This year, the joint GroupAuto and UAN Gala Dinner and Awards was the first corporate event to be hosted in the newly expanded Main Stand at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club. The evening kicked off with pre-dinner drinks – sponsored by Denso – in the brand new Chemistry of LFC suite which overlooked the pitch. Liverpool legend John Aldridge was present at the drinks reception for photo opportunities with the Champions League cup. Guests then made their way to dinner in the gala dinner room, where they enjoyed a three course meal and drinks amongst fellow members and suppliers.
The meal was followed by the Member & Supplier of the Year Awards and the BEN Charity Fundraiser. Toby Whewell, GroupAuto Commercial Sales Manager and Karen Martin, UAN Sales Manager, presented the awards and commended the nominees in each category for their commitment to the group this year.
WINNER – David Huggett Motor Factors Ltd
The Nominees – David Huggett Motor Factors Ltd, Anglesey Commercial Spares Ltd, Commercial Motor Products Ltd, CV Parts, Hydrair Truck & Trailer Parts
LV Member of the Year (£3m+ approved supplier purchases)
WINNER – LDS Motor Factors
The Nominees – Livingston Autoparts, D & A Factors (Dundee) Ltd, GL Motor Factors Ltd, Highland Motor Parts Ltd, Motorcare Motor Factors Ltd, LDS Motor Factors
LV Member of the Year (Up to £3m approved supplier purchases)
WINNER – M1 Motor Parts Ltd
The Nominees – Kingswood Autopart Ltd, MGM Motor Components Ltd, M1 Motor Parts Ltd, North West Motor Factors Ltd, SW Motor Factors, SRS Autoparts
SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
LV Supplier of the Year
WINNER – Apec
The Nominees – Banner Batteries, Apec, Exol Lubricants, FPS, Juratek, TMD Friction
CV Supplier of the Year
WINNER – LED Autolamps
The Nominees – LED Autolamps, TMD Friction, Winnards
Congratulations to the winners and nominees in every category.
Nigel Williams from the industry charity BEN followed the awards with a few words on recent developments and how they see the charity growing in 2017 with the help of fundraising activities. Firstly, Lumag presented a cheque for £3,114.20 to Nigel Williams for their fundraising activity this year, which together with the money raised on the gala dinner night, saw a total of £7,114.20 presented to the BEN charity at the end of the evening.
Nigel then hosted the final part of the evening; guests were asked to stand to play ‘Heads or Tails’.
Game 1 winner – Elaine Aylott from Car Spares Cheshunt won a Bosch Cordless Pack worth £500, donated by Bosch.
Game 2 winner – Simon Clarke from BRT Group won a GIANT Mountain Bike donated by Bilstein Group.