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Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare became the toast of Fix Auto UK’s 2023 National Conference after being named as the network’s ‘Bodyshop of the Year’ during the organisation’s highly anticipated ‘Next Gen’ themed National Conference last night.
Presented in front of a record number of delegates, insurer guests and suppliers at The Vox, near Birmingham, Somerset business owners Tony Atkins and Carl Prosser received the network’s blue riband award shortly after stepping up onto the stage to receive the prize for being the best performing repair centre within the network’s Region Five.
Fix Auto Manchester East were also double award winners, Directors Brian Kerrison and Ed and James Gore were first presented with the Admiral Insurance Bodyshop of the Year and moments later received the network’s Outstanding Customer Service Award.

The evening was hosted by Mat Watson, arguably the world’s leading automotive YouTuber with more than nine million followers on the video-sharing site and various social media platforms.

Fix Auto Mid Devon was named as the Allianz Bodyshop of the Year, Fix Auto Kings Norton received the Covéa Insurance Bodyshop of the Year prize and Fix Auto Stevenage scooped the RSA Insurance Bodyshop Of The Year prize.
Those insurer-led successes were calculated by Fix Auto UK, based on the work the network completed for its insurer clients over the past 12 months.
Region Three, lead by Regional Business Manager Steve Lawrence, was named as the network’s Region of the Year and Calum Gillet, who serves Fix Auto Mid Devon and Newton Abbot, received the Nigel Luffman Award and named as the network’s Apprentice of the Year.
Fix Auto Felixstowe received the inaugural Fix Auto Green Bodyshop of the Year Award and Fix Auto Atherstone, which joined the network inJanuary 2022, headed home with the network’s Newcomer of the Year award.
Paying tribute to the award winners, Fix Auto UK’s Managing Director Ian Pugh, said: “Once again our awards evening highlighted the breadth of talent throughout the organisation and the total commitment to our customers our Franchise Partners pay to ensure we continually provide an industry-leading service.

“I know I’ve said this previously, while we have to have winners and my sincere congratulations goes out to every recipient, in reality, each and every Franchise Partner in our network deserves recognition for the level of service they consistently deliver.”

Ian added: “Every year we seem to raise the bar for our National Conference and 2023 has been no exception. We welcomed a record number of delegates, insurers, industry experts and suppliers to a world class venue that has lived up to all of our expectations. Yet again, I am delighted to say our conference has proven to be another standout event for this industry of ours and, again, made me extremely proud to lead this organisation."

Caption: Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare Directors Carl Prosser (centre) and Tony Atkins collect the coveted Fix Auto UK Bodyshop of the Year trophy, their first of two awards of the evening, from the network’s Operations Director Mark Hutchins (left), Luke Nineham of Sherwin-Williams and evening host, famed YouTuber Mat Watson.

Caption: Double award winners… Fix Auto Manchester East Directors Brian Kerrison (second left), Ed Gore (centre) and James Gore (right) collecting the network’s Outstanding Customer Service Award from event host Mat Watson and Grace Weddell, Head of Brand and Communications.

Fix Auto UK 2023 Roll of Honour
Allianz Insurance Bodyshop of the Year - Fix Auto Mid Devon
Admiral Insurance Bodyshop of the Year - Fix Auto Manchester East
RSA Insurance Bodyshop of the Year – Fix Auto Stevenage
Fix Auto UK Network Employee of the Year
Region 1 – Nick Argo (Fix Auto Ayr)
Region 2 – Gemma Milner (Fix Auto Keighley, Bradford & Leeds)
Region 3 – Michael Neil (Fix Auto Wednesbury Central)
Region 4 – Abbie Richardson (Fix Auto Harlow)
Region 5 – Kat Maude (Fix Auto Paignton)
Overall Winner Network Employee of the Year – Abbie Richardson (Fix Auto Harlow)

Thatcham EV Ready Award – Ben Stephens (Fix Auto Lichfield)
Fix Auto UK Brand & Integration Award - Fix Auto Slough
Fix Auto UK Outstanding Customer Service Award - Fix Auto Manchester East
Fix Auto UK Multi Site Operator of the Year – Fix Auto Oswestry & Wrexham
Nigel Luffman Award - Apprentice of the Year – Calum Gillet – Fix Auto Mid Devon
Fix Auto UK Newcomer of the Year - Fix Auto Atherstone
Fix Auto UK Green Bodyshop of the Year - Fix Auto Felixstowe
Fix Auto UK Employee of the Year – Hayley Hutchins
Fix Auto UK Extra Mile Award – Fix Auto Newbury, Fix Auto Sandhurst and Fix Auto Wednesbury Central

Fix Auto UK Regional Winners
Region 1 – Fix Auto Glasgow North
Region 2 – Fix Auto Worsley
Region 3 – Fix Auto Skegness
Region 4 – Fix Auto Mitcham
Region 5 – Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare
Fix Auto UK Region of the Year - Region 3 (Managed by Steve Lawrence)
Fix Auto UK Bodyshop of the Year - Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare

10 Year Anniversaries Awards Presented to;
 Fix Auto Leeds South
Fix Auto Portsmouth (were absent on the evening)

Notes to Editors:
· Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 780 bodyshops.
· Fix Auto UK carries out more than 150,000 body repairs per year for leading motor insurance companies, fleets, and retail customers.
· Fix Auto UK, Lyndale House, Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1WL. Tel: 0116 3265401.
· Fix Auto UK’s Portfolio of wholly owned repair centres comprises Fix Auto Daventry, Fix Auto Colwyn Bay, Fix Auto Barnsley, Fix Auto Crawley, Fix Auto Paignton, Fix Auto Liverpool South, Fix Auto Castleford, Fix Auto Newport and Fix Auto Henley-on-Thames. The Network also holds a majority share in Fix Auto Goole.

Please Note: For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596. Email: mrichards@fixauto.co.uk