AutoRaise REAL Rally

AW Nottingham Knights & AW 63 Squadron are soon to set off on their voyage to the glorious Scottish Highlands with the AutoRaise REAL Rally.

Inspired by recent events, team name ‘AW Nottingham Knights’ was chosen as Managing Director Andrew Walsh was named 2018 Industry Knight by ABP at their annual Night of Knights event, whilst ‘AW 63 Squadron’ is a nod to the aviation roots and heritage of company HQ in Lincolnshire.

With the first day being compulsory fancy dress, keep your eye out for a social media posting of our teams dressed rather appropriately (and we’re sure you’ll have a laugh too)!

The two eye-catching corporate Blue & Orange painted Toyota Celica’s are setting off on their journey Tuesday lunchtime ahead of meeting the rest of the teams on the starting grid on Wednesday morning at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, before heading further up north into Edinburgh over the following days.

Throughout the rally AW will be active on social media and their blog, so make sure you’re following AW on all platforms.

The Rally challenges teams to buy a vehicle for no more than £1,000 and upgrade inhouse to potential winning status. Two of AW’s young apprentices have been involved in preparing the vehicles which will be driven by Ben Hissitt, Jade Johnson and two of the groups apprentices, Will Green and Charlie Marchbank.

So far AW have raised £2,500 for AutoRaise, supporting young people and apprenticeships in the automotive industry.

There’s still time to donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AWRepairGroup

Big thank you to our sponsors, PPG Refinish UK, Perrys, JD Garage Equipment, AGM Services, Junair Spraybooths, Car-O-Liner and U-Pol Ltd.

AW Award Apprentice Achievements

Five talented young AW apprentices were recognised at the ABP Body Repair Industry Apprentice Awards (BRIAA’s) yesterday (Tuesday 18th June).

Twenty-one-year-old Estonian-born Hegert (Nottingham) and the AW Training & Apprenticeship Academy’s first female apprentice 21-year-old Summer (Denaby Fast Finish) jointly received the Best Apprentice Newcomer Award.

AW presented awards in three categories this year with Most Improved also a shared title between 18-year-old Jack (Denaby Main) and Leon (17) from the Markham Vale site.

And the title of AW’s 2019 Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Joshua (18) from the Newark site.

AW’s Training & Apprenticeship academy has grown and developed significantly over the past two years, recruiting 20 young people into the business.

Ian Pearson, Technical & Training Academy Manager commented: “It was extremely difficult to choose one apprentice per category so we had to jointly award Best Newcomer and Most Improved. We chose to reward the two apprentices who have really shone due to their attitude, commitment and progression for our Best Apprentice Newcomer award and we wanted to recognise two individuals who due to their hard work and persistence have really turned their career journey around for our Most Improved award.

“Then we had the tough decision of naming our 2019 Apprentice of the Year. Again it was very close so we took into consideration college reports and their work both in the classroom and the workplace. They’re all doing so well, it was hard to single anyone out.”

Added Jade Johnson, Business Relations & Marketing Manager, “The BRIAA’s were another great event by ABP this year. Seeing so many apprentices in our industry being awarded and recognised for what they are doing is fantastic. I’m glad AutoRaise is raising the profile that there really are some fantastic career opportunities in the body repair industry.”

AW Repair Group are looking forward to commencing on the AutoRaise REAL Rally next week with two of the group’s apprentices, who have worked to prepare the rally vehicles, taking part.

Best Newcomer joint winner Summer was also recently featured in a three minute documentary by Telegraph Newspaper Media Group about AW Repair Group’s commitment to the future of the industry.
Click here to view: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/business-club/business/car-accident-repairs/

£1,000 donation to industry charity, Ben

AW Repair Group and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have teamed up to give the automotive charity Ben a £1,000 boost.

ERAC asked AW to nominate a worthy charity to be this year’s recipient of the annual community donation. Last year’s beneficiary was a Nottinghamshire food bank charity.

Pictured above is ERAC East Midlands Area Manager, Tom Hinton, AW Repair Group’s Business Relations Manager, Jade Johnson and Ben’s Partnership Development Manager, Glyn Fisher.

Jade commented, “We’ve been promoting Ben’s services within AW Repair Group for the last 12 months, particularly now mental health is so openly discussed and the feedback we’ve had from our staff has been brilliant.”

The donation will help Ben continue its life-changing work helping automotive industry people and their family dependents through life’s toughest challenges.

Details on Ben’s next flagship event, Ben Ball, can be found here: https://ben.org.uk/ben-for-business/backing-ben/find-an-event/flagship-events/benball-2019/