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19 October 23 Press releases

Industry’s very best car,
van and bike retailers celebrated at the 16th
Auto Trader Retailer Awards


  • C.150 businesses attend the 16th annual Auto Trader Retailer Awards.
  • Van and bike retailers included for the first time.
  • Phil Weaver, GBI Cars, and Sandown Mercedes crowned car Retailer of the Year.


Thursday 19th October 2023, London – The UK’s most progressive retailers gathered at London’s iconic 8 Northumberland Avenue yesterday for this year’s Auto Trader Retailer Awards. 2023 marked the first time since its launch in 2007, that van and bike retailers were recognised alongside their car dealing counterparts, ensuring this year’s Awards truly celebrated the very best in automotive retail.

With over 150 retailers attending the ceremony, 8 Northumberland Avenue was full of thunderous applause yesterday as 22 retailers lifted trophies in recognition for their exceptional customer service, digital excellence, commitment to sustainability, or for successfully adapting to the challenges of today’s exceptionally fast- moving market.

The top accolade, the Retailer of the Year, was awarded to nine businesses in total, representing the very best of the best across the car, van and motorbike landscape: Phil Weaver (under 50 cars), GBI Cars (50-100 cars), and Sandown Mercedes (over 100 cars) in the car category; Roy Wood Transit (under 20 vans), Herts & Essex Van (20-50 vans), and Van National (over 50 vans) in the van category; and Marque One (under 20 bikes), 5-Ways Motorcycle Centre (20-50 bikes), and Destination Triumph (over 50 bikes) in the motorbike category.

Award winners were described as ‘truly inspirational’ and ‘the best-of-the-best’ by Auto Trader’s sales directors, Rebecca Clark and Matt Schofield, who presented the awards alongside COO, Catherine Faiers, Editorial Director, Erin Baker, and YouTube Director, Rory Reid.

From an engaging digital experience to outstanding customer service, the Retailer Awards recognised the top performing automotive retailers in the UK across nine different categories, including the Customer Experience Award. Based on one of the largest mystery shopping exercises of its type, the category saw 1,000 of Auto Trader’s best performing retailers gradually whittled down to just three deserving winners via three mystery shopping phases: email (1,000 retailers), telephone (500 retailers) and then a full digital audit (150 retailers).                                                                                    

The winners of the Customer Experience Award were Livingstone Motor Group (under 50 cars); Simpson’s Skoda (50-100 cars); and Ray Chapman Motors (over 100 cars).

Of the nine categories, four were self-nomination: The Innovation Award, which recognised a retailer that had successfully implemented a bold innovation that’s markedly improved its business; The People & Culture Award, which identified those businesses that are going above and beyond to provide the very best working culture for its colleagues; and The Sustainability Initiative Award, which showcased the best examples of businesses taking steps to lower their carbon emissions and help combat climate change.

Retailers were also able to self-nominate for The Rising Star Award, which identifies those burgeoning businesses that are destined to set the industry alight. This year’s very deserving winner was Car Brothers Northern Ireland

This year saw the highest number of self-nominations ever to enter the Awards, which were judged by an independent panel, made up of experts from John Lewis, Capgemini, Compare the Market, The Carbon Literacy Project, and award-winning marketing agency, The Specialist Works.

Commenting on this year’s winners, Auto Trader’s Group Sales Director, Rebecca Clark, said:


It’s always such a joy to recognise our industry’s most exceptional retailers, but this year felt particularly special to also celebrate van and bike businesses, who are in every way as inspiring as their car counterparts. The industry has and is changing at a pace, but again we see the huge innovation and agility of retailers, and so it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate those businesses that are truly driving our industry forward. Their achievements give me nothing but confidence for the months ahead.

Key spokesperson

Rebecca Clark

Group Sales Director




Winners of the 2023 Auto Trader Retailer Awards:

Award category
Award winners (1-50 cars)
Award winners (50-100 cars)
Award winners (100 + cars)

Retailer of the Year Award
Phil Weaver Roy Wood Transit (5-20 vans) / Marque One (5-20 bikes)
GBI Cars Herts & Essex Vans (20-50 vans) / 5-Ways Motorcycle (20-50 bikes)
Sandown Mercedes Van National (over 50 vans) / Destination Triumph (over 50 bikes)

Customer Experience Award (mystery shopping)
Livingstone Motor Group
Simpsons Skoda
Ray Chapman Motors

Customer Choice Award
MB Cars
Alexanders Prestige (2nd year in a row)
Anthony Betts (2nd year in a row)

The Innovation Award
Q Performance
Luscombe Motors
Arnold Clark (2nd year in a row)

Rising Star of the Year
Car Brothers Northern Ireland

Sustainability Initiative
Drive Green

People & Culture Award
Under 200 cars
Over 200 cars

eStar Truck & Van

As well as trophies, the winners were provided with a host of assets to promote their success to potential car buyers, including window stickers, digital logos, and social media posts.



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