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VREA – A night of awards 

There were many smiles at the recent Vehicle Recycling Excellence Awards (VREA) held at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, not only from the many prize winners but also from all of the guests who attended. Everyone enjoyed fine food and refreshments, entertainment, and the presentation of the Awards themselves.

 

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All the Vehicle Recycling Excellence Award winners

The evening began with a reception at the National Motorcycle Museum, where guests were able to meet, drink and relax with old and new friends whilst they were able to comment on the many bikes on display. At the same time, a three-piece jazz ensemble enhanced the atmosphere, and magicians made their way around the room, bemusing and amusing guests as they chatted.

Shortly afterwards, dinner was called, and guests were officially welcomed to the Awards. After dinner, TV’s Quentin Willson was introduced as the host of the ceremony and shared his contrasting memories of visiting breakers’ yards of the past and how the industry has reinvented itself as a modern enterprise at the forefront of helping to answer the country’s need for recycling and sustainability. 

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Quentin Willson – Host of the Vehicle Recycling Excellence Awards

This sentiment was reiterated by Jim Loughran, CEO of e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management and headline sponsor of the night. He also said how the UK auto recycling industry is recognised for its hard work and how the industry was in the midst of exciting times. He was followed by Haydn Davies, owner and editor of ATF Professional and the media sponsors of the awards, to say how, since becoming involved with the industry, he and his team had always wanted to help create such an event, and with support and encouragement was delighted to see it become a reality. He also said that by understanding the hard work and dedication people put into their business, the industry deserved a night to celebrate, be recognised and enjoy each other’s company. 

Haydn remained on the stage to award the night’s first three awards, in the gift of ATF Professional. The first was ‘Unsung Hero of the year’, which was awarded to Kev Tee from Charles Trent Ltd. The second award of the night went to Tom Hayward from I Need Spares, who won the ‘Rising Star’ award. Both the Unsung Hero and Rising Star categories were sponsored by Adam Hewitt Ltd. Finally, ATF Professional sponsored the ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’, where the winner was Jason Cross. 

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L-R: Haydn Davies -Director of ATF Professional, Jason Cross – winner of the Outstanding Individual of the Year Award, and Quentin Willson – Host of the VREA

The evening continued with a further 20 awards, which were greeted with ever-increasing anticipation and applause, with the ‘Champions of Champions’ award, sponsored by e2e, finally being presented to Recycling Lives. 

With closing comments and group photographs of all the winners, the evening concluded with music at the After Show drinks and networking, sponsored by Silverlake. Everyone could mingle and toast a night that brought the vehicle recycling community together. 

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Haydn Davies said:

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Haydn Davies

“It was great to be part of making the first Vehicle Recycling Excellence Awards a reality. The ATF Professional team appreciates everyone’s support, including the sponsors and the many who attended. 

With the organisers, we intend to make the Awards an annual event and the highlight of the vehicle recycling calendar. It was fabulous to see everyone enjoying themselves, and we received some great feedback about the event from them. 

The vehicle recyclers of the UK have much to be proud of, and we want the VREA to be a key part of promoting the industry. We are already in conversation with the organisers for next year’s awards, and we will be listening to everyone in the industry to ensure next year’s event will be bigger and even better.”

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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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