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Thanks to the generosity of guests who attended its recent National Conference, Fix Auto UK has proudly handed over a cheque for £5,000 to AutoRaise, the body repair industry’s own organisation created to find, develop and nurture the talent of the future.

During the network’s annual awards dinner held during the Conference, a prize raffle for a Microsoft Surface Tablet - kindly donated by Autoflow – took place, generating donations of more than £2,300.

The fundraising effort was then boosted by a spontaneous auction of an Apple iPad mini kindly donated by Ben Healey of Fix Auto Birmingham East, who had won the prize during an internal competition earlier in the day.  Following some frenetic bidding involving franchisees, suppliers and guests, the iPad mini was eventually sold for £1,500 - more than four times its usual retail price – to Steve Leal of Fix Auto World.

Despite missing out in the auction, Darren Clark, Sales Director of Advantage Parts Solutions generously donated an additional £500, and the overall fundraising was completed by Ian Pugh of Fix Auto UK, whose £700 donation rounded the total up to £5,000.

Handing over the £5,000 cheque to AutoRaise, Fix Auto UK’s Head of Marketing Tom Hadfield, said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of all the guests who attended our ‘Achieving Peak Performance’ National Conference, I am extremely proud to be able to present £5,000 to AutoRaise, to help them with their impressive efforts to reverse the industry’s skills shortage problem.  AutoRaise have some very exciting plans for the future, and we hope that our donation will help them to accelerate these.”

Bob Linwood, who accepted the sum on behalf of AutoRaise, said: “This is absolutely breathtaking. AutoRaise can’t thank Fix Auto UK enough for considering us as beneficiaries in the first place. As for everyone who so kindly donated, it’s difficult to sufficiently express our gratitude to you all as this will go a long way in finding and capturing new talent of the future that our industry so desperately needs. Thank you so much!”


Notes to Editors:

  • Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 420 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.


Please Note: For further information, please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596.
Email: mark@mrpr.co.uk