Ged Lynch-Smith CEO
After leaving school at 16, Ged completed an apprenticeship as a paint sprayer with a Ford main dealer. Keen to further his skill set, he left Fords to qualify as a sprayer and panel beater with Vauxhall. In his spare time, Ged pursued his interest in prestige and performance motor vehicle restoration and repair focussing on E-Type Jaguars and other similar marques. After building up an impressive portfolio and still only 22 years old, Ged decided to take the plunge and opened his first premises specialising in repairing and modifying prestige and performance cars.
In 1983 the business had already grown out of the current premises and after pursuing several options he decided to take up an offer to enter in to a partnership with an existing company with larger premises. In 1987 after a further period of growth, Ged was now in a position to buy out his partner and take sole responsibility for the company. Rebranding from Lloyds to Lloyds Autobody, Ged then set about achieving his dream of gaining approvals from the leading manufacturers. In 1987, Lloyds received their first approval from SAAB quickly followed by Porsche then Mercedes. Once again Ged soon realised that he was outgrowing his current premises so set about locating a plot and designing and building the current site in Liverpool which opened for business in 1995.
In 1998, Lloyds Autobody achieved Porsche's Body Shop of the Year award, and in 1999 Ged achieved a fellowship in IMI for commitment to quality and service to the motor trade. Following on from the success of the award in 1998, Porsche requested that Lloyds opened a branch in Manchester to serve its customer base in that area. In 2000, Lloyds Autobody Manchester opened its doors for business and since then has secured manufacturer approvals for several other prestige and performance car manufacturers including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Tesla, McLaren, Aston Martin and Ferrari.
Ged is a man that leads by example, he has a remarkable ability to see potential in people, identify and develop their skills, and lead them to achieve their highest possible standards of workmanship.
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