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2014 AM Awards winners and pictures - celebrate the best

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Last night's 2014 AM Awards celebrated the best of the UK motor retail industry at AM magazine's gala dinner for more than 1,100 people. Here we present the winners. A full citation for each win will be published in the February 28 issue of AM magazine.

You can view pictures from the night by clicking on the thumbnail gallery below or heading to AM's gallery section.

The annual AM Awards is a flagship event in UK motor retail’s calendar, an evening when the best performers, large and small, are celebrated and highlighted at a gala dinner at Birmingham’s ICC.

This year a high volume of entries for all categories was whittled down into a shortlist by the panel of AM Awards’ independent judges, chaired by Christopher Macgowan and including AM editor Jeremy Bennett, industry analyst Piers Trenear-Thomas, International Car Distribution Programme MD Steve Young, director of
Loughborough University’s Centre for Automotive Management Prof Jim Saker, and Institute of the Motor Industry CEO Steve Nash. Google’s Hugh Dickerson assisted in judging the Best Website.

Independent audits of all retailer categories were conducted by BDO. 

The event was guest hosted by BBC newscaster Sophie Raworth and comedian Marcus Brigstocke and the Park Lane Big Band provided the entertainment.

The event raised £10,430 for the motor industry’s own charity BEN – a record for the night.

If you would like to buy any of the pictures email Chris Lowndes Photography.

Best Training Programme, sponsored by Sewells Research & Insight

Winner:  Peter Vardy Academy

Highly commended: Hyundai Motor UK, Mercedes-Benz Retail Group

Best Dealer Website, sponsored by AutoTrader

Winner: Tates Motor Group

Best Social Media Campaign, sponsored by Marketing Delivery

Winner: Mercedes-Benz Retail Group

Best Manufacturer Digital Initiative, sponsored by Autotorq

Winner: Kia Motors UK -  Reevoo customer reviews

Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by Emac

Winner: Macrae & Dick

Highly commended: Romford Mazda

Most Improved Company of the Year, sponsored by Diamondbrite

Winner: Livery Dole

Highly commended: Tunbridge Wells Motors

Sales Team of the Year, sponsored by Barclays

Winner: Peter Vardy BMW Used Car Sales Team

Excellence in Aftersales, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-car

Winner: Rybrook Warwick

Highly commended: Bowker BMW, Pebley Beach

Business Manager of the Year, sponsored by Moneybarn

Winner: Laura Williams, of Sinclair Volkswagen Newport

Franchise of the Year, sponsored by RAC Cars

Winner: Audi UK

Used Car of the Year, sponsored by Car Care Plan

Winner: Nissan Qashqai

New Car of the Year, sponsored by Supagard

Winner: Volkswagen Golf

Tyres Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Continental

Winner: Listers Group

Best Used Car Performance, sponsored by Experian Automotive

Winner: Arnold Clark Automobiles

Best Fleet Dealership, sponsored by Fleet News

Winner: Holdcroft Group Fleet

Highly commended: Minstergate Hull

Best Dealership, sponsored by The Warranty Group

Winner: Barnetts Volkswagen

Highly commended: Williams Automobiles

Dealer Principal/General Manager of the Year, sponsored by Sun Motors

Winner: Jacqui Kaye of Corkills Volkswagen

Best Retail Group (up to and including 10 sites), sponsored by Main Dealer Offers

Winner: Peter Vardy

Best Retail Group (more than 10 sites), sponsored by Mapfre Abraxas

Winner: Swansway Garages

Highly commended: Arnold Clark Automobiles

Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by AutoTrader

Winner: Kia Motors UK - Reevoo customer reviews

Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance

Winner: Land Rover UK

Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Black Horse

Winner: Arnold Clark Automobiles

Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by Premia Solutions

Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, MD, Arnold Clark Automobiles

AM Hall of Fame

Inductee: Peter Jones, former Lookers chief executive

Chrarity fundraising

The raffle for automotive charity BEN raised £10,430 - a record for the event.

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