FIX AUTO EDINBURGH WEST COMPLETES MAJOR EXPANSION
Fix Auto Edinburgh West has completed a major new development to double the size of its production facilities – further underlining growing confidence in the body repair sector.
Little more than two years after joining Fix Auto UK, owners Stewart and Carol Roden have invested more than £300,000 to build the new 4,500 sq ft state-of-the-art panel repair facility to operate alongside their existing workshop.
The couple expect that, when fully staffed, the new facilities will increase production by at least 30 per cent. Two panel technicians and a spray-painter have already been recruited, with efforts being made to secure a second dedicated painter.
The news is the latest inward investment announced by Fix Auto franchisees including a £1m project to develop a Fix & Go facility at Fix Auto Rochdale, a new Fix & Go centre at Fix Auto Mid Devon and the takeover of Cavanagh’s Ltd by Fix Auto Cardiff owner Steve Peart, which in doing opens Fix Auto Hereford alongside another express repair facility.
Fix Auto Edinburgh West’s new development will house its panel repair facilities, allowing the original workshop to become a dedicated paint shop. Further investment has been made in the latest repair equipment, alongside a new IT system.
“While Carol and I have always planned to expand the bodyshop, joining Fix Auto UK has certainly helped make that decision a reality,” said Stewart.
“We bought some additional land adjoining our existing site last year which takes our total area here to close on five acres, three of which are perfect for future expansion plans should we decide to grow even further.”
Stewart, who has an unrivalled reputation in Scotland for repairing supercars like Ferraris and Aston Martins, added: “We have built the business on a philosophy of low volume but high-end repairs. That is still very much our goal, however joining Fix Auto UK has brought a whole new direction to our business and, undoubtedly, given us the confidence to action our plans to further develop and invest in the business.”
Carol added: “The new building has totally energised the team. Working in a brand new, fresh and spacious environment with the very latest equipment has really had a positive impact on the guys and that’s terrific to see. When we’re fully staffed we are confident our already impressive repair output will increase by at least 30 per cent.”
Welcoming the news, Ian Pugh of Fix Auto UK, said: “Once again we have another franchisee who has shown their confidence in the network and indeed the industry. This is another major investment that ensures we, as a network, continue to develop capacity to support our insurer partners.”
Notes to Editors:
- Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 400 bodyshops.
- Fix Auto UK carries out more than 120,000 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 Edinburgh West, Edinburgh Road, Glendevon, Winchburgh, EH52 6PX. Tel: 01506 890724
For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596.