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The IAAF has announced that the Automechanika Birmingham Garage Awards 2023 will take place at Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

On Wednesday 7 June, the awards will celebrate the very best of the garage industry – there are eight award categories, including: Garage of the Year, Best Independent Garage (Single-Site), Best Independent Garage (Multi-Site), Best Community initiative, ‘AutoMechanik’ of the year, Best marketing award, Best customer service award and the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

and hybrid technology, and how to make the transition to EV repairs successfully. An overview on the wide array of features available at Automechanika Birmingham is available on the website here.

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We will be highlighting the many benefits of attending the show within the next issue.

Nominations for each award can be made here and criteria on each award can be found on the IAAF website, multiple entries will be accepted. Shortlisted companies/ individuals will receive two free tickets to the awards evening at Hilton Birmingham Metropole at 6pm. The event includes networking opportunities, awards and prize giving, a three-course meal and entertainment.

The IAAF fights for the rights of the entire aftermarket supply chain on issues such as access to repair and maintenance information, block exemption and, safeguarding the current MOT test frequency.


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Carwood Appointed Carbon Zapp Distributor For Uk And Eire

Remanufacturing specialist, Carwood, is extending its fuel systems programme as the newly appointed distributor for Carbon Zapp in the UK and Eire. Carwood will now sell and support its full range of test and diagnostic equipment for all makes of diesel and petrol systems.

The new programme features Carbon Zapp’s full line-up of test benches, diagnostic equipment, and tooling. This includes its latest generation MTBR-X, a standalone bench with embedded cloud-based technology, that allows extremely fast, high pressure testing up to 3000Bar, for all makes of diesel and petrol systems. Its ITB.4R-X, a dedicated diesel injector bench, capable of testing all technologies, including Euro 6 systems. The new GTB4R-X, a GDi equivalent, with the ability to test, service and code every possible GDi injector on the market. Carwood technicians will provide onsite commissioning and training to ensure workshops are quickly up-to-speed with

Attracting Staff In The Current Climate

According to recent statistics released by Total Jobs, the time to hire on average was 6.4 weeks in quarter four of 2022, two weeks longer on average than in 2021 – so with candidate availability currently tight, recruiters are having to work harder to find and engage candidates.

Automotive recruitment specialists, Glen Callum Associates (GCA), highlight the importance of planning ahead and having a clear strategy when it comes to recruitment. With 52 percent of jobseekers reading company reviews and researching company performance before applying, making your business attractive to new talent is essential, says GCA.

One way to achieve this is by streamlining your job

The Christmas Ben Ball Heads To Old Billingsgate Market

Automotive industry charity, Ben, has launched ticket sales for Ben Ball 2023 which will take place at Old Billingsgate Market on 6th December.

Ben Ball 2023 is set to be another amazing night of celebration, entertainment, networking and fantastic food. Ben is encouraging the automotive community to book now to avoid missing out on attending the annual flagship black tie event.

Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement & Income at Ben, said: “We hope you’ll join us at Ben Ball 2023 for a spectacular evening of celebration and entertainment! We expect it to be another sell-out event so advise booking now to avoid disappointment.

“With the cost-of-living crisis we’re living through, we’re supporting more and more people in our automotive family who are struggling to make ends meet. Ben Ball is a critical fundraising event for us – it brings in vital donations and gives us the chance to thank those who have helped us achieve so much during the year, as well as show how we use their donations to change lives.

their new equipment, and will also have access to a technical hotline.

https://carbonzapp.com/ adverts, with 62 percent of people reported to overlook a job advert with no salary. Kerrie Richards, director of GCA advises: “Keep adverts short and ensure you only include the key deliverables – in descriptions keep the critical needs only and drop the ‘nice to haves.’

“You should also ensure you showcase company aims and growth plans and be able to clearly demonstrate job security. By being open and honest with candidates, you build their trust, and it enables them to make an informed decision – it is futile to sell a role to a candidate when it may not be right for them, forcing you to re-recruit down the line. Asking non-negotiables is key here.”

“We invite everyone in the industry to book tickets and join us. We can’t wait to welcome you to Old Billingsgate Market again this December for the highlight of the automotive industry calendar!”

Tickets are on sale now here www.ben.org.uk