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More than just a trade show, the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event will host live demonstrations and over 80+ expert led training sessions for all UK garages & bodyshops. Find out more about what you can expect at the NEC in June.

Practical skills training from 80+ experts

Renowned industry experts will contribute to the programme of Technical Seminars across 4 training hubs. Hear and learn, for free!

4 Dedicated Training Hubs

Delivering free expert training & panel discussions for Workshop, Bodyshop & Hybrid/EV to upskill workforce and keep business ahead. 2024 PROGRAMME COMING SOON

The training is put together by technicians, for technicians and is powered by our partners: 

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Pro-Detailer
Bodyshop magazine
UKDA
The Garage
LKQ Euro Car Parts
Autotech
Comma
IGA
Hevra
aFTERMARKET
Thatcham research

NEW: Bodyshop Talent Hub

Visitors to our stand which is jointly hosted by NBRA, Thatcham Research, and Autoraise at the UKGBE event can expect a wealth of opportunities and information tailored to those interested in the automotive industry. Here's a brief overview of what each company offers but with a joint approach:

  1. NBRA (National Body Repair Association):
    NBRA will provide insights into the automotive repair industry.
    Visitors can learn about apprenticeship opportunities within the industry.
    Guidance will be available on starting a career as a painter, panel beater, estimator, and other roles.
    NBRA experts will offer advice on career paths, training programs, and skill development.
  2. Thatcham Research:
    Thatcham Research are the Automotive Risk Intelligence company who specialise in vehicle safety and repair standards.
    Visitors can take advantage of Thatcham Research's expertise around safe, secure, and sustainable mobility.
    Speak to our experts about Thatcham Research's Industry-leading apprentice programme delivery and discover what training in the industry looks like.
    Get expert guidance and advice on modern inclusive careers and training for people aged 16-65+.
  3. Autoraise:
    Autoraise is dedicated to promoting careers in the automotive repair industry.
    Visitors can discover apprenticeship opportunities and pathways to enter the industry.
    Autoraise will provide resources and advice on various roles within automotive repair and restoration.
    Experts will be available to discuss career development, training options, and industry trends.

By visiting our stand H10, attendees can gain valuable insights into the automotive repair industry, explore career opportunities, and receive guidance on how to kickstart their journey in this dynamic field.

Workshop Training Hub

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A packed programme of technical seminars addressing the advancements and challenges facing the service, repair and maintenance sector, covering a range of topics such as engine fault & diagnostics, MOT, diesel, ADAS and more. New for 2024 is the introduction of Garage Management Workshops - case studies shared by business owners and experts on topics such as how to adapt to EV service & repair, introducing ADAS to your business, and maximising business profitability.

In association with Autotechnician Magazine

Bodyshop Training Hub

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These sessions will provide the latest updates, advice and technical innovations for the UK's Collision Repair sector. Covering ADAS, body repair, EV repair, paint, refinishing, BS10125 and more, the topics will be presented by renowned industry figureheads and experts, ensuring you're getting the best information available to the sector. 

In Association with Bodyshop Magazine

 

Workshop Management Hub

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New for 2024, this programme is produced specifically for garage owners and managers looking for opportunities to improve their business operations, profitability and future proofing in the face of fast-paced change. This is a must-attend programme for anyone responsibile for the operations of their garage or workshop, and in addition to key industry updates will cover topics such as the impact of EV and Hybrid on the independent aftermarket, MOT updates, adapting operations for the digital world, adapting for diesel's decline and more.

NEW Detailing Hub Live

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In Association with the UK Detailing Academy (UKDA), the Vehicle Detailing Hub will be the focal point for the UK's Detailing community. Supported by a number of leading suppliers, the Hub will host a programme of demonstrations and act as a networking hub for the UK's burgeoning Professional Detailing community. Topics for discussion will include: Opportunities for the UK Detailing Profession, Leather Repair, Scratch & Chip Repair, Valeting, PPF and more.

Education Partner UK Detailing Academy

NEW Student Programme

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Delivered with our partners with Autotech Group to engage the next generation of Automotive professionals. The need to attract and retain talent within the sector has never been stronger, and this programme provides students with an opportunity to experience first-hand the array of exciting opportunities on offer within an increasingly complex sector.

In Partnership with Autotech Group

Bodyshop Buzz Social

Bodyshop Buzz Social


BODYSHOP BUZZ will be THE networking event for bodyshop owners and managers, technicians and support staff, and everyone from the repair sector supply chain during the #UKGBE2024 trade show.

The drinks reception, in association with The Refinishing Crew Facebook group, will run from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Bodyshop Lounge 

Places will be limited at the BODYSHOP BUZZ party and, while it is free to attend, it’s important that you register in advance to guarantee your spot. If you’re going to be at #UKGBE2024 – which is a must for the entire automotive #accidentrepair sector – this is one party you will not want to miss.

Free registration for BODYSHOP BUZZ: https://lnkd.in/epmk99qR
Free registration for UKGBE2024: https://lnkd.in/eBkM3_iu.

In partnership with Bodyshop Magazine 

Modern Garage – Sponsored by LKQ ECP

Modern Garage

For business owners and managers, The Modern Garage is designed to showcase how garages and workshops can equip themselves with the tools, technology and solutions to service and repair modern vehicles effectively, and profitably. In partnership with LKQ Euro Car Parts, the feature will be hosted by technical experts and demonstrate practical solutions covering topics such as EV tooling & infrastructure, ADAS calibration, diagnostics, air conditioning, digitalisation of the workshop, and technical training. Industry leading support and solutions from the leading partner in the independent aftermarket.

On the stand, guests will be able to test their knowledge through interactive demonstrations and challenges, ensuring participants walk away with practical insights and knowledge while being in the chance to win prizes!

NEW: Body Repair Live courtesy of Masterflo UK

NEW: Body Repair Live

An opportunity for visitors to access expert collision repair demonstrations, showcasing the latest tools and developments for body repair and refinishing in action within our fully operational spraybooth and demo zone courtesy of Masterflo UK. The live demonstrations will present the latest products, techniques and solutions designed to improve performance for technicians, while enhancing sustainability and profitability for business owners.

Courtesy of Masterflo UK

Meet the Experts

Hosted by Autotechnician, this lounge offers visitors access to informal Business Clinics with industry experts, providing access to personalized advice for business owners and managers. On Day 1, renowned experts Dee and Amy Blick will be on hand to offer advice on Marketing and HR topics. Dee is an internationally renowned marketer and number 1 bestselling author, best known for her practical approach to marketing on a shoestring. Amy has many years’ experience working with global brands and SMEs, and is a specialist in demystifying HR and showing businesses how to harness the power of their people to take their business to the next level. On both days, industry experts James Dillon and Andy Crook will be on hand to offer advice and insights between their presentations in the event programme. James and Andy need no introduction, and their advice on both technical and business management topics offers rare access to free, invaluable expertise for business owners and managers.

Drop in on Stand E70 for your free clinic!

Get your free ticket to attend the event on the 5th and/or 5th June 2024 at the NEC Birmingham