The sky cleared and the sun shone for the 2018 CAT Awards, sponsored by Automechanika Birmingham, held in the Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the second year.

The sky cleared and the sun shone for the 2018 CAT Awards, sponsored by Automechanika Birmingham, held in the Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the second year.

 

GROUPAUTO member Bridgend Motor Factors scooped the hotly contested Factor Team of the Year Award. CAT Editor Greg Whitaker said: "It's always a pleasure to see single branch independent factors winning awards - and the fact that this CAT Award is voted on by our readers is a testament to how widely regarded Bridgend Motor Factors is in it's community". 

Business owner David Smith said: "Our six most experienced staff share over 230 years in the trade between them.  Over the past few years we've focused on getting these old heads to pass on their knowledge and nurture the newer, younger members of the team".  

"Apart from the professional qualities of the team, there is a tempo that we work at, we have plenty of grafters, combined with a healthy level of banter, we are not short of characters.  This creates a buzz around the place that I often hear us complimented on, by customers and suppliers.  It's busy and can often be stressful, but it's a fun place to work". 

David Smith is pictured receiving the Award onstage by Colin Smit from sponsor Breck.