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5-7 June 2018, NEC BIRMINGHAM

The Garage of the Year shortlist has just landed

Messe Frankfurt  SMMT 

18 May 2017

The Garage of the Year shortlist has just landed

Automechanika Birmingham in partnership with Garage Wire has announced the shortlist of garages in the running to win the £1000 cash prize for Garage of the Year. The judging panel, James Onions, Andy Savva and Simon Albert will announce the winner on Wednesday 7th June in the Workshop Training Zone at 1.00pm at Automechanika Birmingham, NEC.

As a new initiative, the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of entries from garages and the judging panel has finalised a shortlist of 13 workshops who will go head to head for a peer vote. “The standard of entries was incredibly high as the applications showed the huge variety of garage businesses operating successfully throughout the UK by tailoring their services to meet local demand,” said James Onions, Director of Garage Wire. “However, some clear common themes emerged amongst entrants too. These included first, an entrepreneurial flair to adapt to changing car and consumer technologies; second, willingness to invest – typically in premises, skills development and equipment then finally, heart-felt commitment to customer service and transparency. Thanks to all who entered and good luck to the finalists!”

The list of 13 workshops are available for public voting from now until 2nd June. The shortlist from A-Z includes;

  • Anderson Clark Motor Repairs
  • Bartlett Automotive Limited
  • Bryan Swales Auto Repairs
  • Community Motors
  • Crescent Motors
  • D&D Autos
  • EAC Telford Ltd
  • Five Star Autocentre
  • Garej Bowydd Garage Ltd
  • MotorServ UK Solihull
  • Philips Garage Limited
  • Revs Motors Ltd
  • SMSI LTD (Scalloway Motors)


You can place your vote in seconds by visiting

After a lengthy judging process, the organisers spoke to Andy Savva, Automotive Aftersales Expert, Business Strategist & Industry Speaker who said “It’s a great privilege to participate as one of the judges on Garage of the Year, I understand the Independent sector very well, and it makes a change to judge rather than be judged! I wish the very best of luck to the entrants and am sure from the shortlist, there will be a very worthy winner”

Automechanika Birmingham are delighted to thank DURA and Who can fix my car who have taken  the initiative to step up and support the new competition by offering additional prizes to the £1000 cash prize.  

Peers can vote for Garage of the Year by visiting and completing their one-time vote. The closing date for voting is Friday 2nd June.

Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham said “I’d like to extend special congratulations to all of the workshops who have made the cut for the new Garage of the Year competition. We are delighted with the number of entries for the first year of this award. The response reflects that if workshop owners are serious about their business, Automechanika Birmingham is the event which will benefit the day to day running of the workshop. With many new features, this competition confirms a bigger and better offering for workshops at the 2017 event.“

Automechanika Birmingham 2017 opens its doors in the West Midlands, in the heart of the automotive industry from 6-8 June, to a 70% bigger event, hosting over 800 quality exhibitors. The offering for workshops is greater than in 2016 including a new Workshop Training Zone, a free MOT Update from IMI on Thursday 8th June, a new Connected & Digital Technology Zone and live technical demonstrations with expert speakers.  

Workshops who wish to benefit their businesses by learning about new technology, technical training and new products and should register free at . The organisers will treat visitors who register before the event and arrive before 10am to a free hot drink and a pastry.


Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain.  The event launched in 2016, attracting over 550 exhibitors and over 12 000 visitors.  In 2017, the event will take place from 6-8 June at NEC Birmingham, hosting over 800 exhibitors.  Automechanika Birmingham is one of a series of 16 global events across 15 countries.

Over 800 quality exhibitors, including the who’s who of the aftermarket, will provide product launches, great deals on garage and diagnostic equipment, parts and tools at an event which will be 70% bigger than in 2016. Visitors can register for the event using this link;

Exhibitors will launch new products from the categories of parts and components, garage equipment and tools, wheels rims & tyres, consumables, accessories, raw materials for the supply chain and much more.

The event welcomes key visitor groups including motor factors, workshop owners & technicians, franchised dealerships, retailers, tier 1, tier 2 manufacturers, engineers and purchasing teams from vehicle manufacturers.

Automechanika Birmingham has been licensed to Forest Exhibitions Ltd. by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.


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