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.

A great (re)finish for our apprentice showcase

We are astounded by the calibre of young people that attended our first ever apprenticeship showcase in partnership with industry charity, AutoRaise.

Over 15 prospective apprentices visited our Corby bodyshop on 9th June to get hands on, meet the team and find out more about the accident repair industry.

Guests were able to try their hand at a range of activities to experience the different stages of the repair process. They applied filler to a dented bonnet care of U-POL; created estimates on a damaged vehicle with Audatex; used a paint spray-gun in the spray booth with LKQ Coatings and had a go at paintless dent removal with Car-Mum. BSI Group were also on hand to highlight the importance of Kitemark BS1015 Vehicle Damage Repair.

Top of the range vehicles including a Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 and Ford Ranger Wildtrak Armoured Plus Edition and the new Mitsubishi all electric Eclipse Cross were loaned for the day from local dealers; as well as the iconic pink Sheilas’ Wheels Cadillac from insurer esure.

Group General Manager, Peter Randhawa said: ‘We are extremely happy with the outcome of our first showcase event with AutoRaise.

‘The talent and enthusiasm of those who joined us on the day were unexpectedly high. It just shows that the skills, passion and knowledge are out there – but it’s now our job, and the industry’s job, to capture these young people and show them the possibilities of a career within accident repair.

‘We hope we were able to portray our industry positively and demonstrate how interesting, diverse and technologically advancing it really is. Most importantly we hope these young people are still interested in applying!’

Bob Linwood, CEO of AutoRaise said: ‘AutoRaise were pleased and proud to support the Baldwins of Corby event. The event was perfectly organised and we were delighted to have the opportunity to engage with so many young people and critically, their parents too.

‘I am in no doubt that Baldwins will find at least two really strong candidates to award multi-skilled apprenticeships to.

‘Baldwins are the latest repairer who have committed to work with AutoRaise to assist them in helping address their own skills crisis. I hope that we have the opportunity to help many more repairers in the coming weeks and months.’

The deadline to apply for the two positions of apprentice Vehicle Accident Repair Technician at Baldwins of Corby is Friday 13th July. For full information on the apprenticeship programme and how to apply please see here.

To see all the photographs from the day, please see our Facebook page. Why not like our page and share?

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

Apprentice Showcase at Corby – Saturday 9th June!

We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals with 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.

Come along to our apprentice showcase on Saturday 9th June to find out more!

Venue: Baldwins of Corby, Pilot Road, Phoenix Parkway, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5YH
Timings: There will be two sessions: 10.30-12.00 and 12.30-14.00.

On the day, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at spray painting in our paint booth, rubbing down filler and stripping and refitting a bumper. Plus there will be competitions with some great prizes up for grabs and demonstrations from our expert team members and suppliers.

We’ll also have on site some of our approved manufacturer and insurer vehicles including the bright pink Sheilas’ Wheels Cadillac!

If you’re interested in coming on the day to find out more, please email nicki.probets@steer.co.uk and state which session you’d like to attend and how many people will be coming along. We look forward to seeing you there!

More about our 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.

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.

We hope to see you on the 9th June!

 

 

Baldwins Repair Group wins BSI Kitemark Excellence Award

Baldwins Repair Group is delighted to have won the prestigious BSI Kitemark Excellence Award at the British Bodyshop Awards ceremony on Thursday 10 May.

The Award category – only in its second year – recognises bodyshops that have excelled in the way they have promoted the Kitemark certification to industry peers and customers; and showcased the positive impacts it has for the business.

Peter Randhawa, group general manager at Baldwins Repair Group said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award. To be recognised by an organisation as highly regarded as BSi is a huge triumph for us, as it acknowledges just how seriously we take being a Kitemark accredited bodyshop.

“This accolade shows how dedicated we are to informing customers we hold a recognised symbol of safety, quality and expertise; as this in turn helps to build consumer confidence, reassurance and satisfaction. I am so proud of our team as it also demonstrates their commitment and hard work – it’s a credit to them.

“We were up against some tough competition – congratulations to all finalists. To even be considered for this award reassures us all that we are doing the right thing for industry standard.

“As a winner, this now takes our previous Kitemark endorsement to a new level and enables us to uphold our vision of ‘Striving for Excellence’.”

Rob Hine, Head of Commercial Engagement at BSI Kitemark said: “The Kitemark excellence award is always hotly contested. The level of applicants is consistently high and all the organisations shortlisted should be extremely proud of their achievements.

“It was my absolute pleasure to present the award to Baldwins Repair Group this year and we look forward to working more closely with them to promote the value of the Kitemark to their customers.”

Business as usual at Baldwins of Leicester

We are pleased to announce that Baldwins of Leicester is now fully operational, following the fire in a neighbouring industrial unit on Friday 13th April.

Our repair centre did sustain damage to an adjoining wall and some roof panels. The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service did an exceptional job and were able to control the fire on our building – we were very lucky.

Baldwins of Leicester is our fast-track site. As the turnaround of vehicles on site is quick, we only have a handful with us at any one time.

Customers vehicles were not damaged during this incident. All vehicles at our Leicester bodyshop were moved to other Baldwins repair centres.

Thank you to all our customers for being so understanding during this time.

If you have any queries, please contact our Leicester Repair centre directly on 0116 2627930.

 

<Archived – Tues 17 April> Fire in Brougham Street, Leicester near to Baldwins of Leicester

As you may be aware, on Friday 13 April 2018 there was a major fire in an industrial unit, which adjoins our Leicester Repair centre.

Our Repair centre did incur minimal damage and operation has ceased, for the time being.

Our customers have been contacted directly and all vehicles have been transferred to our Coventry and Birmingham repair centres.

Customer vehicles were not compromised during this incident.

We will provide a further update in 48 hours from now (Tuesday 17 April).

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact our Leicester Repair centre on 0116 2627930.

We appear in the April edition of Bodyshop Magazine!

We’re excited to appear in two articles in this month’s edition of Bodyshop Magazine.

Read what our Group General Manager, Peter Randhawa has to say on consumables on pages 44-45. And see what Tony Turvey, our Group Image Assessment Manager, thinks about the future of the Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) on pages 46-47.

Follow the link to Bodyshop Magazine to read more…

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.”