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“The introduction of the Garage Hall to Automechanika Birmingham is fantastic. I come to the event every year and it’s great to have a dedicated area for garages this year."
“As winner of Garage of the Year, we come to Automechanika Birmingham every year. The success of our business depends on us being up to speed on the latest innovations within the automotive industry and this is the place to find out.”
Garage Case Study
“I was sceptical when first visiting Automechanika Birmingham in 2017,” says Vic Clarke of Autocentre Rushden.
“It’s been a long time since we had a national show in the UK dedicated to the automotive trade and I was worried it wouldn’t cater for my business.”
Vic’s concerns soon evaporated when he saw the number of relevant suppliers at the event, but what really drew his attention was the array of keynote speakers. “The garage trade gets a bad press but we’re supremely technical and the majority will take help where we can get it. Automechanika Birmingham met this need in abundance with a mix of high quality speakers that spoke my language.”
Gearing up for 2018 and the introduction of the Garage Quarter, Vic’s enthusiasm is undeniable. “To have a section of the show dedicated to my business is really encouraging and brings the garage trade together. Free seminars, training and a specialist demo hub means that the event can touch all areas of my business across just three days.”
“It also means the show doesn’t appear quite so daunting for an Independent garage and means we can mix with like-minded garages in the Garage Social and share experiences and advice.
“Automechanika Birmingham has become a “must-attend” event for independent garages that want to progress and stay ahead of the competition.”
Garage Case Study
Scotlands Ash Garage is an award-winning garage based in Didcot, Oxfordshire. The company prides itself on providing a range of services to motorists throughout the area, operating with a team of five and three ramps, alongside a separate MOT bay.
Peter Welch, proprietor, talks openly about the future for independent garages: “The future is incredibly scary for small businesses like independent garages. With an array of threats and challenges, we have to continually look at ourselves and ensure we are the best we can be.”
Pressing Peter on these “threats and challenges” reveals bigger concerns about short term changes affecting the business.
“GDPR and MOT changes provide us with imminent challenges to our business. GDPR affects all business and so for many garages, like ourselves, it’s a question of where do we start?”
Throw into the mix MOT changes and every automotive garage in the UK faces a summer of transition.
Peter sees investment as the answer, something which the garage has done for the past 30 years and is the biggest driver of business.
“I first visited Automechanika Birmingham in 2017 and thought wow, how am I going to get around this event with the time I have. But I did just that. I took my time and spoke to so many different businesses from automotive components to equipment – and I learnt a lot.
“We don’t want to be a garage that says “no” to a customer so we make sure we are at Automechanika Birmingham to find out what’s new and how it can help drive my business forward. At last year’s event, I purchased new air-conditioning service equipment that I didn’t particularly need at the time, but I do now, and it’s been a great investment. This puts us ahead of the competition.”
Going back to GDPR and MOT changes, Peter has stayed true to his investment. He has employed the services of the consultant for GDPR and all MOT testers within the business have attended training courses on the new MOT test changes.
“At this year’s event,” he says, “I’m really looking forward to talking to other garages to see how they are embracing the changes affecting the trade. It can be a lonely life as an independent garage but Automechanika Birmingham represents a key opportunity to bring us together under one roof and develop our business skills.”