Your Questions Answered

QWhat is the Auto Body Professionals Club?

A The Auto Body Professionals Club (ABP Club) was formed in September 2004. We are a Club for “individuals who want to see the body repair industry prosper” and now have over 2,500 individual members from all sides of the industry - repairers, insurance, credit hire and accident management companies, vehicle, equipment and paint manufacturers, distribution and suppliers.

We are primarily about two things:

  • Community
  • Communication
  • Community

    The Club holds two National Club meetings per year in the UK - traditionally in February and June - where an average of around 200 Club members enjoy networking opportunities at each meeting. These Club meetings are free to attend for Gold and Platinum members.

    In addition, we hold our Annual Convention followed by our Night of Knights awards event in November that attracts a cross-section of around 500 delegates. The Convention is viewed as ‘the most significant industry event of the year’ by many industry professionals and again is free to attend for Gold and Platinum Club members.

    Other events run by ABP include the annual British Bodyshop Awards, bi-annual EXPO, ABP Roadshows and our annual golf day.

    Communication

    The ABP Club website is “The Home of the Body Repair Industry”.

    In 2016 the Club's website received over 1.3 million visits, with over 4.9 MILLION pages being viewed.

    In 2016, the Forum section of the Club's website had 7,750 messages posted - 4,000 member messages and 3,750 news items.

    QIs it an association?

    AAbsolutely not.   It does not claim to have association status, but it will try to influence and work with associations and others connected with the body repair industry on behalf of Club members.

    QWho are its members?

    AWe have in excess of 2,500 individual members comprising of the majority of the UK’s top bodyshops, insurers and leading suppliers to the industry. As at 1 January 2016 we had as members:

  • 29 of the top 30 independent bodyshop groups
  • 48 of the top 50 independent single site bodyshops
  • over 75% of the BS10125 Kitemark accredited bodyshops
  • 17 of the top 20 motor insurers
  • 16 of the top 20 accident management / credit hire companies
  • Most key vehicle manufacturers
  • Although we are proud to have industry leading companies as members, we are equally delighted to have many SMEs gaining the many benefits of being a Club member.

    QCan non-bodyshop professionals join?

    AYes they can, as long as they follow the basic aims and objectives of the Club. There is a separate category of membership to cater for this sector – Club Supporter. This category has two classifications – Gold Supporter and Bronze Supporter and is open to senior representatives of motor insurers, accident management companies, suppliers, motor manufacturers – in fact any senior individuals of companies who want to help to influence the body repair industry.

    QWhat are the Club's aims and objectives?

    Be the leading information provider and communications hub for the UK Body Repair Industry

  • Bring together ‘Board Level’ individuals within the sector
  • Provide opportunities for these like-minded individuals to influence the market as a whole
  • Share information and stimulate debate with like-minded businessmen and women to create positive change and improvements for the sector
  • Arrange meetings and regional forums to include high-level presentations by industry VIPs – work providers, manufacturers, government departments, trade body representatives ie, VBRA, MVRA, RMI, SMMT, ABI, Thatcham, AIRC, industry economists, journalists and suppliers (mixed panels).
  • The overall aim of our meetings is to break the complex circle of mistrust; lack of transparency and misunderstanding that currently prevents the sector from moving forward in a positive way. They are moderated professionally and are conducted in a co-operative, constructive and non-confrontational manner.

  • Improve the standing of the repair industry by setting the industry agenda:
    1. Market differentiation and segmentation
    2. Legislative issues affecting the sector
    3. ROI
    4. Market dynamics (UK and Internationally)
    5. Anticompetitive behaviour within the sector including fraud, legislative compliance issues, restrictive covenants and practices
    6. Consumer protection

  • Launch key industry initiatives and attempt to bring conclusions to such initiatives eg improve process efficiencies, unified CSI, industry standards including IT, market research, industry forum
  • Act as an interface for best practice information and relationships across all facets of the body repair sector
  • QWhen and where are Club events held?

    AClick the Club Events Diary button for details.

    QWhat are the differences between the membership categories?

    AClick here to view the bodyshop membership categories

    Click here to view the supporter membership categories for insurers, accident management companies, credit hire companies, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers.

    QHow much does it cost to be a member?

    A Platinum Bodyshop: £200 + VAT per month (up to four named senior execs and three delegate places at Club meetings)
      Gold Bodyshop:  £45 per month + VAT (up to threenamed senior execs and two delegate places at Club meetings)
      Bronze Bodyshop:  £225 per annum + VAT (in one single annual payment up to two named senior execs)
      Gold Supporter:  *£55 per month + VAT (up to four named senior execs and three delegate places at club meetings)
      Bronze Supporter:  £280 per annum + VAT (up to three named senior execs)

    * Gold Club Supporter may also be invited to Platinum member activities by prior agreement. 

    QHow do I advertise on the ABP Club Website?

    ASimply email us on advertising@abpclub.com to register your interest and we will contact you with prices. Alternatively, contact our sales and marketing mangar, Fiona Ambrose (m: 07429012280e: fiona@abpclub.com) for an informal discussion.

    QHow do I join?

    AClick here

    We will either forward an invoice to cover the appropriate annual amount (if preferred) or alternatively, a Standing Order monthly mandate form for your completion and return.

    If you require further information on any Club matters, please contact David Cresswell or Paul Dowling: David Cresswell: 07977 929756 / david@abpclub.com

    Paul Dowling: 07983 564137 / paul@abpclub.com