BIG Awards hailed a success – full report and pictures

The BIG Awards, which celebrates excellence in the independent garage sector, has been hailed a success.

Hosted by the Independent Garage Association (IGA), this year’s award winners took home a share of a £50,000 prize pot.

Spanning 18 categories, the awards recognised those who work in all areas of the independent sector, highlighting the dedication, innovation and hard work displayed by businesses and individuals “who play a vital role in keeping the UK’s motorists mobile”, the IGA said.

“I’m delighted at the spotlight these awards shine on the tireless commitment to excellence the independent sector provides,” said IGA CEO Stuart James.

“The BIG Awards celebrates the hard work and dedication of our independent garage community and we’re thrilled to recognise and reward their outstanding contributions.”

James added: “Congratulations to all our deserving winners, highly commended garages, and our remarkable finalists, all of whom embody the peak of Britain’s independent garages. Thank you to our sponsors, judges, and organisers whose commitment made this event such a special occasion”.

BIG Awards winner

Garage Equipment Provider of the Year

Winner – Pichler Tools Ltd

Parts Supplier of the Year

Winner – GSF Car Parts

Garage Management System of the Year

Winner – Garage Hive

Digital Engagement Award

Winner – CCM

Business Improvement Award

Winner – Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre

Innovation Award

Winner – eDub Services Ltd

Community Engagement Award

Winner – Hillclimb Garage Ltd

Highly Commended – Britannia MOT & Repair Centre

Training and Development Award

Winner – Shaikly Motor Company Ltd
Highly Commended – Hillclimb Garage Ltd

Consumer Choice Award

Winner – Amors Auto Solutions
Highly Commended – Perry & Prouse

Customer Service Award

Winner – German Autocentre
Highly Commended – Hillclimb Garage Ltd

Specialist Garage of the Year

Winner – Ristes Motor Co Ltd
Highly Commended – Bee Cool ACS Ltd

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner – David Fry

Independent Used Car Retailer of the Year

Winner – Sandles Car Supermarket

Independent Garage of the Year – Small

Winner – Performance 3000

Independent Garage of the Year – Large

Winner – Stourbridge Automotive Ltd

Independent Garage of the Year – Overall

Winner -Hillclimb Garage Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner – Dave Garratt

Money raised for Ben charity

As part of the BIG Awards, attendees raised £10,000 for the automotive charity Ben.

Ben, a trusted automotive charity, offers free support for anyone who works, or has worked in the automotive industry, as well as their dependents. They can help with financial, emotional and mental health worries for those in the automotive sector facing challenges.

James said: “Our sector is built on a foundation of helping one another, and this donation will help provide vital support to our fellow automotive workers and their families. “

“As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the current cost-of-living crisis, there has never been a more important time for our industry to unite to help those in need.”

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