The winners of the first Commercial Motor Dealer Awards were announced on 23 November 2016 at a gala dinner at Heythrop Park Hotel, Oxfordshire.
Watch the video highlights here.
The two big awards of the evening were won by Northern Ireland’s Road Trucks (Scania) – which took home Franchised Dealer of the Year – and PM Commercials, which was crowned Independent Dealer of the Year.
Ten awards were given out on the night with a further three firms Highly Commended in their category by the independent panel that judged the entries.
The audience was entertained by Edinburgh Festival and BBC FiveLive Fighting Talk regular Ian Moore.
Service to Industry went to Chris Kelly snr, founder of Keltruck, who the judges described as a “pioneer of the industry who has made his business a household name”.
Kelly, who was unable to attend on the night, accepted his award in a video shown to a packed hall of more than 250 of the industry’s movers and shakers.
Winners in full:
Franchised Dealer of the Year: Road Trucks (Scania), Highly Commended: Thomas Hardie Commercials
Independent Dealer of the Year: PM Commercials, Highly Commended: Britcom International
Aftersales, Workshop and Maintenance Provider of the Year: Sparks Commercial Services, Highly Commended: Waldron Commercials
Finance Provider of the Year: Close Brothers Asset Finance
Technician Team of the Year: Imperial Commercials
Workshop Innovation of the Year: Checked Safe
Sales Team of the Year: Thomas Hardie Commercials
Auction House of the Year: Protruck Auctions
Apprentice of the Year: Tom Christie, Northside Truck and Van
Service to Industry: Chris Kelly snr