2022 Irish Motor Industry Awards 

in partnership with Bank of Ireland 

After a challenging couple of years the 2022 SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards, in association with Bank of Ireland, are back.

The Society’s Annual Dinner incorporating the SIMI/Bank of Ireland Irish Motor Industry Awards was held on Thursday, 08 April 2022 at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4. 

Before the awards announcement, SIMI President Gillian Fanning addressed the audience. 
The President praised the companies who were shortlisted for each of the SIMI Motor Industry Award categories. We had a record number of entries this year and while there can only be one winner in each category, all our shortlisted entrants should be very proud to be nominated, so congratulations and the very best of luck to all our nominees.    

Oliver Callan acted as master of ceremonies on the night. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance presented seven award categories in total.

The award winners, adjudicated by an independent panel, operate in all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry. Companies selected demonstrated an award-winning level of excellence and best practice over the last 12 months.   

Gillian Fanning SIMI President

Gillian Fanning SIMI President 

"We have been and are continuing to live through unprecedented times - a global pandemic, a climate crisis, Brexit, rising inflation, global supply issues and the recent outbreak of war.  The crystallisation of all these factors has made business extremely difficult over the past few years and this is unlikely to change in the near future. 

The Motor Industry has played an essential role in keeping the country moving since the onset of the pandemic in 2020 and I want to commend the collective efforts of our members who were able to stay in business by adapting rapidly and innovatively to the changing conditions that Covid-19 presented, while at the same time taking the necessary precautions to keep their staff and customers safe. What really became apparent during the height of the pandemic is just how quickly the industry was able to adapt to changing circumstances and constantly shifting goalposts and we should be proud of our response. " 

Our Sponsor

We would like to thank Bank of Ireland Finance our event sponsors for their continued support.

Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance commented 

"It remains a real honour for Bank of Ireland Finance to sponsor the Society of the Irish Motor Industry Awards and to see the progress and agility of Motor Manufacturers and Dealers alike. Customer demands and expectations continue to evolve; producing zero emission vehicles, all be it an incredible technological achievement, is just the start. Customers want to deal with organisations that share their values and are taking the environmental crisis seriously throughout their business processes and products. While challenges remain for the industry, Bank of Ireland Finance will continue to support our Franchise partners and Dealers and we look forward to working with our existing and new brands throughout 2022.”

Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance

SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards Winners 2022

Open to all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry, seven Award Categories in total were presented. 

The Annual Awards, celebrate best practice in the Irish Motor Industry, acknowledge the hard work and successful achievements of SIMI Members. 

Category Award Winners 2022

Irish Motor Industry Award Winners 

Bodyshop of the Year Accident Repair Centre (ARC) Dublin 24

Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year Derek Beahan Recovery, Dublin 

Independent Sales Operation of the year Auto Assure Ltd, Dundalk Co. Louth

Independent Aftersales Operation of the year Donnellan Auto Services, Co. Galway

Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year Cavanaghs of Charleville Cork

Franchised Sales Operation of the Year Kearys Motor Group Cork

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