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?

We are celebrating 15 years of operation!

2018 sees us enter our 15th year of operating as a bodyshop repair business.

Our first site, based in Aylesbury, was purchased by Steve Warner and his business partners in 2003. Today, Steve is the 100 percent shareholder. He continues to run the Group and manage it alongside Group General Manager Peter Randhawa.

To grow and strengthen our position, we have increased our site numbers to five. This includes our fast track centre in Leicester and our London site, which is currently in the planning process to create a purpose-built facility.

We currently employ over 100 employees and we are proud to be the approved bodyshop for manufacturers Ford, Honda, MG and Mistsubishi. We are also approved by a number of insurers including LV=, Covea, Allianz and esure.

Our Managing Director Steve Warner says: “Our success so far has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of all our employees and previous Directors.

“Going forward we have the appetite for further growth, without losing customer focus; and keeping our positive relationships with our work providers. We will continue to train and develop our team in order to improve our service and efficiencies.

“It has been a challenging time, but we are now in a strong operational position to successfully manage our future plans and developments. Here’s to the next 15 years!”

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!)

 

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!)