The SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in partnership with sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance, took place at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on Sunday night. Oliver Callan announced the accolades in front of over 700 senior Motor Industry figures.
Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance presented eight 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.
Special recognition award
A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, was presented by Ms Moyagh Murdock CEO of the RSA to Professor Denis Cusack of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in recognition of his work and commitment to road safety.
Category Award Winners
- Bodyshop of the Year – Accident Repair Centre (ARC) Dublin 24
- Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year- Rathcoole Commercials VTC Ltd Dublin
- Franchised Sales Operation of the Year – Hutton and Meade Ltd, Dublin 15
- Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year – Colm Quinn BMW Galway, Galway
- Independent Sales Operation of the Year – Green Auto Service, Dublin 18
- Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year – Donnellan Auto Services, Co Galway
- Motor Factor of the Year – Parts for Cars, Dublin 6 partsforcars.ie
- Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year – Hamill’s Rentals Ltd, Co Westmeath
Before their announcement, SIMI President Gabriel Keane addressed the audience. He remarked how proud he was of the Irish Motor Industry and the significant contribution motor businesses make to the country.
Employing thousands of people, collecting billions in tax, investing in business and technology, providing exceptional customer service, all the while carrying all the risks and challenges of business.
The President praised the companies who were shortlisted for each of the SIMI Motor Industry Award categories.
Mr Keane emphasised that we all have a responsibility in preventing global warming. Outlining that the Industry is a critical element in any climate change solution, he called on the Industry to be environmental activists, while at the same time encouraging customers to make the transition from older higher emission cars to lower CO2 be it petrol, diesel or hybrid and indeed zero CO2 emission cars.
In closing, the President remarked on the Industry’s goal of renewing the national car fleet, which will progress the Irish car fleet moving towards a cleaner environment.
He spoke on the importance of unity and a strong industry voice that will deliver a clear message to the future government on industry’s goals.
Derek McDermott Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance commented: “Bank of Ireland Finance is delighted to partner with the Society of the Irish Motor Industry Awards for the 6th consecutive year to recognise outstanding achievement and excellence within the Industry.
“Banking, along with the motor industry continues to see changing attitudes to how our customers do business. Continuing to keep customers at the centre of everything is as important now as ever for our Franchise partners, Dealers and the team at Bank of Ireland Finance.”