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Insider Issue 11

Garage awards reach fitting finale

The Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 Awards, in association with Aftermarket Magazine, have reached their finale. With TPS as a first-time sponsor of the awards, it was particularly fitting to see TPS customer, Shaikly Motor Company win one of the top honours, the Multi-site Garage award.

Colchester based Shaikly Motor Company took the prestigious prize at the Top Technician and Top Garage Awards evening, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Coventry, on Saturday 1 October.

It was the culmination of a finals day that saw managers and owners from the nominated garages face the panel of judges, with the final assessments and related tasks taking place at the Delphi Technical Training Centre, in Leamington, Warwickshire.

Following the final round of assessments, it was onto the awards evening to announce the ‘best in show’ from the finalists who had worked their way through various rounds since the competition launched earlier in the year.

TPS Regional Sales Manager, Tony Trotter, a judge for Top Garage in the Multi-site category, presented the Multi-site award to the Shaikly Motor Company team. As well as the main award trophies, special large-scale Volkswagen Camper Van Lego sets were also handed to the Top Technician and Top Garage Multi-site category award winners on the night.

Tony Trotter said: “It’s important to be involved in the Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 Awards, as many of those taking part are ultimately our customers and its right we show support to them.

“These are customers pushing the boundaries and embracing new technology in a fast evolving market. The standard has been very high throughout and it’s wonderful to see and be involved in the judging process.

“The Volkswagen XL1 we brought to put on display also grabbed a lot of attention. It shows how what was once considered cutting edge can be quickly overtaken by fast evolving technology and why garages and TPS need to keep pace with the changes in our sector.”

The Volkswagen XL1, one of the first electric vehicle (EV) concept cars launched in 2014, was on display outside the Delphi Technical Training Centre. It proved to be a real talking point and one of the star attraction exhibits on display.

Andrea Lancaster, TPS Marketing and Communications Manager said: “TPS are delighted to have been a first-time sponsor of the Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 competitions.

“We work with TPS Centres to enable independent motor traders and garages to be ‘Genuine Heroes’ to their customers, keeping them on the road, and their lives mobile.

The standards of excellence and best practice they are asked to aspire to was very much evident amongst the businesses and individuals who made it through as finalists for the Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 Awards.

“Those qualities of business and personal excellence were exemplified by TPS customer, Shaikly Motor Company, who deservedly won one of the top awards.

“It’s been a wonderful first year as a sponsor and a real honour to work with some of the technician and garage ‘Genuine Heroes’ of the aftermarket sector.“

The Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 Awards are run and hosted by Aftermarket Magazine, one of the leading trade magazines for the aftermarket sector. Now in its 20th year, thousands of technicians from independent, fast fit and franchise workshops have entered Top Technician and the benefits to the careers of the chosen few that made it to the finals have been priceless.

 

What accompanies this is the right environment, which is why Top Garage was launched in 2018 and is designed to highlight the best garages in the country. The two competitions have been running side by side since 2018.

For more information on the Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 winners visit tps.trade/top-technician-and-top-garage

All content accurate as per TPS Insider Issue 11 December 2022