AW Group listed in Top 200 Fastest Growing Business in East Midlands

Following success as a finalist at The National Growing Business Awards last week, AW Repair Group has claimed a spot in a newly released report listing the East Midlands Top 200 fastest growing businesses.

The report, compiled by financial and business advisors Grant Thornton, highlights the region’s businesses which have the strongest profit growth over the three year period 2015-2018.

And North Kesteven District in Lincolnshire, home to AW Repair Group’s founding site, headquarters and prestige repair centre, is one of 20 national districts to top the Health, Well-Being and Happiness Indicator scale. The indicator concludes that people living and working in these vibrant districts are “leading fulfilling lives which provide individual prospects.”

AW Repair Group’s Founder and CEO Andrew Walsh said he was delighted the company’s growth has been recognised.

“The report covers businesses in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire and we are proud to have six of our sites in three of these counties,” said Andrew. “And we have of course since opened our ninth site near Leeds.

“It is always a real pleasure to be acknowledged in Top Lists compiled using only real analysed financial figures independently researched and compiled without us even knowing.”

To make it onto the list this year, the 7th annual report by Grant Thornton, businesses have achieved in excess of 11% adjusted profit growth per year for three years. Ninety-one of this year’s Top 200 are new entrants with AW Repair Group at number 67.

Mark Pashley of Grant Thornton commented: “Our region continues to exhibit a vibrant mix of successful and dynamic businesses promoting the East Midlands as a fantastic place to work, live and do business.”

Last week AW attended a ceremony at the Tower of London celebrating the outstanding companies and entrepreneurs with the company highlighted for demonstrating it has challenged conventional thinking in their market or industry and seen positive commercial results.

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AW Strengthen Leadership Team

AW Repair Group has announced a change to its leadership structure following the opening of its ninth site last week.

Former managing director Andrew Walsh now takes the title of Founder and CEO with newly titled Group Operations Director James Dunn welcoming on-board to the operations team Steve Hoe as Technical Development and VM Manager. Steve has worked for the group for 19 years, his current post being general manager of the group HQ and prestige manufacturer site in Sleaford for 12 years.

Andrew explained: “As we continue to grow it is so important to have the right support network in place for our teams across all areas of the business. All members of the Group Operations Team are long-standing employees of the company with years of experience, knowledge and commitment to the AW ethos. Together we discuss and implement new processes, practices and ideas with input from every area to ensure a successful and enthusiastic rollout. And of course this includes all the technical, IT and legal infrastructure that may underpin any changes.”

Established in the Group Ops Team is Finance and Legal Director Emma Walsh, Customer Relations & Aftercare Manager Lorren Bristow, Compliancy & Training Manager Ian Pearson, Partnership & Communications Manager Jade Johnson, Group Financial Controller Kantha Arumugam and HR Administrator Kim Jackson.

The nine strong team have together clocked up 135 years service with AW Repair Group.

AW release Moonwalk film ahead of ABP Convention

Having trialled a revolutionary paint mixing system for the past six weeks, AW Repair Group will be in the spotlight at tomorrow’s annual Auto Body Professionals Convention (Tuesday) and has launched a short film showcasing the product.

PPG’s MOONWALK™ automated mixing scheme can accurately mix vehicle paint shades in quantities as small as the cap on a fizzy drink bottle and has been changing the way AW Repair Group’s Nottingham site streamlines this essential part of the repair process.

At the ABP convention AW Group Founder and CEO Andrew Walsh will be on stage with PPG’s National Sales Manager for UK and Ireland Refinish Mark Clarke to be quizzed about MOONWALK™ and the many benefits already being seen during the first few weeks of the trial.

AW expand into North Yorkshire with site nine

It tookonly nine weeks to transform an oil-covered engineering workshop into AW Repair Group’s dazzling ninth site.

And it seems nine is the lucky number as the 9,000 square feet site at Sherburn-In-Elmet officially opened yesterday (Monday) and epitomises the group’s labour saving and technology advances successfully trialled and implemented throughout the group during the past two years.

The site, centrally located with a 30 minute drive time to Leeds, York and Wakefield, boasts in-house ADAS and Electric Vehicle capability and takes AW’s annualised turnover to £19.3M.

Following the success at our other sites, Sherburn also follows the group’s preferred design of skate and rail transfer system with Junair 10m drive through booth with QADs and LED lighting.

“This has proven to free up space and repair more vehicles with less people,” said AW Repair Group’s Founder and CEO Andrew Walsh. “We’ve made some real tangible changes in our processes over the past two years and the Sherburn site includes all of these.

“Our sites work as an integrated team with a five day key to key target. We have always had a tight-knit team. However, there is a new feel of change and togetherness in AW which is essential as we move into a new generation of crash repair technology.”

“This is also the first site to include from the outset an Electric Vehicle Safety Kit and Tool Board,” continued Andrew. “The mobile kit includes safety hook, specific tooling and EV signage and all the staff here will be EV trained. As with our other sites all technicians also have a tablet for accessing methods and job cards, in-progress photographs and quick additional damage evidence and notification to our VDA team.”

The site will be led by General Manager, Steve Oxley who has 20 years’ experience in the industry and has been working with AW for the past 6 months. Steve & Group Operations Manager, James Dunn have hand-picked the team at Sherburn who have been integrated into AW’s procedures and processes over the past month prior to opening yesterday.

Committing to the company’s environmental sustainability policy the Sherburn site also boasts motion sensor LED lighting through the workshop and open plan corporate blue, orange and glass reception and offices.

Plastic welding and cold repair systems affirm the group’s repair over replace philosophy and other equipment includes PowerTec Miracle Pull, PPG low energy compact system, integral Minden Dust Extraction, three mid-rise lifts, eco-friendly radiant heating, Car-O-Liner and Car-O-Tronic Measuring System.

The Sherburn site, which is 25 miles from AW’s next nearest site at Denaby Main, near Doncaster, has created 14 jobs and new apprenticeship opportunities will be available shortly as the Training and Apprenticeship Academy opens for new intakes in the first quarter of 2020.

Added Andrew: “I’d like to thank our usual team of contractors who have done a wonderful job bringing this project to fruition. The building is in a great location with a secure compound but it really was in a poor condition. To think it has been turned into this high tech bodyshop with the usual AW quality, standards and corporate identity in nine weeks is just remarkable.”


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AW turn Green to Gold

NBRA held their first Greener Bodyshop Awards on 31st October, where AW Repair Group scooped The Gold Award for a Greener Bodyshop.

AW strive for environmental sustainability across all nine sites. Their main aim is to reduce their overall carbon footprint by using eco-friendly products and processes across all aspects of Vehicle Body Repair, both in the bodyshop and offices.

AW’s commitment to environmental sustainability was pioneered this summer by providing 500 branded water bottles free to both staff and customers throughout the month of August, the campaign aimed to promote the reduction of plastic waste.

Adopting more than ten green processes across the group, all sites have energy saving motion sensor LED-lighting, fitted by IDES, compacting cardboard waste, Skate and Rail Vehicle Transfer systems, Variable Speed Compressors and Fuel Saver mode Junair spraybooths, all make for a more eco-friendly environmental footprint.

The NBRA Greener Bodyshop Awards are a great initiative to support for the future, which AW are proud to be part of.

Congratulations to all other winners on the evening, from the Bronze Awards, Silver Awards, Gold Awards & Platinum Award.