The 2019 Annual London Lunch was held in the splendid setting of the Trafalgar Room at the Victory Services Club. Brian Spratt, Chairman of the FELLOWSHIP extended a warm welcome to everyone and especially our guest speaker Andy Savva who had very kindly agreed to propose the toast to the FELLOWSHIP.
Brian welcomed everybody and gave a brief summary of the various FELLOWSHIP events that had taken place throughout the year. He thanked everyone for their part in helping to make these events such a success, enabling the FELLOWSHIP to be able to donate a sum of £5,000 to the Automotive Industry BEN.
Introducing Andy Savva who has been involved in the automotive industry for 35 years, having owned & managed successful garages since 1994. In 2001, He won the prestigious award for "The National Independent Garage of the Year"
In 2005 he sold his businesses and went on to complete a Diploma in Automotive Retail Management at Loughborough University (2007). He is a Fellow of The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), and also served five years on the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation Board (IAAF) as a council member and Vice President.
In 2010, he started a new venture (Brunswick Garage): a state of the art, 14000 sq. ft. purposely built vehicle repair workshop, offering a dealer level service for BMW, Mini, Volkswagen, Audi, & Land Rover. In July 2012, Brunswick Garage reached the final 5 in "The National Independent Garage of the Year" award, organised by the Motor Trader Magazine held at the Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane.
Having sold this business in 2015, he is now running an Aftersales Consultancy practice working with both retail and aftermarket organisations, specifically in the garage sector. In 2018 He launched a series of 1-day business training courses specifically for the independent garage sector, this is a unique initiative within this market.
Andy gave an interesting and thought-provoking speech focusing on the opportunities that existed within the Independent Garage Sector and highlighted actions that can be taken by independent garages to ensure that they operate in a professional manner and compete with the franchise sector.
Following lunch FELLOWSHIP President conducted the now traditional game of Heads & Tails. The collection raised a total of £610.00 and after a closely run contest Bill Pyper was declared the winner and received half of the total sum collected, of which he very generously donated £60 to the FELLOWSHIP’S charity account.
Finally, FELLOWSHIP Chairman presented a cheque for £5,000 to Matt Wigginton the Fundraising Director at BEN, the Automotive Industry Charity. After the presentation the bar remained open well into the afternoon to allow Fellows and their guests to continue enjoying the day over a drink or two.