A day with a VDA

AW Repair Group’s Yorkshire branch welcomed Bodyshop magazine editor to spend ‘a day with a VDA’ this summer.

Editor Mark Hadaway spent the day with Vehicle Damage Assessor team leader Rob Mann taking a close look at the behind the scenes processes before, during and after vehicle repair.

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‘Rob always ensures all details are double checked, simply as part of AW’s ‘best practice’ routine.’ writes Mark. ‘With over 14 years’ experience of using the Audatex platform, educating someone like me really is ‘back to basics’, but Rob couldn’t be more helpful in explaining the ‘ins and outs’ of the process.’

 

‘It’s clear to me Rob is a ‘clued up’ VDA within a switched on business’

 

 

You can see the full article in the online version of Bodyshop magazine by clicking here

(Click through to page 46 and 47)

Sleaford Oktoberfest 2014

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Once again AW Repair Group has been proud to sponsor the Sleaford Oktoberfest with 2014 being bigger and better!

The event was held on 19th and 20th September at Boston Road Recreational Ground, Sleaford, where a large marquee and fair ground rides filled the park land.

 

 

With 40 beers and 18 ciders to choose from –  there would certainly have been a few sore heads on Saturday and Sunday! IMG_2245

The Friday night kicked off at 5pm, live music started at 6pm with bands including The Bliss and The Freefall – both very popular with the crowds.

Saturday opened at 11am with family fun including arts and crafts, bouncy castles and a performance from Sleaford Gymnastics Club. This was shortly followed by 1940s style singer, Sarah Jane and the live music continued until the amazing Ultra 90s hit the stage at 10pm!

We’re already looking forward to next year!!

Sleaford Historic Car and Motorcycle Show 2014

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AW Repair Group’s Lincolnshire branch was delighted to again support the annual Sleaford Historic Car and Motorcycle show. We sponsored Class C, which was vehicles dated from 1965 to 1972.

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The 2014 show took place on Saturday 6th September in the Sleaford Council Office car park. Although it was a fresh morning, we got set up early and were able to watch (and hear!) some of the historic cars and motorcycles arrive. The crowds entered and with them bought the sun!

We would like to congratulate all of the winners in their class, however all cars and motorcycles on display were stunning.

The 2014 Historic Car and Motorcycle Show is the 22nd in a line stretching back to the early 1990’s since when the event has variously been called the Vintage Vehicle Rally, the Sleaford Classic Car Show and from 2000 onwards, the Sleaford Historic Car & Motorcycle Show!

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Efficient and Helpful Staff

“First class service from start to finish”
Ms P. Johnson
19/08/2014

“You should be proud of your team! Staff are wonderful, polite, considerate and the work carried out if of a high standard, I am very pleased! Thanks!”
Ms B.Kinton
22/08/2014

“Efficient & Helpful staff. Brings pleasure to an otherwise troublesome task”
Mr E. Iliffe
25/08/2014

“Good service all round”
Mrs M. Carr
28/08/2014

“Excellent service – Thank you”
Mr P. Quincey
11/09/2014

“Great Service”
Mr T. Bamforth
15/09/2014

Props + Pistons with Porsche Club GB

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Porsche Carrera cup champion Tim Harvey joined AW Repair Group and Lincolnshire Region Porsche Club members at the annual Props and Pistons event on bank holiday Monday.

 

The event, organised by Bush Tyres, is held at East Kirkby aviation centre and is a fantastic blend of aviation and automobile history & enthusiasts.

 

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Before the weather took a turn for the worse we got our event shelter set up ready for the Spitfire fly-past, which was enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

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‘Just Jane’ the NX611 Lancaster is based at East Kirkby, so it was lovely to see the taxi runs she was doing up and down the runway. “Just Jane” was built by Austin Motors at Longbridge near Birmingham, in April 1945. Given the serial number NX611, she was one of the first 150 B Mk VII Avro Lancasters destined as part of the RAF’s Tiger Force in the Far East. In 1964, the French presented her to the Historical Aircraft Preservation Society and flew her to her new home in Sydney where she was overhauled before being flown back to Britain. It took nine days to complete the 12,000 mile journey back to her homeland- seventy flying hours- landing at Biggin Hill on 13 May, 1965.

There were in excess of 20 cars of members of the Porsche Club who attended with us, arriving early to get their spot on the stand. Luckily on arrival the sun was shining so they were able to detail their cars so they were spotless.

 

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Lincolnshire branch manager, Steve Hoe with IMG_1999Tim Harvey, the 1992 British Touring Car Champion and the 2008 and 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion. Tim Harvey won sixteen races in the British Touring Car Championship between 1987 and 1995, but competed in the series until 2002. He was also the winner of the invitational Guia Race of Macau touring car event, in 1989.

 

Lincolnshire Porsche club members below with Tim Harvey

 

 

 

Below are some of the cars on display from the Porschesday

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AW’s supply chain review seeks Added Value: Oakwood win waste contract

A REVIEW of waste disposal services has led AW Repair Group to partner with Nottinghamshire based Oakwood Environmental.

Standardising processes and supply chains across the bodyshop group has been a key focus for 2014 and following a thorough tender process Oakwood demonstrated their cradle to grave audit trail as well as accepting mixed recyclables to meet a 97% recover/recycle target.

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AW Repair Group’s managing director Andrew Walsh (left) said: “Our supply chain review process obviously looks for a cost savings but also a partnership approach where everyone at all levels of the business is part of implementing change.

“All companies will have their accreditations and process but what we also look for is a proactive approach – identifying where change could save cost and a personable key point of contact with a can-do attitude and reciprocal business opportunities. Added value!”

 

Oakwood Environmental will provide services for hazardous waste, dry waste, mixed and bulk on cycles relevant to each producing operation. Online management reports also provide the quick information to demonstrate a full waste management process is in place to the highest standards.

AW Repair Group has already reviewed and implementing change in parts supply, courtesy car supply, IT support, print & document management, vehicle logistics and energy supply.