20 March 2023

Meet Michael, the Manager at Lloyd Bodyshop Kelso

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Everyone meet Michael Hutchinson, Manager at Lloyd Bodyshop, Kelso.

Michael started in the industry as a panel technician apprentice over 40 years ago and has been the Bodyshop Manager at Lloyd Bodyshop, Kelso since 2019.

We had a catch up with Michael to find out what he loves most about his job and what advice he would give someone looking to start their career in the motor industry!

Tell us a bit about your career development?

I started in the motor trade over 41 years ago now and actually started out as a panel technician apprentice. After 15 years in the workshop I moved over to become a vehicle damage assessor. Since joining the Kelso site 21 years ago, I have progressed within the Lloyd Group, becoming Assistant Bodyshop manger for a short spell and before taking over as Bodyshop Manager in April 2019.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My favourite thing about my job is seeing the development of the young apprentices starting out their journey in the trade the same way I did and helping them developing their skills and personalities. I couldn’t be prouder of the team that I have, they make my job that little bit easier!

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their career in the motor industry? 

My advice for anyone coming into the motor trade is that you need to be willing to learn, take advice from those around you and learn from your mistakes.

We gave Michael a few quick-fire questions so that you can get to know him a little bit better;

Q: If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
A: Newcastle striker Callum Wilson

Q: If you had to eat the same meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Curry

Q: What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
A: Canada

Q: If you could have a conversation with one person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
A: This would need to be two, my Mum & Dad 

Q: Favourite sports team?
A: Newcastle United

Q: Favourite snack?
A: Crisps 

Q: What’s one item you can’t leave the house without?
A: My Vape

Q: What shows are you binging at the moment?
A: Yellowstone & 1823

Q: What is your ideal weekend?
A: A morning of fishing, watching Newcastle United on the tele in the afternoon and a good curry in the evening. Also spending time with my family which includes my two dogs Millie and Monty.


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