AW Doubles charity donations for Marie Curie

AW Repair Group has doubled the sponsorship money raised in branch for Marie Curie following the Coast 2 Coast cycle by LV= engineers last month.

Each of AW’s eight sites had a Marie Curie collection tin at reception, raising £110 which AW has doubled to £220 to donate to the Just Giving page.

This extra boost takes the total amount raised for Marie Curie to £4,565.

Thirteen cyclists in their AW branded cycle jerseys completed their 125-mile journey from Ilfracombe to Plymouth on their coast 2 coast charity ride. The cyclists included LV= Field engineers, Kevin Warren, Michael Routley, David Gold, Sean Carver, Stephen Gasson, Peter Savage and Robyn Joy, LV=’s Bristol & Huddersfield in-house engineers, Chris Tucker, Andrew Cross, Brian Kent and Steven Price along with LV= Regional Motor Network Technical Support, Gary Wheeldon and LV= Britannia Rescue Regional Network Manager, Bradley Williams.

LV= supported the event by matching charity donations up to the first £1,000 (included in the above total) whilst Enterprise Rent-A-Car supplied 3 support vehicles.

There is still time to donate by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LVEngineers

Short Film Focuses on AW’s Fast Finish Centres

AW Repair Group, listed in the ABP Top 30 Independent Boydshop Groups, has released a ‘behind the scenes’ video showcasing their Fast Finish Centres.

In celebration of their first birthday this week (15th August) the focal point of the film is AW Fast Finish Centres (Derby), which specialises in small to medium repairs.

The 6,000 sq ft advanced bodyshop is located on Longbridge Lane, Ascot Business Park, two miles from the city centre and less than one mile from Pride Park with claims triaged by AW’s Central First Response Team at their HQ in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

The state of the art repair centre utilises the latest fast repair technologies available in the body repair industry and consists of a three-way Junair Multibooth allowing repair, spray & full bake in each cabin with a sliding door to minimise vehicle movements.

Other facilities include a dedicated area for alloy wheel repair with Wheel Blast unit, plastic welding stations and cold repair system, PowerTec Miracle Pull, PPG low energy Compact system, integral Minden Dust Extraction, mid-riser lifts, 1000Lux LED lighting and eco-friendly radiant heating, all providing a quality working environment.

Managed by Wayne Oakes, who has worked with AW for more than eight years said: “Along with the rapid repair processes and five multi skilled technicians working as a team we have managed to speed up the full repair journey. Customers are delighted they are getting their vehicles back sooner and the customer satisfaction is exceeding 98%”

Added Managing Director, Andrew Walsh: “Derby was the perfect location to support our other sites in the area. Triaging repairs from our First Response team is working very well and the site is achieving a quicker throughput without compromising quality or customer satisfaction.”

View the short video on our YouTube channel:

AW director receives global business leader award

AW Repair Group’s Managing Director has received a global accolade for business leadership.

Andrew Walsh is one of just 50 worldwide business leaders to receive the 2019 Global CEO Excellence Awards by digital publishers CEO Monthly.

The title of Auto Repair MD of the Year sits alongside global winners across diverse sectors including Catering (Switzerland), Chemical Products (Brazil), Compliance Software (Australia), Digital Marketing (Dubai), Pharmaceutical (Canada), Financial Planning (USA) and Automotive Manufacturer scooped by BMW Group UK’s CEO Graeme Grieve.

“A business is only as good as its leadership, and whilst it takes many hands to make a company work, CEOs and MDs hold the majority of the responsibility and power in any organisation,” said Awards Co-ordinator Katherine Benton.

“Every ship needs a captain, someone who can plot the course and navigate the waters rough and calm. That is why CEO Monthly has chosen to honour those individuals committed to driving business growth and baring the responsibility of making crucial corporate decisions which can make or break a business entity. This is a tough challenge and our awards highlight the very best of the best from across the corporate landscape.”

Added Andrew: “I’m really delighted to accept this award from Global CEO Magazine. As Katherine has said, a business is all about teamwork but there needs to be clear and consistent directives from the business leader to secure and maintain success in any market place.”

An interview with Andrew in CEO Global’s awards review special edition magazine Andrew comments: “Here at AW Repair Group the secret of our success is our innovative nature to devise processes to embrace the car manufacturing industry developments. Turning a smaller business into a larger business is perhaps the biggest challenge I have found over the years. Managing infrastructure, processes, delegation of trust to the right people, time management and balancing priorities have been my core roles over the past two decades. Through this process I have become a more equanimous person with regards to both business matters and our people, and as a result I am happy with the outcome of this invigorating journey.”

The awards judging panel reviewed independent research centred around the evaluation of skills and services on offer whilst recognising each nominee’s wider market reputation.

“Each case file was built by investigations into public domain sources including services, products, articles, client and customer testimonials, financial performance, presence within the industry, social media, recent project completions and more,” Katherine explained. “All shortlisted parties were then presented to our judging panel for their consideration and to move successfully from nominee to winner there must be evidence of expertise within a given field, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.”

Global CEO, part of the digital publishing powerhouse AI Global Media, has a subscription base of 60,000 business leaders across the globe and thousands more to its sister publications including LUXlife, Global Energy News and BUILD.

Read the full interview interview with Andrew in CEO Global’s awards review special edition magazine at https://www.ceo-review.com/issues/2019-global-ceo-excellence-awards/

 

 

 

Work starts at AW’s ninth site

AW Repair Group is pleased to announce that expansion plans for the group are well underway with site nine due to open later this year.

The 9,000sq ft site is situated 30 minutes from major cities, Leeds, York and Wakefield and is only 25 miles from AW’s site in Denaby Main. The latest addition to AW group will create circa 12 jobs in the area with apprenticeship opportunities available.

Work has started this week on the modern detached building, which is just 10 minutes from the A1M and 20 minutes from the M62.

The purpose designed bodyshop utilises the latest technological advances available to maximise efficiency and will feature a 10m drive-through Junair spraybooth with QAD drying technology, Skate & Rail vehicle transfer system to minimise vehicle movements and PPG refinishing system. The site will include full Electric and Hybrid vehicle repair capabilities with all staff trained in EV’s to mirror AW’s other eight repair centres. The two-story offices will consist of AW corporate Blue and Orange branding throughout reception, admin offices and the meeting room.

The site will include integral Minden Dust Extraction, eco-friendly radiant heating and 1000 Lux LED Lighting, creating a quality working environment for the team who will be moving there from AW’s sister sites, where they have been training.

These expansion plans are announced only weeks after the opening of AW’s second LV= General Insurance sole supply site in Denaby Main.

Click below to watch AW’s Business Documentary on YouTube:

Second LV= Sole Supply site for AW

AW Repair Group is delighted to announce its second LV= sole supply site is now in operation. The exclusive arrangement with LV= General Insurance boosts the groups annualised turnover to over £17.5M.

The 5,500sq ft dual-branded site is located alongside the group’s 15,000sq ft site at Denaby Main, South Yorkshire, perfectly located for LV= GI existing customers in the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

Mirroring tried and tested fast repair technologies across AW’s other sites, this bodyshop utilises the latest technological advances available in the body repair industry to maximise efficiency. Skate & rail vehicle transfer system minimising vehicle movements, leading to a Junair side-loading 8m booth with QAD drying technology, PPG refinishing system, Junair’s Smart Air, PowerTec Miracle Pull and dedicated plastic welding stations including a cold repair system.

1000-Lux LED lighting, eco-friendly radiant heating & integral Minden dust extraction all provide a quality working environment for the team of five multi-skilled repair technicians and the group’s first female apprentice, 21-year old Summer, who was named as ‘Best Newcomer’ at ABP’s recent BRIAA’s.

Rob Mann, General Manager of the Denaby LV= site who has worked for AW for more than seven years commented: “Our multi-skilled technicians are working really well together as a team and in our first month we achieved a three-day key to key.”

Added James Dunn, Group Operations Manager: “A three-day key to key in the first month trading as an LV= sole supply site is a great achievement for the team. We’re already receiving some really positive customer feedback, currently exceeding 95%.”

AW were recently chosen as one of 12 businesses to be featured in the prestigious Telegraph Newspaper Business Club’s profiles for 2019.

Click here to watch the documentary:

 

AW support LV= Charity event for Marie Curie

AW Repair Group is delighted to sponsor a LV= Charity Cycle Race in aid of Marie Curie.

Thirteen cyclists will don their AW branded cycle shirts as they complete a cumulative 1,625 miles coast to coast route.

The team will be starting at Ilfracombe this Saturday (6th July 2019) and finishing in Plymouth.   LV= Field engineers, Kevin Warren, Michael Routley, David Gold, Sean Carver, Stephen Gasson, Peter Savage and Robyn Joy are joined by LV=’s Bristol & Huddersfield in-house engineers, Chris Tucker, Andrew Cross, Brian Kent and Steven Price along with LV= Regional Motor Network Technical Support, Gary Wheeldon and LV= Britannia Rescue Regional Network Manager, Bradley Williams and are all looking forward their 125 mile journey in the south-west of the country.

LV= are supporting the coast to coast cycle by matching charity donations up to the first £1,000 and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have supplied the riders with 3 vehicles to support the ride.

To donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LVEngineers

PPG take us into the new era

Last week our Managing Director, Andrew Walsh attended the invite-only PPG Refinish UK new product launch event, held in Madrid.

PPG’s latest product, MoonWalk was showcased at the Motor & Sport Institute, Madrid and is set to revolutionise the way we mix paint in bodyshops.

MoonWalk promotes a no waste and mess, automated and accurate process of mixing paint. Reducing human error, the automated procedure increases technician productivity, with less in-can waste and 100% mixing accuracy, it’s a profitable step forward for the modern-day bodyshop.

Andrew Walsh commented, “This bodyshop solution PPG have created over the past 3 years is revolutionary. Being able to reduce or eliminate product waste is a huge step forward. 100% mixing accuracy and no manual mixing, creating greater efficiency, cost savings, increased productivity and speeding up the overall customer repair journey.”

2019 AutoRaise REAL Rally

The REAL Rally, now named The AutoRaise REAL Rally, this year took the participants up to Scotland, following previous years in Europe and last year in Wales.

The entry criteria for the charity rally stipulates that vehicles must be bought for under £1,000 and each team must raise a minimum of £500 for the charity…challenge accepted!

This is the first time AW Repair Group have joined the rally, however after seeing previous years decided we would accept the challenge and join in to raise funds for the industry charity addressing the skills shortage in the body repair industry, AutoRaise.

After entering two teams, we wanted the cars to be quirky, reliable and fun… after-all we had a 604-mile round trip to complete! Two Toyota Celica’s later and £750 spent on each car, challenge one done & our work was underway to make them rally ready.

Challenge two, raising £500 per team. A huge thank you to our sponsors, PPG Refinish UK, Perrys Motors, Car-O-Liner, Upol UK, Junair Spraybooths, AGM Services & JD Garage Equipment, we raised £2,500 for the charity!

Our apprentices who are following the multi-skilled repair technician programme, which was trailblazed by AutoRaise worked on the cars, ensuring all the mechanical aspects were spot on and prepping and painting the vehicles, under the watchful eye of their mentors. Two slightly different paint designs and two very eye-catching colours later gave us an outstanding finish (and no, they haven’t been wrapped). It was great to see the passion and enthusiasm of our apprentices who were working on the cars, as they were coming on the rally with us. As the only apprentices who were on the rally, they felt extremely proud to have been part of creating the cars great appearance and being able to enjoy the rally and experience what all of the other teams had done.

Cars complete, we set off…

Tuesday 24th June
Team one left a very wet & dreary head office in Sleaford and took off to meet team two at our site in Nottingham. Arriving in an even wetter Nottingham, we got together and headed for the M1, to begin our journey up North to pre-rally meeting point in Durham.

The journey was… interesting!

The cars were perfect, but the weather, not so much. Fog lights illuminated we carried on regardless and made the 150+ mile trip in our two 16+ year old Toyota Celica’s.

Pulling into the Ramside Hotel & Spa in Durham we felt a little like the odd ones out, in our bright Orange & Blue Celica’s.

Not wanting to miss a moment of the culture we jumped back in the cars a few hours later and headed into Durham.

 

Wednesday 25th June

Opening the curtains, I expected much the same weather as the previous day, however was pleasantly surprised when I was met with slightly better weather and just light drizzle!

Dressed in our fancy dress, two Knights due to team name AW Nottingham Knights (and our MD being named as 2018 Industry Knight by ABP Club) and two as pilots as a nod to Lincolnshire HQ’s aviation roots.

 

 

With BBC Look North filming the event our two apprentices were quickly being quizzed and filmed in their car – watch the footage on our YouTube channel, click here.

9:30am we were all on our way to the morning meeting point, Tower Knowe Visitor Centre. We entered Kielder Forster and the roads were brilliant, giving our Celica’s a chance to stretch their legs, plus the sun was shining – why had we all been so worried?!

Pulling into Tower Knowe Visitor Centre we were greeted by some stunning views and of course 70+ other rally cars!

Stopping only once at the Scottish Borders for some photos & a could not miss opportunity to add an extra sticker to the Scottish Border sign, two and a half hours later, great driving roads and glorious weather we arrived at our next stop- Edinburgh Zoo.

On arrival we were challenged to get the best selfie with an animal in the zoo, see our entry… some friendly Lemurs made our job much easier!

 

Clearly taking this challenge extremely seriously, by the time we’d exited the zoo we were about the last of the rally cars left.

Onwards for the final 3 miles we made it into Edinburgh.

The evening meet up point was SKYbar Edinburgh, the views of Edinburgh Castle in the sun were amazing & the photos really don’t do it justice.

Two awards were presented at the SKYbar, one to the best dressed team: well done to ‘Celts on Tour’ (Think we’re all still trying to get Mark Bull’s costume out of our minds) and well done to ‘Gemini Rotherham – Thailand’ for winning best dressed car.

 

Thursday 26th June
The last day of the rally…
We left Edinburgh and made our way to Leith Docks for the morning meet-up point. The sun again was shining and the views of the harbour were stunning, of course we couldn’t miss a photo op with the backdrop and got many honks & sirens by passing rallyers when we pulled off the main road to get some pics.

Onwards to Peebles for the final stop, arriving at 12.30 with lunch being served outside, again with spectacular views over the countryside before being split into our teams for an afternoon activity.

On offer was; Highland Games, Brewery Tour & Afternoon tea.

We opted for the Brewery Tour. On entering the nano brewery we met the brewer, learned about the different hops & barley’s, had a few samples & were gifted a bottle.

Following the tour we had the chance to watch the other teams participating in the Highland Games & reflect on the last few days we’d had.

Being the last night, a Gala Dinner was held and a few more awards presented.

The best selfie with an animal was awarded to me! (See entry above) thanks Lemurs!

The Epic Fail was awarded to the same team, third time in a row, ‘The Tossers’ for arriving in Peebles expecting to go back to Edinburgh and having not checked out or brought any of their luggage… back to Edinburgh they went!

The highest fundraiser within Gemini was announced as Rotherham and the highest fundraiser outside Gemini with a staggering £5,500 was ‘The Proclaimers’ Rye Street Group- well done guys!

With a few drinks down our necks the rodeo bull in the gardens looking appealing, I, of course had to have a go, whilst it felt like I was on there an eternity (after eventually making it on) it turns out I only managed 20 seconds!

 

 

It has been a brilliant trip, organised extremely well & everyone has had a grin since Tuesday, the pre-rally evening.

A huge thank you to Bob, Morag, Emelia & the support team for the AutoRaise REAL Rally for the fantastic job they have done organising such a great event. It’s not easy arranging such a sizable event (and trying to control us rowdy lot) however, everything ran so smoothly & everyone I’ve spoken to have absolutely loved it! 👏

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BBC LOOK NORTH FOOTAGE OF THE STARTING GRID OF THE RALLY

Thanks again guys,

Jade

 

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/