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16 January 2008

Lewis takes the top rostrum at Best of Belron

Portsmouth based Autoglass technician, Lewis Colbourne has beaten applicants from across the country to be recognised as the best in the UK at a prestigious industry event.

Lewis, aged 27, who has been a technician for five years, has scooped the top award at the Best of Belron event held in Birmingham. The event brings together the top technicians from across the country and competition was tough for the esteemed title. The fifth annual contest was held at the National Skills Centre in Birmingham.

Lewis will now go on to compete against winners from 25 other countries in the International grand final which is to take place in May, with the prize of a year’s salary up for grabs. Jamie Sutterby of Chelmsford was named as runner up in the event.

Autoglass, part of the Belron group, operates in 29 countries across the world, and the ‘Best of Belron’ event is a fiercely competitive contest to find the best technician in the world. Regional heats were held to find 12 finalists who battled to take the UK title.

Nigel Doggett, managing director of Autoglass said; “This competition was created to showcase the excellent skills, detailed training and work of our technicians. The best fitter from each region was tested on all aspects of glass repair and replacement, as well as technical questionnaires and an in-depth assessment on customer service.

“Ford generously donated 12 brand new Ford Mondeos, all of which had the same damage caused to the glass. Technicians used whichever methods they felt best to repair the work to the highest standard. This included the ‘Little Buddy‘ system which is a new lifting and positioning device that attaches to a vehicle’s door glass using a strong sucker while the replacement windscreen is attached to the Little Buddy’s telescopic arm.

“Competition is always fierce because the national winner has the opportunity to compete against finalists from across the world in a grand finale.”

As well as the company’s trainers who kept a keen eye on proceedings, directors of Pilkington Glass, sponsors of the event, joined dignitaries from Ford, DOW and Laddaw Ltd. The AA was represented at the event, as was the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry).

A windscreen accounts for 30 per cent of a vehicle’s structural safety and Autoglass places huge emphasis on training to ensure every screen is fitted safely. It is the only company in its industry to have achieved accredited status from Thatcham and the IMI and in addition, Autoglass holds the ISO 9001 quality certification and is exclusively recommended by the AA.

Autoglass is the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service with 121 branches nationwide and 1,300 mobile service units. For further information visit www.Autoglass.co.uk

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