5th June 2023

Revive! Northampton shortlisted for Small Business of the Year

The SME Northamptonshire Business Awards have recognised Revive! Northampton and their success in the highly competitive Small Business of the Year category, with the winner set to be announced at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel on 15 June.

A win at the prestigious awards ceremony would validate another standout year for the business, which operates in and around Northampton, Wellingborough and Rushden.


From paint tech to franchise owner

Franchise owner Iain Wallis, or just “Wal” for short, started his career with Revive! in 2006 as a paint technician after his rugby teammate Mark Llewellyn, the managing director and founder of the Revive!, convinced him to join.

At the time, motorists in the Northampton area had one choice when trying to get their car repaired – take it to a bodyshop. Revive! offer something different by visiting a customer’s home or workplace, using state-of-the-art SMART (small-to-medium-area-repair-technique) processes to fix scuffs and scrapes in a matter of hours, not days.

Wal tackled the challenge head-on, and in 2017 after a decade-long career at Revive! which saw him rise to the rank of technical trainer, he had the opportunity to take over the Revive! Northampton franchise.


Year-on-year growth

In the ensuing six years, Wal has taken the business from strength-to-strength, as he and his team of eight technicians have registered consecutive record sales, including yearly revenue increases of up to 75 per cent.

A big part of Revive! Northampton’s success is in the commitment to customer service displayed by everyone in the organisation, and Revive! Northampton is no exception with over 400 5-star Trustpilot reviews and a 4.9 / 5 rating.

Revive! Northampton is set to move into a 2,500 square foot Rapid Repair Centre in June, enabling the business to expand its service offering to include larger car bodywork repairs.

Wal commented: “I am incredibly proud of what we have built and the hard work put in by my team. We look forward to continuing to help the people of Northampton take care of their pride and joy for years to come.”

Damian Cummins, awards director at SME National Business Awards, added: “It is a great achievement to have reached the finals in the Business of the Year category. This is our most popular category for entries, so reaching the finals is no easy feat and definitely something to be proud of.”

You can find out more about the Northamptonshire SME Business Awards on their website.

To learn more about Revive! Northampton, click here.

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