The CAT Awards 2022, sponsored by Parts Plus, have taken place at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

A capacity crowd of around 140 delegates watched the live event on Thursday, March 10.

Drinks reception at CAT Awards 2022

The winners are as follows: 

Industry Partner  Impression

Supplier of the Year  First Line

Retailer of the Year   A1 McGanns

Environmental Award  NGK

Branch Team of the Year   Arnold Clark Autoparts Glasgow

Achievement Award Quentin LeHetet (GiPA)

Factor Chain of the Year  LKQ Euro Car Parts

Rising Stars Rallysport Engineering

Independent Garage Lindley’s Autocentres

Training Award LKQ Academy

Apart from listening to the Awards, guests tucked in to a delicious white fish lunch while listening to a fascinating interview with WRC driver Elfyn Evans. They were also treated to cocktails in the drinks reception sponsor’s colours and were sketched by caricature artist Francesco Tassi.

Greg Whitaker, CAT’s Editor said: “It was great to feel such energy at a live event once again. I hope and believe that everyone who attended enjoyed some face-to-face networking once again as much as I did. Heartfelt congratulations to all of our winners and thanks to all of the sponsors”.





On Thursday (10.06.21) CAT held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate a number of heartwarming stories of success within the automotive aftermarket industry during the pandemic.

The event, sponsored by Distrigo, was broadcast over the web for all of the industry to view live.

Winners included the 7,000 members of the Automotive Support Group who collectively shared the Outstanding Achievement Award. The group had been formed by a number of garage owners and technicians at the start of the pandemic in order to help each other, not just in practical terms, but also looking out for each other’s mental and physical wellbeing.

CAT’s Rising Stars Award seeks to celebrate diversity of opportunity by recognising those from non-traditional backgrounds making a start in the automotive aftermarket. This year we presented the Award to the OpenRoad project in West Norfolk. This organisation takes socially excluded young people from the surrounding areas and teaches them the practical skills and mindset needed to succeed in the business.

The event was preceded by a CAT Conversations seminar panel where the topic discussed how to get back to growth following the pandemic. Panelists included Andy Robson from Distrigo, Richard Shortis from Shortis Group, Kamran Saleem from MotorServ UK and Richard Welland from WAI and the current IAAF President

CAT Editor, Greg Whitaker said: “The pandemic was the hardest time for so many businesses in our sector, but in the Awards, we celebrated how the whole industry helped each other through it, and in CAT Conversations, we debated where we all go from here.”

The category winners include;
Motor Factor of the Year – Alliance Automotive UK
Factor team of the year – Motorserv Milton Keynes
Independent Garage of the year – JayRay
Retailer of the year – Dunlops Auto Shop
Supplier of the year – UFI Filtration
Industry Partner – Chicane
Outstanding achievement – Automotive Support Group
Rising Stars – OpenRoad West Norfolk 

A huge congratulations to all of the winners!