Record visitor numbers at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

More than 5000 people attended this year’s UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, a significant increase from its inaugural year.

Over the two days, the event welcomed an impressive 5125 industry professionals at the NEC in Birmingham.

The event featured 120 exhibitors that combined to a total of 180 suppliers, including ZF, Bosch, Hella, Alliance Automotive Group, Snap-On, Comma, LKQ Euro Car Parts, Niterra (formerly NGK) and Castrol.

Exhibitors chose UK Garage and Bodyshop Event as the place to launch more than 25 new products, showcasing the latest advancements in service and repair products, diagnostics, and garage equipment direct to visitors.

The event also provided attendees with access to dynamic training, cutting-edge technologies, and essential tools.​

It sparked multiple discussions among participants, including conversations around upskilling the workforce and helping to plug the skills gap, by embracing industry training and aftermarket recruitment strategies.

Other topics included best-practice business management and efficiency advice, monetising new technology and maximising garage profitability, and preparing for future mobility.

Joanne Knowles, event director, said: “The second edition of the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has surpassed all expectations. The growth in attendance and the overwhelming positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors demonstrate the event’s importance in the automotive industry.

“It’s clear that garage and bodyshop professionals very much welcome the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technologies, expert training, and invaluable networking opportunities in the alternate Automechanika Birmingham years.”

Automechanika Birmingham will return on 3-5 June 2025.

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