Baldwins Repair Group announces acquisition in West Midlands

Baldwins Repair Group expands its award-winning accident repair service in the West Midlands, following the acquisition of Quicks ASR Ltd.

The repair centres, based in Coventry and Birmingham, have been operating for almost two years. This is the first expansion move by new CEO, Richard Steer, who purchased Baldwins Repair Group in July 2018.

The two newly acquired sites join the four well established Baldwins repair centres based in Aylesbury (HO), Corby, Leicester and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Richard Steer said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Quicks team to our business. This is a fantastic opportunity for Baldwins to increase our operational reach, whilst strengthening and enlarging our team. Finding these new possibilities is a key driver for the group’s growth plans.

“This acquisition is a clear indication that I want to take this organisation to the next level and build on the platform that already exists to make us the body repair partner of choice for our clients and their customers.

“The industry is changing and to continue our success, we need to grow and evolve with the times. This is the beginning of that process.”

Baldwins Repair Group’s owner sells business to single-investor

Baldwins Repair Group’s owner sells business to single-investor Steve Warner, owner of Baldwins Repair Group, has announced today that he has sold the business to single-investor, Richard Steer.

Richard brings a wealth of experience, industry knowledge and expertise with him having previously grown and developed successful businesses prior to this purchase. He will join the award-winning accident repairer as owner and Manging Director on 1 August.

Peter Randhawa will continue his role of Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group and oversee operations at all repair centres in Aylesbury, Corby, Leicester and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as the build of the new London site.

During his ownership, Steve developed the business alongside Peter Randhawa. The sites have grown from one to five, manufacturer, insurer and network approvals have increased plus the business has become more involved in key initiatives high on the industry’s agenda, such as apprenticeships and electric vehicles.

Steve Warner said: ‘Following 15 very positive years at Baldwins, I have decided that it is time for me to take a step back and focus on other projects and new challenges. I can see the company’s future going from strength to strength with Richard – he has a great deal of experience and I believe he is the right man for the job. I want to thank the team for all their hard work over the years and I wish them every success for the future.’

Richard Steer said: ‘I am extremely excited about this opportunity. I come in with no pre-conceived ideas as I have worked with Baldwins for many years and I know it is a well organised and successful business. ‘My initial job is to visit the sites, meet the team and see how we, as a Group, can develop the business over time. I look forward to working with the already established team and building on the success of Baldwins Repair Group.

Peter Randhawa said: ‘I am very proud of what has been achieved for Baldwins so far under Steve’s ownership, but there is still much more to come. The future is very exciting for the business and we can only see positives in having Richard on board. During this change of ownership, it is still business as usual at all of our sites.’

If any networks or suppliers have any queries, please contact Peter Randhawa directly.

Become an apprentice multiskilled technician at Baldwins of Corby

Following on from our successful apprentice showcase event at our Corby repair site on Saturday (9th June), we are inviting all individuals with a passion for  vehicles, an interest in the motor trade and a desire to join an award-winning bodyshop as an apprentice; to submit their CV to us for the opportunity of becoming a multiskilled vehicle accident repair technician at our Corby repair site.

So, what are we looking for?
We would like two enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for vehicles and the motor trade, to join our accident repair centre in Corby, Northamptonshire as an apprentice Multi-Skilled Vehicle Accident Repair Technician.

About the apprenticeship programme
The programme lasts for 2 years and includes on the job training at our Corby repair centre alongside our expert mentors; plus classroom sessions at EMTEC college in Ruddington, Nottingham.

The course will provide you with the key skills required to repair accident damaged vehicles from start to finish, including:

  • Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET): You will learn the strip and refit processes of all main vehicle systems, plus access, remove and reinstall mechanical and electrical components/systems.
  • Panel repair: You will learn to repair and replace panels and carrying out techniques such as welding, plus You will get to use specialist body jigs and tools.
  • Paint: You will learn how to prep and carry out paint refinishing using techniques including; sealing, masking, priming and applying base coat and lacquer.

On successful programme completion, apprentices will gain a full-time position within Baldwins Repair Group.

Entry Criteria
To be accepted onto the programme you must have three GCSEs, or equivalent, including English and Maths. If you have just taken your GCSEs, please include your expected grades in your application.

I’m interested, what happens next?
If you would like to apply for our apprenticeship programme, please forward your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work for us to: recruitment@steer.co.uk.

We invite candidates to attend an interview and skills test. The successful candidates will commence a 1 month trial period with us at Baldwins of Corby.

Peter Randhawa, Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group says: “We are true advocates of apprenticeships and we are committed to offering young people great opportunities within the vehicle repair industry. Our past apprenticeship programmes have been extremely positive, and I am pleased to say that all our past apprentices have become full time members of staff with us.

“Many members of the Baldwins team started in the automotive and vehicle repair industry as apprentices and have successful worked their way up the career ladder; so, we understand just how rewarding and powerful apprenticeships can be.

“We realise the accident repair industry needs new blood and we’re committed to attracting enthusiastic individuals with new ideas, the passion to learn and the desire to succeed into the industry.

“As new technologies are continually coming into play and vehicles are transforming rapidly; it really is an exciting and interesting time to be part of the accident repair industry.”

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – Friday 13th July

Baldwins Repair Group is the first UK vehicle repairer working with Bluecity, London’s 100% EV car sharing scheme

Baldwins Repair Group is delighted to be the first UK accident repairer to work in partnership with Bluecity, the point-to-point electric car sharing scheme.

This unique scheme is being gradually rolled-out across London and is the capital’s first point-to-point car sharing scheme powered exclusively with green energy.

The Buckinghamshire based vehicle repairer, which operates out of four UK sites; started working with Bluecity in February 2018 and is proud to be accredited with the prestigious BSI BS10125 Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair – the highest endorsement available in the industry.

Baldwins Repair Group is responsible for managing the fleet of red, Lithium Metal Polymer battery-powered city-cars during electrical breakdown and accident repair. It also carries out pre-delivery inspections and post-repair inspections; plus, commissions and decommissions vehicles.

The vehicle repairer is fully equipped to repair all types of electric vehicles, including charge points at the Aylesbury repair centre; and a dedicated, highly skilled and fully electric vehicle (EV) trained team.

Peter Randhawa, General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group, said: “As EV advocates, we are delighted to be part of this scheme. This partnership has been almost two years in the making, but I am overjoyed with the result.

“To be chosen as the first UK accident repairer involved in a project of this scale, shows that we are a forward-thinking organisation and engaged with a rapidly growing market. We look forward to working with Bluecity and seeing where this exciting electric future takes us.”

Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Bluecity, said: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Baldwins Repair Group. Together we will offer our members the guarantee that all cars are repaired and maintained to the highest standards. Bluecity is the London’s first 100% EV point-to-point car-sharing scheme and we pride ourselves with the quality of our service from start to finish.”

Jump start your career at Baldwins Repair Group

We are excited to be launching our new apprenticeship programme, to find two multiskilled technicians to join our Corby Repair Centre.

We’re working with industry charity, AutoRaise, to bridge the skills gap that the industry is currently facing; and invest time and effort in the future employability of young people.

We will be holding a Showcase event at our repair centre in Pilot Road, Phoenix Parkway, Corby in June. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out what the apprenticeship involves, meet the team, past apprentices and partners; plus gain some hands-on experience and take part in competitions.

Peter Randhawa, Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group says: “We are true advocates of apprenticeships and we are committed to offering young people great opportunities within the vehicle repair industry. Our past apprenticeship programmes have been extremely positive, and I am pleased to say that all our past apprentices have become full time members of staff with us.

“Many members of the Baldwins team started in the automotive and vehicle repair industry as apprentices and have successful worked their way up the career ladder; so, we understand just how rewarding and powerful apprenticeships can be.

“We realise the accident repair industry needs new blood and we’re committed to attracting enthusiastic individuals with new ideas, the passion to learn and the desire to succeed into the industry.

“As new technologies are continually coming into play and vehicles are transforming rapidly; it really is an exciting and interesting time to be part of the accident repair industry.”

See our Profile in ABP Club Magazine – December 2017

We’re proud to have appeared in one of the biggest publications in our industry, at the end of last year.

The Editor, Heather Grant, spoke with our MD Steve Warner and Group General Manager Peter Randhawa and put together this fantastic profile on Baldwins Repair Group. Take a look and find out about our history, our growth and future plans.

ABP Club Magazine – Winter Edition 2017 (We’re on page 52!)

 

Throwback Thursdays #TBT!

To celebrate our 15 anniversary, each week we are looking back over the years and picking out some of our great times to share with you!

Here is just a selection, but follow us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see a piece of our history each week!

 

See our coverage in Bodyshop Magazine January 2018

In January 2018 our Group General Manager Peter Randhawa was featured in an Electric Vehicle (EV) article in Bodyshop Magazine – one of the largest publications in the accident repair industry.

As true EV advocates, Peter discusses how we at Baldwins Repair Group are gearing up for the ‘electric future’ in terms of mechanics and training.

Bodyshop Magazine – January 2018 (We’re on page 36!)