WELSH REPAIR GROUP OFFER HIGH QUALITY & COST EFFECTIVE SERVICE WITH THE BSI KITEMARK®

The Welsh Repair Group (WRG) made up of three bodyshops in Wales that all have the Kitemark have recently celebrated their first birthday and toasted to the success and future of the group. The Welsh Repair Group was formed in October 2009 as a direct result of the need for independent accident repair companies in Wales to become more competitive in today’s market place. The WRG members are: Autocraft ARC of Aberystwyth, Jones & Bramley of Newport and RGM vehicle body repairs of Swansea with over 113 years of combined experience of the industry. Tony Johnstone, marketing manager at RGM commented: “By combining our buying power we automatically qualify for higher discounts from our suppliers and are therefore able to pass this on to our customers in order to meet their demands. We wanted to provide our customers with a single point of contact that can supply a comprehensive body shop service throughout the whole of Wales from north to south and be a more cost effective alternative for the discerning client, without reducing standards.” Not all bodyshops are the same: To earn the Kitemark, vehicle body repair shops must prove that they conform to tough new standards set down in PAS 125. These include strict requirements that focus on skills, repair methods, equipment and materials. In addition, workshops must demonstrate that they have repair process management controls in place to monitor activities. All these elements are then assessed by independent BSI inspectors and must meet stringent benchmarks to be awarded the valuable Kitemark by BSI. Therefore a motorist should always look for the Kitemark symbol when choosing a bodyshop. Tony added: “The importance of the Kitemark to the WRG is paramount. This standard is recognised by all insurance companies and many fleet companies to be the ‘yardstick’ that accurately measures and proves the professional capability of the accident repair industry. Without it, it is difficult to prove that your training, methods of repair and tools of the trade are fit for the purpose of repairing modern accident damaged vehicles, so that they are properly restored to original pre accident status and as a consequence able to withstand any further accident damage that might otherwise seriously injure or cause fatalities to the occupants.” For more information visit www.thewrg.co.uk or contact Tony on 01792 418418. For more information on BSI Kitemark, visit www.kitemark.com. Caption to image: Inspector Nigel Whitehouse (South Wales Police – Traffic Division) presenting the BSI certificate to RGM General Manager Keith Davies For media enquiries relating to this press release, please contact Tracey Treanor at Chicane on 07789 078710 or tracey@chicanemarketing.co.uk. NOTES TO EDITORS: About BSI Group BSI Group is a global independent business services organization which enables businesses, governments and other organizations to increase profits and market access, and to enhance reputation with its standards-based solutions and assurance services. From its origins as the world’s first National Standards Body, BSI Group draws upon over 100 years’ experience to partner with 66,000 organizations in 147 countries from its 50 offices. Today, through its independence, innovation and integrity, BSI continues to improve the lives of millions by raising standards worldwide. To learn more about BSI Group, please visit www.bsigroup.com Contact: Claire Lynam, Head of Communications & Alliances, BSI. Tel: 08450 765600, claire.lynam@bsigroup.com www.Kitemark.com

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