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Fix Auto Chelmsford has relocated to a state-of-the-art new repair centre a month ahead of schedule…and owner Danny Ashwell has paid tribute to his team for “moving mountains” to make the move possible.
Despite working towards an original moving date set for the end of October, Danny was forced to accelerate the move following a complication with his primary spraybooth.
With the prospect of having to reduce the number of vehicle repairs, he called upon his team to down tools and work around the clock over a long weekend to complete all the work necessary. Incredibly, the first cars rolled into the new 8,000 ft facility just 36 hours later.
Danny explained: “With all the major amenities and facilities installed, all was going to plan and we’d set a moving in date for the end of October which would have given us plenty of time to complete every job that needed doing. We’re talking things like erecting secure fencing, laying out the car parking areas and of course, moving over vital equipment.
“But when our existing spraybooth went down, pushing the move through seemed the obvious solution to maintain our level of workload even though I knew we had a mountain to climb to get it all done. Fortunately, the team got right behind it and worked tirelessly to make it happen. I couldn’t be prouder.”
As the new facility has been designed for improved efficiencies, Danny believes he’ll be able to return a              25 per cent increase in vehicle repairs over the 110 vehicles per month that were processed through his previous site which is due to be redeveloped into flats.
In early 2022, Danny revealed his ambitious plans to expand from a single site operator to overseeing four, a plan that included relocating his ‘flagship’ repair centre in Chelmsford. In December last year he opened Fix Auto Braintree and he already another site earmarked in the region.
Ian Pugh, Managing Director for Fix Auto UK, said: “What Danny and his team are achieving is totally inspiring. He laid out some bold plans 18 months ago and you must applaud his determination to keep to his script.
“When faced with a daunting challenge to complete the work needed on his new site and then relocate the business within days rather than weeks is a mighty achievement and is a credit to all involved.”

Caption:  Relocated… Danny Ashwell, owner of Fix Auto Chelmsford has relocated his business following a five-month project to transform a former factory into a into a state-of-the-art repair centre.

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 and Fix Auto Cheltenham.
· Fix Auto Chelmsford, 35-37 Hanbury Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3AE. Tel: 01245 265264.

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