A FORMER Anglesey headteacher has been shortlisted for a coveted award – not for his work in the classroom, but for repairing damaged vehicles.
Eifion Watkins has been nominated for honours at the prestigious Wales StartUp Awards in the category of B2C Services StartUp, for his excellent work as a franchisee of SMART vehicle repair specialists, Revive.
The awards ceremony, which takes place at DEPOT in Cardiff on Thursday, June 30, aims to celebrate the achievements of those who have had a great idea, spotted an opportunity, or taken a risk to launch a product or service.
Eifion said: “I am thrilled to have been nominated for such a reputable award alongside such forward-thinking and entrepreneurial people.
“After over three decades working in education, including 20 years as a headteacher and schools’ inspector, I felt it was time for me to adopt the role of a student and learn some new skills in a completely new field.
“I have always had a love for cars so Revive presented a perfect opportunity for me to do this, and I would like to think my nomination for this wonderful award is testament to the hard work my team and I have done over the past year to deliver the very best for our customers.”
Eifion launched Revive! Gogledd Cymru in late 2019 with one van and one accredited technician.
He has since grown his team to two vans and two technicians but has no intention of stopping there, with plans to increase his fleet to four vans within the next two years to cover the entirety of his area as demand for his team’s services continues to surge.
Revive managing director of sales and marketing, Mark Llewellyn, added: “We have built a reputation for delivering extremely high standards, both in terms of quality and level of service we provide to all our customers.
“It is clear that Eifion embodies these characteristics, and we would like to congratulate him for his nomination as well as wish him all the best on June 30.”
To find out more about becoming a Revive franchisee, visit: www.revivefranchise.com.