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Fix Auto UK’s position in the North West has been further strengthened with the appointment to the network of AP Auto Paint in Northwich.  

Formed by Vinny Lomas 11 years ago, the new franchise partner will operate as Fix Auto Mid Cheshire.

The business joins many others in the network whereby the passion and drive from a skilled individual has taken a dream of one day being his own boss and turned it into a reality.

Having learned his trade spray-painting high end sports cars from TVR, Lotus and Porsches, the 42-year-old further honed his skills by working for several local repairers operating in the Cheshire area before setting out on his own. Initially serving family, friends and local traders, Vinny’s reputation swiftly soared and within six months he’d moved into larger premises and employed his first apprentice.

That was nine years ago and two expansions later, the business supports six staff and repairs 40 vehicles month.

Workshop Manager Phil Chesworth joined the team four years ago to help elevate and grow the operation and under his stewardship, it has gained official manufacturer approval status from Mazda and, more importantly, the BS10125 accreditation, a key element needed to join Fix Auto UK.

“I have seen what can be achieved in this industry with drive, ambition and skill,” said Vinny, “and while I like to think I have those qualities, I am a realist to know I need help and support from a business point of view to continually grow and develop.

“I am ambitious, while I am really pleased with how the business has grown so far, we have so much more potential. For me, joining Fix Auto UK will unlock that potential.”

Ian Pugh, Managing Director for Fix Auto UK, said: “I have been vocal about our passion to help develop true entrepreneurs who have a clear vision and the drive to succeed and develop their businesses. Vinny and his team clearly fit that mould.

“He has built up an enviable reputation locally and an extremely sound base for a repair business to flourish. In summary, by his own admission, Vinny believes he’s still at the start of a journey and he’s joined Fix Auto UK to help and support himself and his team which is our forte. I really look forward to what the future holds for Fix Auto Mid Cheshire.”

Fix Auto UK’s latest Franchise Partner Vinny Lomas (left) of Fix Auto Mid Cheshire with his Site Manager Phil Chesworth and Martin Willis, Fix Auto UK’s Business Development Manager.

Notes to Editors:
· Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 786 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 Mid Cheshire, Unit 4 Old Block Plant, Wincham Lane, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6D. Tel: 01606 331020.
Please Note: For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596. Email: mrichards@fixauto.co.uk