• Basha Autohaus img Mike Cataby
    Basha Autohaus img Mike Cataby

It's a shrinking category as the industry heads towards economies of scale and uber productive workspaces but running a boutique business (we're talking a certain turnover but the lower turnovers usually reflect a smaller workspace) comes with it's own set of challenges not least utilising limited space efficiently. 

We thought we would just remind you about who is in the running for the Best Boutique shop award which will be presented on 11 November in Melbourne (get your tickets to the night of nights here). Here are some of the quick comments from judge Neil Powell and I when we presented these finalists to the judging panel after judging (there was a lot more information on their entries just in case you though they made their minds up from bullet points).

Basha Autohaus, NSW

Basha Autohaus img Mike Cataby

Massively improved in both presentation and organisation

High standard of work carried out

Improved equipment levels




Essendon Panels, VIC

Michelle Ferbrache (centre) with her team

Well presented workshop

Meticulous processes and systems

Good lighting



Fix Auto Mulgrave, VIC

Always improving and investing in workshop

Impressive output for small workshop

Utilises Fix Auto assistance and processes to full


Perth Autobody, WA

Perth Autobody IMG from Perth Autobody

Extremely well presented in every aspect

Utilised new look to grow business and output

Increased and retained staff at a difficult time





Stylemaster Panels, VIC

Stylemaster Panels, supplied

Very well presented and equipped shop

Air con and heating for staff comfort

Highly connected to customer and community








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