BSI Kitemark™ Vehicle Damage Repair News April 2014

Our welcome to new clients

We're delighted to welcome new clients once more who have achieved their BSI Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair.

Many congratulations to all.

KM 602032

Harwoods (Croydon) Accident Repair

KM 599824

Fix Auto Pontypridd

KM 606616

Motor Bodies Trowbridge Ltd

KM 606631

Blade Accident Repair (Gloucester)

KM 606561

BHW Automotive Ltd

KM 607986

Bodytec (UK) Ltd

KM 607785

Fastrak ARC Ltd

KM 603190 

North East Cab & Chassis Ltd

Ian Kitchin, Global Commercial Director commented:

"To achieve a BSI Kitemark continues to be an important accolade for the vehicle repair industry. We know our clients choose a BSI Kitemark in order to help them qualify for increased business opportunities, but our recent client survey confirmed that there are extra benefits too. Reduced operational risk, increased efficiency and better trained staff are just a few of the improvements which a BSI Kitemark helps bodyshops achieve."

To view all clients with a BSI Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair, please visit our product and services directory, and search under 'services'.

PAS 125: the move to a British standard. Your update.

Since our last newsletter, further steps have been taken by the separate standards arm of BSI to start the process of developing the new British standard  for Vehicle Damage Repair.

The draft will be available for public comment on 1st June for two months.  It will be open to anyone who wishes to comment and we'll let you know when it is available to view. Depending on the comments and the level of interest we anticipate it will be published at the end of the year.

For all existing and new bodyshops the new standard is good news. A British Standard brings with it a permanence unlike a PAS (Publicly Available Specification). This means that there is a committee permanently set up behind the standard, and there is also an increased level of recognition with the general public and industry alike. The combination of a BSI Kitemark and a British Standard should give vehicle repair customers greater reassurance.

For existing clients the auditing process will not change, and its likely that it will be up to one year after the new standard is published for clients to make the transition to the new standard. You can download our short presentation here to find out more about the changes.

Proposed audit reward initiative

The proposed initiative to reward consistently good perfoming bodyshops is being reviewed. This will result in a delay in implementation of the scheme. There are a number of reasons including the development of the new British Standard and the eventual withdrawal of  PAS 125, as well as further analysis of  the growing number of major and minor non-conformities. A re-worked scheme is being developed whic we believe will provide rewards to consistently high performing companies. Once we have further details we will ensure that a clear understanding of the process and timeline is understood by all BSI Kitemark certified bodyshops.

We want to make sure that any new procedure does not infringe on our accreditation and that we can reflect these changes fairly across all clients. 

Bodytec (UK) Ltd receive their certificate presentation after achieving their BSI Kitemark™

Andrew Lampkin and Amanda Stockley  from Bodytec (UK) Ltd received their new certificate from BSI’s Global Commercial Director, Ian Kitchin


Congratulations to Andrew Lampkin and Amanda Stockley who recently received their new presentation certificate.

Where can you see us next in 2014?

You may have seen us at the recent regional meetings held by the ABP club. In addition to these events we plan to attend the Brake Fleet Safety and Conference Awards, Thatcham Repair Focus, and the ABP Knight of Nights awards and Conference.  If there are any other opportunties we'll let you know in the next newsletters.