Killoe businessman’s firm wins top motor award

Niall Quinn (who presented the awards), Liam Denning, Siobhan Denning, John Denning and Pat Denning pictured at the awards ceremony in the Burlington Hotel.
A Longford buisnessman who has been involved in the motor industry for the past 50 years had his company’s achievements recognised in style recently when it was awarded the ‘Bodyshop of the Year’ award at the Irish Motor Industry Awards.

A Longford buisnessman who has been involved in the motor industry for the past 50 years had his company’s achievements recognised in style recently when it was awarded the ‘Bodyshop of the Year’ award at the Irish Motor Industry Awards.

Accident repair specialists Denning’s Cars, Spawell, Dublin 6W – owned by Pat Denning who hails from Killoe - received the prestigious accolade in front of over 500 of the motor industry’s senior figures at a glittering ceremony in The Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

The awards provided a unique to honour businesses that have demonstrated excellence and best practice in the face of extremely challenging economic conditions.

Denning’s Cars clinched one of just six awards, which were presented by well known sports presenter, Des Cahill; Alan Lyons, President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Paul Smith, Head of Castrol in Ireland.

Speaking to the Leader, Mr Denning said the company was delighted with the award and he pointed out that while he is not as active in the business as he used to be, he is proud to see his own family now running the show.

“We are delighted to receive the Bodyshop of the Year Award 2013, in recognition of our focus on delivering excellent customer service to our clients, and also by being at the forefront of designing a new exciting standard for our industry,” he added.

“I started off in Hanlon Brothers in Longford and worked in a few other places after that and I’m very proud to see my own family running the show now.

“These days I like to indulge in a bit of gardening and all the family is involved in motor and vintage car clubs.”

Alan Nolan, Director General of the SIMI, then concluded by saying, “Denning’s Cars has proven to the whole industry that it is possible for a business to excel in the bodyshop sector, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable economic conditions.”