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CAT AWARDS MOVES TO MANCHESTER

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CAT AWARDS MOVES TO MANCHESTER


rsz_cat_awards_101The annual CAT Awards have taken place at the new venue of the Lowry Hotel in Manchester – known to sports fans as where José Mourinho lives.

More than 120 professionals from across the aftermarket enjoyed a networking session and a lunch before the Award ceremony.

Over the past ten years, a CAT Award has become the aftermarket’s most coveted trophy. The prizes are given in eight categories, which include recognition for motor factor chains as well as for individual teams, as voted for by CAT’s readers.

There is also an Achievement Award, which recognises an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the aftermarket. This year, the Award went to Wendy Williamson, the Chief Exec of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation trade body in recognition for her work in representing the sector to government and to the public.

CAT Editor, Greg Whitaker said: “The number of votes cast in the Awards was the highest we’ve ever had. Excitingly, the margin between first and second place in two of the categories is the narrowest it has ever been. My thanks go to all the sponsors, nominees and readers who made the event a success”.

Following the Awards lunch, networking continued with the CAT team until the small hours of Saturday morning.

 

The winners are as follows:

Supplier of the Year (sponsored by PG Automotive)            FPS

Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Haynes)                        Wrexham Motoring Supplies

Factor Chain of the Year (sponsored by Nissens)            Parts Alliance Southwest

Factor Team of the Year (sponsored by Motaquip)            Auto Supplies Chesterfield

Large Garage/Garage Chain (sponsored by Haynes Pro)            D&D Autos

Independent Garage of the Year (sponsored by Bosal)            Main Street Garage

Achievement Award (sponsored by Impression Communications) Wendy Williamson

Special Recognition (sponsored by Mannol UK) LVW

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CAT AWARD WINNERS 2016

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CAT AWARD WINNERS 2016


We would like to start off by saying a big congratulations to all our winners and nominees who took part at this 2016CATAwards005year’s CAT Awards. It was a great turn out with 150-strong aftermarket professionals attending the awards at Twickenham Stadium to support CAT and their businesses.

Greg Whitaker, Editor of CAT, commented: “It was great to see so many people take time away from their businesses to celebrate the best of the industry, although I had to cover my ears for some of Paddy’s racier stories!”.

We were luckily enough to have aftermarket legend Paddy Hopkirk drop in to share some funny anecdotes of his automotive career spanning over 60 years. As usual, Hopkirk always loves to leave a lasting impression and this time he left our aftermarket guests in fits of laughter.

Simon Albert, Event Director for Automechanika Birmingham, provided an exclusive update on the first Automechanika UK launch and the reasons for launching at the NEC in 2016.

Some of you may already know that Brake Engineering won ‘Supplier of the Year’, but we don’t want to give too much away on here. The rest of the winners along with the full coverage of the CAT Awards 2016 will be announced in the next issue.

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