East Boldon Motors scoops REPXPERT award

East Boldon Motors scoops REPXPERT award

The Professional Motor Mechanic team were in attendance at Schaeffler’s inaugural REPXPERT Awards in Coventry, where one Sunderland garage took the top prize.

Apprentice technicians from the east midlands and north west, along with a garage in the north east were named as the first-ever winners at the REPXPERT Awards, which took place during Wednesday’s Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference – the first of its kind.

East Boldon Motors took home the REPXPERT Workshop Award, having been judged to have used its REPXPERT membership most efficiently.

“We are very happy to have won,” said Co-owner, Anthony Cook. “We have been in business for 16 years, and it is great to receive this sort of recognition. If you use the right components, you only do the job once. This is why we always use LuK, INA and FAG parts; they are the highest quality.

“We also use the REPXPERT app to download technical information and access videos, and it is great that our commitment to training and advancement has been noted here as well.”

Mia Reeves of Bear and Bee Garage in Grantham, Lincolnshire was named Apprentice of the Year after garage co-founder Russ Houlden put forward her nomination. The category sought to find the most promising apprentice technician in the sector, based on technical proficiency or progress.

“Mia is personable, polite, friendly, hard-working, willing to learn and enthusiastic,” said Russ. “She is everything you would want from a young apprentice. That isn’t why she deserves this award though. This industry is a male-dominated space, but Mia has never once let that phase her. Her passion and enjoyment are clear for all to see.”

Commenting on her win, 18-year old Mia Reeves said: “It is an honour to receive this REPXPERT award. I love what I do at Bear and Bee and to be recognised for this is incredible.”

Andrew Mather of Stockport Truck Centre in St Helens – also an apprentice – was honoured with the Extra Mile award, which recognises those who have gone above and beyond normal expectations.

The REPXPERT conference was held at Coventry’s Manufacturing Training Centre and the names of the REPXPERT Award winners were announced to an audience of reportedly over 200 attendees.

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