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Expert trainers and industry speakers revealed for inaugural UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

29 Mar 2022

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has unveiled its line-up of expert trainers and guest speakers for its inaugural June event at Birmingham’s NEC, to support the UK garage and body shop industry through the biggest change it’s ever experienced

The first part of the roster of guest speakers offering industry insight and technical talks from June 8th-9th has now been revealed.

Giving the opening address at the event will be Andy Hamilton of LKQ Euro Car Parts, who will followed by many others including Dean Lander of Thatcham, James Dillon, Steve Carter, ‘The Garage Inspector’ Andy Savva, Quentin Le Hetet of GiPA and many more. 

Insight, opinion and training will also be presented from experts including James Ludford of Castrol Oils, Automechanika Garage of the Year winner Hayley Pells of Avia Autos, Michael Mayer of Liqui Moly and Valeo’s Stewart Lynch. Also speaking are ‘The DPF Doctor’ Darren Darling, Andy Crook from GotBoost Ltd, and renowned automotive industry author Tom Denton.

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“We have an exceptional line up of the best industry talent attending to offer visitors tangible insight, knowledge and skills to futureproof their businesses and adapt working practices. This will ensure their workshop operations are as streamlined as possible given the current cost of energy issues. This event is a must attend for those businesses who don’t wish to fall behind,” says Grant Elrick, sales director at Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of the exhibition.

Visitors to the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event can also see dedicated training sessions from leading suppliers such as Group Auto, Snap-On, Castrol, Valeo, Autogem, The Tool Connection and Liqui Moly. Training sessions and live talks will cover TPMS, intelligent diagnostics, getting ready for EVs, The Dos and Don’ts of DPF Repair, The Future of Hydrogen and much more. 

The event will also put focus on increased digitalisation and the rise of electrification and connectivity. The future of body repair, ADAS, and BS10125 are on the agenda and for bodyshops.

The event will offer owners and technicians the skills and know-how to futureproof their business with over 100 suppliers showcasing the latest in service and repair products, diagnostics and garage equipment. You will learn more here in just a few hours than you can from months of research in your garage.

The event will feature dedicated EV, Workshop and Bodyshop Training Hubs, highlighting challenges across MOT, service and repair, on-demand services, workshop management systems and increasing digitalisation. The show will also host live demonstrations, virtual reality interaction and product launches across the aftermarket.

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by Automechanika Birmingham, provides the first opportunity for the industry to meet face to face on this scale since 2019, and get hands-on, learn, network and prepare for the fast-evolving landscape of the automotive industry.

Join thousands of business owners at the UK Garage and Bodyshop event at the NEC Birmingham from June 8th-9th. Free tickets are available here.

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For all media enquiries, contact Impression Communications, PR agency on behalf of Messe Frankfurt UK:

Mark Field + 44 (0) 7825 410998


Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2,500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately €250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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* preliminary figures 2020