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Fix Auto Cheltenham move into new repair centre

Fix Auto Cheltenham owners Andrew Emery (left), Kieran Humphries (third left) James Hodges with Mark Hutchins (right) and Neil Reader

Fix Auto Cheltenham has relocated into its new repair centre following £400,000 investment.

The 15,000 square-foot repair centre has four times the workspace than their previous site and, once fully operational with additional staff recruited, will have the capacity to repair more than 250 vehicles a month.

The new centre, positioned close to the town’s main retail park and arterial road leading to the motorway network, holds 25 work bays and will also see the introduction of an MOT service station.

The development has been two years in the planning and comes four years since the joint-owners of Fix Auto Cheltenham, Kieran Humphries and Andrew Emery, joined the network.

Emery said: “When we joined Fix Auto UK in July 2018, we went on record saying we wanted to take the business to another level and establish it as the premier repair centre for the region.

“After all the conversations, planning and countless hours ploughed into making this development happen, to actually see vehicles roll into the new building and worked on was a truly monumental moment for the business.

Central to the new site will be two spray booths positioned to ensure a circular workflow to help ensure maximum efficiency, said Fix Auto UK.

When fully operational and their current recruitment drive which is set to double its workforce is complete, productivity will surpass 200 vehicles a month, an increase over the 50 vehicles a month the business is currently capable of achieving.

Earlier this month, Fix Auto UK bought Fix Auto Henley-on-Thames and St Woolos Auto Repairs, in South Wales, from franchisees, as it creates a company-owned bodyshop group.

Mark Hutchins, head of commercial for Fix Auto UK, said: “This is truly a momentous occasion. It feels like only yesterday that I first approached Kieran and Andrew about joining the network.

“Exactly four years to the week that they joined us I’m standing in what I can only describe as a prestigious flagship repair centre with a capacity to repair five times the number than they were previously able to complete.

“It has been made possible by sheer hard work, commitment and dedication by the team here underpinned by the business and repair support we provide. Kieran and Andrew are a credit to the network.”

Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 786 bodyshops.

In January, North-east based dealer Sherwoods Motor Group joined the Fix Auto repair network.

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