AW Group wins LV= Community Award

AW Repair Group is honoured to have received the LV= Insurance Community Award in recognition of work with charitable organisations throughout the past year.

From painting village bicycles yellow, to opening up collection points for fire victims and helping the homeless, the past year has seen AW’s helping hand spread up and down the country.

Michael Golding, Network Manager of the national insurance company LV= commented: “It’s great to see AW get the recognition for this award and all the team should be very proud.”

Added Andrew Walsh, Managing Director, AW Repair Group: “Winning the LV= Community award was a great boost for the team. As a company we interact as much as possible with our local communities and recognition from a prestigious insurer as LV= is the icing on the cake for us!”

The award noted the various charitable events throughout the year including the sponsorship of lycra shirts for 24 cyclists collectively clocking up nearly 3,000 miles to raise money for sick children in memory of toddler Naomi Fardell. Cycling from Great Ormond Street, London, to Grantham, Lincolnshire, The Naomi Trust cyclists’ sponsorship benefited Grantham Hospital Children’s Ward, Glenfield Intensive Care Unit and Great Ormond Street – all hospitals which helped Naomi during her short life.

From amateur cyclists to the Tour of Britain in August which, for the first time, passed through Nottinghamshire. The county’s villages en route were keen to join in with Edingley hitting the headlines as they decorated the streets with yellow bikes – painted by AW Repair Group’s Newark, Nottinghamshire site.

The award judges were also moved by AW Repair Group joining those across the country in solidarity with the victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster. Being in the Midlands and away from the focal point of London, staff and members of the community felt helpless until AW Repair Group decided to open the five sites across the East Midlands as drop-off points for donations of soft furnishings.

The branches were inundated with hundreds of donations of bedding and curtains and although it soon became apparent that the overwhelming support in London meant that the donations were being turned away the company continued to accept while looking for another charity in need.

As the year end approached and with the thought of homeless spending Christmas on the streets AW Repair Group chose Christian homelessness charity The Nomad Trust as the worthy beneficiary.

Hundreds of bags, boxes and crates were loaded into the Nissan Leaf electric courtesy cars (saving the world too!) and delivered to the trust where volunteers were overwhelmed by the generosity. The donations provided immediate resource for the homeless and items to sell in the charity’s shops.

These events have been held alongside sponsoring the AutoRaise Summer Ball, RoundTable OktoberFest and branches partaking in the annual Children In Need activities and Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Added Jade Johnson, AW Repair Group, Marketing & Communications: “We believe our community spirit supports those in need and unites our personnel as well as supporting our company ethos that our customers should be able to know and trust us even before becoming a customer.”

Due to the adverse weather, AW were unable to attend the LV= Claims Awards in Bournemouth but are looking forward to taking receipt of the award in due course.

 

AW Support National Apprenticeship Week

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we thought we’d introduce you to our 7 apprentices. Each has their own slant on why they chose an apprenticeship and what they enjoy most about it.

 

Name: Will

Site: Sleaford

Apprenticeship type: Multi-skilled

Joined AW: February 2018

Favourite skill learnt: I have enjoyed learning how to weld the most so far, but looking forward to all the other skills I’m going to learn.

Why an apprenticeship: It’s a good way to train on the job, so I can pick up practical experience skills while the learning is still interesting.

Why AW: I wanted to work for a reputable company that I knew would make a life-long career. I enjoy that the course and qualifications have been designed for AW. Every day is different and each day I’m learning more and can only get better.

 

 

Name: Josh

Site: Newark

Apprenticeship type: Multi-skilled

Joined AW: November 2017

Favourite part of apprenticeship: I have really enjoyed the working atmosphere and learning new skills and seeing lots of different vehicles.

Why an apprenticeship: I didn’t want to go into further education. I wanted to learn a trade that I could turn into a career and enjoy.

Why AW: I enjoy working for AW because I am learning new skills and developing myself with the help of the team every day. I am always kept busy and enjoy the different variety of vehicles I work with and the different skills I’m learning. AW have provided me with support and also the equipment I need to succeed.

 

 

Name: Jack

Site: Denaby Main

Apprenticeship type: Multi-skilled

Joined AW: July 2017

Favourite Car: Lamborghini Aventador

Why an apprenticeship: I felt that the best way to develop my skill set was to go down the apprenticeship route, to ensure I progressed to where I want to be.

Why AW: AW are great, the team at Denaby are like a big family. There’s always someone happy to help or offer advice and support when it’s needed.

 

 


Name: Ryan

Site: Denaby Main

Apprenticeship type: Multi-skilled

Joined AW: April 2017

Best part of what you’ve learnt: Currently, I enjoy the panel aspect of the whole repair process. However, I’ve just started learning prep/paint and really enjoying it.

Why an apprenticeship: In honesty, I like learning whilst earning!

Why AW: I love how much effort and support AW put into me to make me better at my job., It’s really encouraging.

 

 

Name: Leon

Site: Markham Vale

Apprenticeship type: Multi-skilled

Joined AW: December 2017

Favourite Car: Ford Mustang

Why an apprenticeship: : I’ve always been interested in cars, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to do.

Why AW: AW is a great company, the workshops are clean and modern. I also like being part of a growing company which will help to secure my future. Thank you to AW for my opportunity.

 

Charlie & Harvey, our two apprentices at our Nottingham site filmed a day in the life of being an apprentice. Watch below to see what they get up to in a typical day and their thoughts on apprenticeships.

Adverse weather conditions

**UPDATED 10:00. FRI 2ND MARCH**

Due to the weather conditions we are still not receiving deliveries from our suppliers causing disruption. Collection/delivery of vehicles is still being affected also. Please bear with us as we work to minimise the disruption where we can. Be careful on the roads and only make journeys where necessary.

 

**UPDATED 15:20. THURS 1ST MARCH**

Our phone lines will be closing today at 4:30pm. After this time you can leave a voicemail or email callback@awrepairgroup.co.uk. Please include your vehicle registration and we will help as efficiently as possible.

 

**ORIGINAL POST 10:00. THURS 1ST MARCH**

We are currently open, operating with skeleton staff due to the adverse weather conditions.

Staff safety is paramount therefore vehicle collections and deliveries will be affected due to road closures and conditions, severe snow drifts and ice are affecting many of the roads that surround our sites.

We are able to take incoming calls should you wish to contact us for an update.

The ongoing effect is likely to disrupt next weeks schedule also, therefore please bear with us as we work to minimise disruption.

We will keep you updated as the weather changes.