Top Technician and Top Garage 2018 Winners Revealed
Berkshire-based mechanic Shaun Miller has been named as Top Technician 2018, identifying him as the best garage professional in the UK.
In a hotly-contested final Shaun Miller, of IGA member Miller’s Garage in Newbury, put his place as last year’s runner-up to bed by coming out in first place.
Commenting on his victory in the competition, Shaun said: “I am so delighted to be Top Technician 2018. Half a lifetime has gone into this achievement, since I first started in the industry. I wanted to win Top Technician when I first heard about it seven years ago, and now I have. It’s amazing to have this trophy.”
Matthew Pestridge, of IGA member D&D Autos in Kent, was named as runner-up for 2018.
This year saw almost 1,000 technicians take the initial online test, with that number brought down to ten for a practical semi-final and five for the final, where contestants must show their skills fixing faults placed on vehicles by a team of industry experts. The final was followed by the Top Technician/Top Garage Gala Dinner, where the winners for both Top Technician and sister competition Top Garage were named.
Top Garage 2018 has also named its winner, with Cedar Garage of Worthing being awarded the honour of best business in the brand-new competition, which launched this year.
Frank Harvey, IGA Member Services Manager and judge of the Top Garage competition said: ‘The finalists in the Top Garage Competition were all of a high calibre, with each demonstrating amazing passion and drive and building businesses that reflect their individual personalities. The winners, Cedar Garage, impressed all the judges with their vision, customer focus and team driven ethos that has already delivered business success.’
Commenting on their achievement, co-owner Kevin said: “We are ecstatic to have won Top Garage. The whole team have worked their socks off, and it is great that their commitment has been recognised in this way.”
Top Garage has been designed to enable garages to show what makes them the best in the sector and means they will be able receive the same kind of recognition as individual techs have through Top Technician since its foundation in 2002.
Top Technician 2018 and Top Garage 2018 come to you in association with the Independent Garage Association (IGA), ABC Awards, Auto iQ, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), and the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).