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Four years ago Matthew Davies and Paul Gravell were working for a prominent South Wales repairer, today they are the latest super-ambitious business owners to join Fix Auto UK and will operate as Fix Auto Swansea West.
Having formed KillaShine during the height of the pandemic where they offered a one-car-in, one car-out proposition, the pair now employ 12 and are repairing up to 80 vehicles a month. However, both want to maintain their meteoric growth, further increase their capacity and become a multi-site operator – which is why they’ve joined the network.
Having spent their first months in a humble lock-up big enough for a single car, such is the demand for their services they’ve moved twice and they are currently operating from a 14,400 sq ft repair centre. They are in discussions to take over an adjoining unit that would elevate the business to more than 45,000 sq ft of bodyshop plus secure car parking.  That extra space, they say, will enable them to develop a seamless workflow system that would “significantly” increase capacity.
And they’re not stopping there as the duo are already looking at expanding into another area of the region.
“We often talked about going out on our own,” said Matthew, a spray painter by trade, “an opportunity arose during Covid and we haven’t looked back. Since day one we have always said we wanted to grow and expand, joining Fix Auto UK will help us fulfil those ambitions.”
Paul, a panel technician, added: “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time. We have built up a great reputation for not only repairing cars to the highest standards but also being great employers. We’re still on the tools and love being part of the team but, we are super ambitious and realise without the help and support being part of an organisation like Fix Auto UK brings we would struggle to take the business to that next level.”
Fix Auto UK’s Managing Director Ian Pugh, said: “What Matthew and Paul have achieved in such a short time frame is astonishing. From start up to repairing 80 vehicles a month and cultivating a highly enviable reputation in four years is a credit to them. They have done everything right with the correct processes in place that return impressive metrics. But they are full of ambition and want to take their business to a whole new level. The fact they’ve turned to Fix Auto UK to help them fulfil those ambitions is tribute to our own proposition and we’re excited to have them on board.”

Ian added: “Six weeks ago we welcomed Kevin Dunlop and Fix Auto Tewkesbury to the network under similar circumstances. These truly ambitious entrepreneurs are the future of our industry and I am just delighted they’ve turned to us for that much needed help and support we have a track record of providing.”

Caption:  From start-up to Fix Auto Swansea West in four years… Fix Auto UK’s Business Development Manager Martin Willis (left) welcomes the latest new Franchise Partners Matthew Davies and Paul Gravell (right) to the network.

Caption: Fix Auto Swansea West

Notes to Editors:
· Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 930 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.
· Fix Auto Swansea West, PMB House, Kingsway, Fforestfach, Swansea, SA5 4ES. Tel: 01792 580627.

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