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Pratt’s Auto bodyshop Bodyshop wins SIMI Bodyshop of the Year

Pratt’s Auto Bodyshop Bodyshop in Carlow has won the SIMI Bodyshop of the Year, at an awards ceremony in Dublin.

Pictured L to R: Gerard O’Farrell – SIMI President, Brian Cooke – SIMI Deputy Director General, Nigel Pratt – Pratts Auto Bodyshop and Derek McDermott – Managing Director at Bank of Ireland Finance. Photo Aidan Oliver

Pratt’s Auto Bodyshop is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure having previously been crowned Bodyshop of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards 2017 .

The company also won the Leinter Bodyshop of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards 2019.

The award was presented at SIMI’s 66th Annual Dinner at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin last night, where SIMI President Gerard O’Farrell welcomed over 700 senior motor industry figures and guests in attendance.

Category Award Winners on the night were

  • Franchised Sales Operation of the Year – Tom Murphy Car Sales, Waterford

  • Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year- Kevin Egan Cars, Sligo

  • Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year- Fitzgerald Commercial Ltd, Co Cork

  • Independent Sales Operation of the Year- Auto Assure Ltd, Co. Louth

  • Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year- Autokey, Dublin 22

  • Innovation in Fleet Management Solutions- Provision Vehicle Cameras Dublin 15

  • Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year- Dysart Breakdown Recovery Repairs Ltd t/a Dysart Motors Co. Laois

  • Bodyshop of the Year- Pratt’s Auto Bodyshop, Carlow

  • Innovation in Bodyshop Operation – Accident Repair Centre, Dublin 24

  • Motor Factor of the Year- Parts for Cars, Dublin 6

The winners were those companies that had demonstrated an award-winning level of excellence and best practice over the last 12 months, as adjudicated by an independent panel.

A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, was presented to the Gardai Press Office for their contribution towards road safety.