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IGA 22/03/2022



The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is delighted to announce that TV personality Mark Durden-Smith will be hosting the British Independent Garage of the Year Awards 2022 (BIG Awards), while actor and comedian Hugh Dennis will be entertaining guests after the ceremony with an after dinner speech.


The awards ceremony is taking place on Friday 19 August at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre alongside The British Motor Show 2022 to bring high-profile recognition to the independent garage sector.


Mark Durden-Smith is renowned for presenting Sky Sport’s BAFTA Award winning rugby coverage along with numerous sports presenting roles. Away from sport, Mark has fronted programmes including This Morning and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now.


Hugh Dennis is an actor, comedian and writer, best known for Outnumbered, Not Going Out, Mock the Week and Radio 4's award winning comedy The Now Show. His TV work includes a plethora of programmes including the hit BBC shows Fleabag and Have I Got News For You.


Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “It is a privilege to host an evening that will bring the sector together after the tough times we have all been through and to celebrate the key work that independent garages have undertaken to help keep the country mobile.


“Along with announcing the winners of the highly sought-after awards, this long-awaited Great British themed event will be filled with entertainment, laughter, dining and dancing for an unforgettable night recognising the great talent in our sector.”


Tickets to The BIG Awards cost £75 + VAT per person, which includes a drinks reception, three course meal and a 4-day family ticket to The British Motor Show 2022. Book online at or via telephone on 01788 225 908.


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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.