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SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards 

In Partnership With Bank Of Ireland Finance 

 




About the SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards

The SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards are conducted in partnership with Bank Of Ireland Finance.

The 8th Annual Awards, celebrate best practice in the Irish Motor Industry, acknowledge the hard work and successful achievements of SIMI members during these tough economic times. Celebrating everything that is good about the automotive trade, the awards are open to the widest possible cross-section of the Irish motor industry. 

The awards were held in the Clayton Hotel Dublin on Thursday, February 15, 2018, in conjunction with the SIMI Annual Dinner. All businesses from across the motor industry are invited to enter the awards, which aim to celebrate the industry leaders and recognise the amazing achievements made by these businesses over the last 12 months.

SIMI and Bank of Ireland Finance, wish to congratulate all those who entered.

2019 Awards Timeline & Application 

Details of the 2019 SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards and how to enter wil be announced in late 2018. 

 

2018 Annual Dinner Pictures

SIMI President Alan Greene   

Pictured left SIMI President Gavin Hydes 


 

 

2018 Category Winners

FRANCHISED SALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR
This is awarded to the best franchised car retailer, one that is able to show evidence of a high quality sales function, exemplary customer service and an innovative approach to business.

Franchised Sales Operation of the Year MSL Ballsbridge Motor Company
L-R  Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Noel Rabbitter MSL Ballsbridge Motors, and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

FRANCHISED AFTERSALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR
This award will be awarded to best aftersales operation at a franchised car dealership. Crucial to success in this arena will be evidence of unbeatable value for money, top quality customer service and success in the face of rising competition from across the aftersales sector.

Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year-Tony Burke Motors
L-R .Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Tony Burke of Tony Burke Motors, and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPERATION OF THE YEAR
This award will go to the best business operating exclusively within the commercial vehicle arena, one that is able to show evidence of a high quality operation, exemplary customer service and an innovative approach to business.

Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year- MUTEC
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, John Connolly MUTEC, and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

BODYSHOP OF THE YEAR
The Bodyshop of the Year award is open to all body repair businesses – including bodyshop departments of independent or franchised workshops – and will recognise a repairer’s commitment to exceptional quality of work and business performance.

Bodyshop of the Year-Tadg Riordan Motors
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Tadg Riordan and Terry Rooney of Tadg Riordan Motors, Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

INDEPENDENT SALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR
This award will go to the best independent (i.e. nonfranchised) retailer, one that is able to show evidence of a high-quality sales function, exemplary customer service and an innovative approach to business.

Independent Sales Operation of the Year -Airways Motor Company
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Brian Farrell of Airways Motor Company and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

INDEPENDENT AFTERSALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR
This award will go to the best independent (i.e. nonfranchised) aftersales business. Crucial to success in this category will be evidence of value for money, top-quality customer service and success in thriving in a highly competitive sector.

Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year- Auto Assure Ltd 
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Adrian Sherman, Shane Moyles & Eoin McGuinness of Auto Assure Ltd and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

VEHICLE RECOVERY OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
With a focus on quality of service, efficiency and professionalism, this award will go to the best vehicle recovery operator.

Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year- Hamills Recovery
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Peter Hamill & Brian Hamill Hamills Recovery and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

MOTOR FACTOR OF THE YEAR
This award will recognise excellence in the supply of car parts and accessories, particularly as demonstrated by quality of customer service and competitiveness.

Motor Factor of the Year- Parts for Cars
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Rathgar Motor Factors Ltd T/a Parts for Cars, Gary Murphy, Conor Parson, George Tohill & Derek Tohill and Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

SIMI/RSA OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- Philip Skelton for his work on the ‘Stayin Alive at 1.5 Campaign"
A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, was presented to Philip Skelton for his work on the ‘Stayin Alive at 1.5 campaign’ in which he worked to include both cyclists and motorists in order to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists and the importance of motorists keeping a safe distance when overtaking them.

SIMI/RSA Outstanding Achievement Award- Philip Skelton for his work on the ‘Stayin Alive at 1.5 campaign’
L-R Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Moyagh Murdock CEO of the RSA, Philip Skelton, Brian Deputy Director General SIMI  

2017 Annual Dinner Pictures


SIMI President Alan Greene   Marty Morrissey interviewing Paul O'Donovan Silver Olympics Medalist in the Men's lightweight double sculls and World Champion in the men's lightweight single sculls at the 2016 World Rowing Championships.

Pictured left SIMI President Alan Greene and right Marty Marty Morrissey interviewing Paul O'Donovan Silver Olympics Medalist & World Rowing Champion. 

PREVIOUS WINNERS 

2017 Category Winners

FRANCHISED SALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR
CAB Motor Company
Franchised Sales Operation of the Year CAB Motor Company Ltd
L-R Conor Cavanagh Dealer Principal CAB Motor Company Ltd, SIMI President Alan Greene, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance and John Wilkins General Manager CAB Motor Company Ltd.

FRANCHISED AFTERSALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR

Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year- Audi North Dublin
L-R Geoff Walsh Head of Business, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Brian Davis Head Of Service, Colin Norton Head Of Parts Department Audi North Dublin and SIMI President Alan Greene.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPERATION OF THE YEAR -WICKLOW VTN

L-R SIMI President Alan Greene, Tara Jackson Manager Wicklow VTN, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance.

BODYSHOP OF THE YEAR Fitzpatrick's Garage Accident Repair Centre

L-R Fitzpatrick's Garage Accident Repair Centre, Gavan Doyle, Martin O’Brien, Alan Mahon, SIMI President Alan Greene, Andy Fitzpatrick Managing Director, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance.

INDEPENDENT SALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR Meridian Motors

L-R Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, Aidan Finn Manager Meridian Motors, SIMI President Alan Greene, Stephen Murphy Managing Director Meridian Motors.

INDEPENDENT AFTERSALES OPERATION OF THE YEAR Donnellan Auto Services 

SIMI President Alan Greene, John Donnellan and Jude Donnellan of Donnellan Auto Services, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance.

VEHICLE RECOVERY OPERATOR OF THE YEAR CarTow.ie

L-R SIMI President Alan Greene, John Dowling Operations Director and Ken Morgan CarTow.ie, Pat Creed Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance.

MOTOR FACTOR OF THE YEAR John Delaney Motor Factors, Fair Green, Drogheda, Co. Louth
This award will recognise excellence in the supply of car parts and accessories, particularly as demonstrated by quality of customer service and competitiveness.

For each of the awards categories listed above, the judges looked for evidence of exceptionally high levels of customer satisfaction and value for money, a commitment to high quality work standards, details of successfully-introduced business initiatives and training programmes, as well as proof of consistently strong – or dramatically improved – business performance.

2016 WINNERS  

2015 WINNERS  

Franchised Sales Operation of the Year Winner: Blackstone Motors Ltd

A Renault and Dacia main dealer, Blackstone Motors based in based in New Grange Business Park, Donore Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth, has been named ‘Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised the business,“for sustained commitment to investment in, and delivery of, effective innovative solutions driving efficiencies across all aspects of the sales operation.”

Franchised AfterSales Operation of the Year  Winner: Blackstone Motors Ltd

A Renault and Dacia main dealer, Blackstone Motors based in based in New Grange Business Park, Donore Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth, has been named ‘Franchised AfterSales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised the company and recognising the business,“for comprehensive strategic management of the aftersales operation, from training and development of employees to investment in leading-edge technology, all focused on the objective of delivering top quality customer service.”

Commercial Operation of the Year Winner: Nolan Motors Ltd

Apprentice of the Year Winner: Andrew Bushe  


Bodyshop of the Year  Winner: Pratt's Auto Bodyshop 
Pratt's Autobody

Pratt's Auto Bodyshop based in Hacketstown Road, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow, has been named ‘Bodyshop of the Year’. Judges praised the company and recognising the business,"for the dedicated delivery of continuous improvement in customer service, quality of work and overall business performance.”

Independent Sales Operation of the Year Winner: Auto Assure
Auto Assure

Auto Assure based in Grays Lane, Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth  has been named ‘Independent Sales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised and recognising the business, “for pragmatic innovation in all aspects of the sales operation and highly effective customer relationship management based on the provision of value for money and top quality customer service.”

Independent After Sales Operation of the Year Winner: Green Auto Services

Green Auto Service based in Enniskerry Road, Kilternan Dublin 18 has been named ‘Independent AfterSales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised and recognising the business, “for prioritising customer needs and the delivery of value for money alongside a commitment to minimising environmental impacts across all aspects of the aftersales operation”.

SIMI Outstanding Achievement Award Winner: Robert Prole Founder of Contact After Retirement

Mr. Robert Prole received the Oustanding Achievement Award “in recognition of his significant contribution to lives of so many people who have retired from the Motor Industry".

2014 WINNERS  

Franchised Sales Operation of the Year Winner: Frank Keane Volkswagen 


A Dublin Volkswagen main dealer, Frank Keane Volkswagen based on Long Mile Road Dublin 22, has been named ‘Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised the team at Frank Keane Volkswagen, recognising,“For sustained commitment to excellence through the provision of premium brands by a highly professional sales team.”
 

Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year Winner: Holcroft Motors 

 

Peugeot main dealer and workshop, Holcroft Motors in Drogheda Co. Louth, has been named ‘Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year’. Judges praised Holcroft Motors, recognising, “A consistent commitment to exceeding customer expectations, while achieving the optimum balance of workshop productivity and affordable maintenance.”

Bodyshop of the Year Winner: Frank Byrne Autobody Repairs

Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, based on Galway’s Oranmore Business Park, Galway has been named ‘Bodyshop of the Year’. Judges praised Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, recognising the business for “Continuously refining standards and processes, optimising the customer experience and implementing a sustainable, strategic management plan.”

Independent Retailer of the Year Winner: Naas Gearbox Centre Co. Kildare


Independent vehicle transmission engineering and repair specialist, Naas Gearbox Centre in County Kildare, has been named ‘Independent Operation of the Year’. Judges praised Naas Gearbox Centre, recognising, “Its achievements in the highly-specialised industry of transmission technology, combined with a sustained commitment to innovation and quality service.”

SIMI Outstanding Achievement Award Winner: Rosemary Smith

This accolade has been awarded to Rosemary Smith an individual who has positively impacted on the Irish motor industry and deserves recognition for her resulting achievements.