• The Damage Control team
    The Damage Control team
  • Len Hollis Repair Facility
    Len Hollis Repair Facility
  • B&A Motor Body
    B&A Motor Body
  • Jimmy Vais
    Jimmy Vais

Friday was a truly magical night in more than one sense. Nearly 150 people gathered for the Paint & Panel Bodyshop Awards presentation night at Sydney's Establishment in the CBD last Friday 20 October.

As well as the winning business owners and their teams (10 came over from Queensland's Sommerville Smash Repairs), the sponsors Compass Claims, Mercedes-Benz, Car Craft, MTAA, Collision Repair Expo, Glasurit and Norton St Gobain all brought along additional repairers to cheer on the winners. A huge thank you for all the support the sponsors have given the 2017 awards.

First up was the presentation of the state award winners who feature in the current Paint & Panel magazine, each winning shop had a video shown of their facility - some of which are uploaded on to the Paint & Panel YouTube channel, the rest will be uploaded over the coming days. In between courses fabulous magicians, The Black Ties, confounded each table with their slight of hand.

Next to be recognised were the 'best practice' award winners. These were:

Axalta Sustainability Award

Paull & Warner Accident Repair Centre, WA

Rising Star

Scott Stephens

SmashTec and Monza Smash Repairs, NSW

Innovation Award

1Q1 Bodyshop Flow Management

Best Customer Experience

Len Hollis Repair Facility, NSW

Operational Excellence

Peter Kittle Collision, SA

Best Country Repair Shop

Ken Morely Smash Repairs

After a magic show which had this editor running up and down the stage in high heels (ouch) and various members of the audience acting as 'lovely assistants' it was time for the national winners to be announced. This year's deserving winners are:

National Best New Shop

Damage Control Accident Repair Centre, WA

National Best Large Shop

B&A Motor Body Repairs, VIC

National Best Medium Shop

Len Hollis Repair Facility, NSW

National Best Boutique Shop

Paull & Warner Accident Repair Centre, WA

Best Dealer-Owned Shop

Peter Kittle Collision, SA

Best MSO Shop

Capital S.M.A.R.T Banyo, QLD

Congratulations to all of the winners, it was a pleasure to recognise your blood, sweat and tears, passion and professionalism.

Read the full report in the next issue of Paint & Panel magazine. Thanks again to our fantastic sponsors for supporting the entire awards program.

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