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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

REPXPERT Conference panel available to watch online

Date: Monday 01 July 2024

The Schaeffler REPXPERT panel discussion, which captivated REPXPERT Conference attendees, is now available to watch online.

Held at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, the landmark event saw industry journalist, Mike Ruff lead a distinguished lineup of industry experts, each providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by independent garages in the UK.

“The knowledge exchanged at the REPXPERT Conference proved to be incredibly inspiring,” said Matthew Selby, Sales and Marketing Director at Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd. “That’s why we’re delighted to make the panel discussion available to a wider audience through the release of this must-watch video.”

Sitting on the panel was REPXPERT brand ambassador, Andy Savva, ‘The Garage Inspector,‘ having clocked-up decades of experience shaping successful garage businesses. Also present was Dean Lomas of DC Lomas Ltd, whose journey from mobile technician to workshop owner highlights the true value of mentorship. Matt Cleevely, founder of Cleevely Group, offered insight on how to navigate the fast-growing EV market. Tim Benson of Oldfields Garage shared expertise in operational growth, while Matt Wiseman of Wiseman Motor Services added his deep industry knowledge to complete the panel.

Available to watch back, the discussion starts by exploring the UK's aging car parc, noting that while many workshops are “busier than ever,” garage owners should take proactive steps to ensure they remain busy in the coming weeks and months.

Next, the conversation turns to customer profiling strategies, how to set the correct labour rate, and advice on overcoming the recruitment challenge with a particular emphasis on the importance of apprenticeships, before a lively debate on electric vehicles concludes the session.

The video can be watched on the REPXPERT app, or visiting the website at: It can also be watched in full using this link: