The prestigious Irish Auto Trade Awards 2018, which took place at Carton House on Thursday, 26 October, saw local business Blackwater Motors, Fermoy among the award winners.
The awards programme, in its 4th year, is a celebration of excellence in the Irish auto trade in Ireland, a sector that accounts for almost 40,000 jobs.
Winners from across the country were honoured in 26 categories, spanning aftersales, parts, components, tools, equipment and service.
Blackwater Motors swept the title for a third time, having previously won it in 2015 and 2016. Kenneth Power and Tom Browne of Blackwater Motors accepted the trophy for Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year on the night from Donal Lawlor and Jeff Aherne of sponsors Cartell.ie.
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.
Irish Auto Trade Awards organiser Padraic Deane of Automotive Publications commented, “From the outset these awards were all about standards, and 4 years in we can see how the bar has been raised across the various sectors which we honour. The commitment to standards is evidenced by the fact that many of our winners are repeat winners, striving year-on-year to do better for their customers.”
Other Cork businesses to receive awards on the night were Ford Ireland, Johnson & Perrott, Douglas Road and D. Dennehy Ltd Carrigtwohill.