Tickets for the CAT Awards networking lunch 2022 are now available. Click here to reserve your seat.

After a long wait, the CAT Awards networking lunch is back at the five star Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Thursday March 10, 2022.

The CAT Awards celebrates all of the best in the UK automotive aftermarket, with up and coming talent and seasoned business leaders being recognised alike. 

More than that, it is the premier networking event in our sector. Attended by many of the UK aftermarket’s movers and shakers it is a great chance to catch up with colleagues and contacts old and new, particularly if you haven’t seen them for a couple of years. 

Plus, we can say with some confidence that the lunch menu, and the wine that we pick to accompany it, is by some margin the finest you’ll get at any business event in our sector. 

Our previous live event was fully booked, so don’t hesitate to click here and reserve your seat at the special earlybird rate of £150 per ticket. (Table rates are also available, plus sponsorship opportunities). 




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!