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Cork businesses top winners list at Irish Auto Trade Awards

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 4:38pm

Blackwater Motors of Fermoy and Ford Ireland were award winners at the annual Irish Auto Trade Awards 2020, which took place at Killashee House Hotel in Kildare recently.

The awards programme, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of excellence in the automotive trade across the island of Ireland.

Kenneth Power and Derek Browne of Blackwater Motors collected the Trade Parts Main Dealer of The Year trophy from Nicola Aherne and Richard Lahiff of sponsors, while the Independent Workshop of the Year award went to Johnny Kavanagh and Richard Twomey of Ford Ireland at the event on 17 October.

Winners from across the country were honoured in 26 categories, spanning aftersales, parts, components, tools, equipment and service.

Regional winners included Johnston & Perrott, Douglas (Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year), Truck Services Cork (HCV Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year), McCarthy Commercials, Watergrasshill (HCV Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year) and Fix Auto Cork Central (Bodyshop of the Year).

Retail auto businesses undergo a rigorous selection process that includes phone and personal mystery shops before being finally adjudicated on. Manufacturer and distributor companies were shortlisted based on votes received by readers of the Irish Auto Trade Journal over recent months.

Organiser Padraic Deane of Automotive Publications commented: “Standards continue to rise across the many categories covered by our awards. Businesses like Blackwater Motors of Fermoy and Ford Ireland are setting the benchmark for their entire sectors.”

Next vear’s awards will coincide with the Irish Auto Trade EXPO 2020, which is expected to attract in excess of 8,000 visitors to the Citywest exhibition centre on 17 and 18 October 2020.

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