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IGA Celebrates BIG Awards Winners

By autotech-nath on October 3, 2023

Independent Garage Association celebrates BIG Awards Winners

Independent garages gathered at Leicester City football club in September to celebrate the industry’s finest at the Independent Garage Association, IGA, Big Awards 2023.

This year’s award winners took home a share of a £50,000 prize pot, with each award winner receiving a £1,000 cash prize from the IGA.

Stuart James, CEO of the Independent Garage Association, expressed his “…delight at the spotlight these awards shine on the tireless commitment to excellence the independent sector provides.” James continued: “The BIG Awards celebrates the hard work and dedication of our independent garage community and we’re thrilled to recognise and reward their outstanding contributions.”

The Awards highlighted the innovation and hard work of workshops and individuals who had excelled in areas such as community engagement, training and development, and customer service. Hillclimb Garage won the Overall Independent Garage of the Year as well as a Customer Service and Community Engagement award. Dave Garratt, who retired in 2020 from his 16-year position of Chief Executive at the Garage Equipment Association and served many years before this in technical and training roles within the trade, won a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Dave’s hard work over the years

has contributed to the successful roll out of the SERMI scheme, which levels the playing field for independent garages when accessing secure data.

Lifetime Achievement Award Dave Garratt

Independent Garage of the Year – Overall Hillclimb Garage

Congratulations to all the 2023 nominees. The winners and highly commended for this year’s awards are:

Garage Equipment Provider of the Year

Pichler Tools

Parts Supplier of the Year

GSF Car Parts

Garage Management System of the Year

Garage Hive

Digital Engagement Award


Business Improvement Award

Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre

Innovation Award

eDub Services

Community Engagement Award

Highly Commended – Britannia MOT & Repair Centre Winner – Hillclimb Garage

Training and Development Award
Highly Commended – Hillclimb Garage

Winner – Shaikly Motor Company

Consumer Choice Award

Highly Commended – Perry & Prouse Winner – Amors Auto Solutions Customer Service Award
Highly Commended – Hillclimb Garage Winner – German Autocentre Specialist Garage of the Year

Highly Commended – Bee Cool ACS Winner – Ristes Motor Co Outstanding Achievement Award David Fry

Independent Used Car Retailer of the Year

Sandles Car Supermarket

Independent Garage of the Year – Small

Performance 3000

Independent Garage of the Year – Large

Stourbridge Automotive

Independent Garage of the Year – Overall

Hillclimb Garage

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dave Garratt



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