Victoria and Tasmania’s top automotive businesses and apprentices were honoured at the 2023 Automotive Industry Awards, held in Melbourne in May.
Three of the 16 businesses, business people and apprentices announced as leaders in their field hail from the collision repair sector. The business winners were:
- Best Small Business (metropolitan Victoria): Essendon Panels. Award sponsored by OurAuto Insurance
- Best Small Business (regional Victoria): Euro Panels. Award sponsored by Zembl
- Best Small Business (Tasmania): Autobody Solutions. Award sponsored by Commonwealth Bank
Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), said the awards demonstrate member and apprentice commitment to quality and customer service.
Autobody Solutions’ Bruce Mcintosh (left) and VACC President Chris Hummer.
“It is a huge accolade to be named the best in Victoria and Tasmania. These winners go above and beyond and have proved themselves more than worthy of these titles,” said Gwilym.
An independent judge evaluated entries based on business management, workplace practices, customer service and environmental impacts. To ensure only the finest of the VACC’s and TACC’s (Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce) more than 5000 members would be crowned, finalists were randomly audited.
“Congratulations to all of our 2023 winners and finalists. We recommend them to Victorian and Tasmanian motorists,” added Gwilym.
Winners were announced at the VACC President’s Gala Dinner, a formal evening that combined industry awards and apprentice graduation festivities. Attendees heard from master of ceremonies and VACC Ambassador Shane Jacobson, and a string of leading entertainers at the Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.
Essendon Panels’ Michelle Ferbrache (left) and VACC President Chris Hummer.