Revive! managing director Mark Llewellyn is celebrating 20 years of making Rugby’s cars look their best.
The former semi-professional rugby player set up his first repair business in Rugby working out of a Peugeot van with a mis-match of equipment adapted from other industries to carry out the ‘new-fangled’ technique.
Then he was using air brushes from the world of graphic design, weighing scales from laboratories and adapted bodyshop equipment, because the method was too niche for manufacturers to create the bespoke solutions that are available to professional repairers today.
The business was part of a Canadian company but Mark led a management buy-out ten years ago when his bank manager Terry Mullen left the world of banking to be part of Revive! UK.
Mark said: “The years have gone by very quickly and it’s hard to believe it is now 20 years ago.
“The industry has come a long way in that time. The most important difference is the specialist equipment that is now made especially for cosmetic smart repair because manufacturers now recognise what a huge and thriving industry this has become.
It’s is now far more professional – Revive! has worked with like minded organisations to drive up standards and introduce new qualifications.”
He says cosmetic smart repair is now a very established and respected method of repairing minor damage to car bodywork and alloy wheels.”
Terry added: “It was a big step for me to leave the security of the bank to help set up Revive! – but as the businesses bank manager I could see how well they were doing and was impressed with Mark’s drive and determination. Since then I haven’t looked back and am proud to be part of the development of this great company.”
Today Revive! has the largest UK network of accredited repairs with over a 100 technicians on the road. It employs 28 people at its two offices in Rugby and has its own approved training academy. Its head office is in Bilton Road.
As the preferred supplier of smart repairs to major car dealerships and fleet operators, Revive!’s customers include Fiat and Mercedes.