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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

UK Garage and Bodyshop Event to offer bags of benefits including free parking and breakfast

Date: Friday 13 May 2022

Garage and bodyshop technicians can expect a whole host of benefits this June at the one-of-a-kind UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, including free breakfast to those arriving before 10am and *free parking, to name a few.

Kickstarting on 8-9th June at the NEC in Birmingham, the free-to-register, national event is open to the entire industry and organisers have put together a bumper bundle of unmissable benefits, as they gear up for record numbers of visitors.

Visitors will have the chance to interact and engage with key names within the industry and learn about the latest technological developments, with exhibitors already announcing 19 product launches to take place at the show.

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has been designed to put the technician firmly in the driving seat and to help futureproof the automotive aftermarket, with over 65 live training sessions available, delivered from more than 45 of the industry’s established and well-known professionals.

This includes exclusive, free expert training for EV, bodyshop and workshops covering skills, recruitment, digitalisation, infrastructure, customer service and how to improve everyday efficiencies.

There will also be the chance to down tools at the end of each day, with The Bodyshop hosting a summer BBQ the day before the show opens, along with an evening of celebrations at 4pm on 8th June.

A staggering £5,000 of exclusive show deals and discounts on the latest tools and equipment from more than 100 of the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers have already been announced.

And as the event is aimed at helping attendees grow their businesses, a multitude of free giveaways and competition prizes are also up for grabs for technicians to put to use in their workshops.

With more than 50 fantastic free giveaways, plus discounts and competitions from its roster of confirmed exhibitors, the national event will offer huge savings to those first through the doors.

Visitors will even get the chance to win a classic starter car, courtesy of Lucas Oil, who is holding a charity raffle for the Sepsis Trust UK. The car has been recommissioned by YouTube’s ‘Auto Lass’ Jody Bevan, who will be at the show, sharing her experiences of being a female auto technician and MOT tester in the automotive world.

Grant Elrick, sales director at Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of the exhibition, said:

“Garage and Bodyshop technicians play an integral role in not only keeping the automotive aftermarket surviving and thriving, but also in helping to ensure the UK roads are as safe and secure as possible.
“This event will be a celebration of the entire industry and its hard work, which is why it will be jam-packed with happy hours, entertainment surprises, and the latest in technical training, trends and product updates. The wheels are now firmly in motion, with over 3,000 in-person attendees expected through the doors in June – we look forward to seeing you there!”

Free tickets are available to the show here.


*Free parking will be available to garage and bodyshop owners, technicians and apprentices, with vouchers being sent via email.