Community-driven garage management software developer Garage Hive has confirmed an exciting speaker line-up for The Blend 2022.

The single day conference will begin with the keynote address, before delegates can choose between three sets of three alternative sessions either side of a lunch break.

Founding speakers Jennifer Hooper of HR Vitals, David Massey of ADS Automotive and John Batten of Auto IQ are all back by popular demand.

Expert technologist Simon Gurney from official event partners Castrol will explain the opportunities around oil selection whilst Gavin White CEO of Autotech Group will look at issues impacting technician recruitment and training.

The common thread from all the industry speakers will be exploring ways garage owners or managers can run their business more productively using the right systems.

The extended roster of industry speakers also feature author and garage owner Hayley Pells, Mark Webb of Garage Vitals and Kris Gordon of Mental Health Coffee Club.

Sessions explaining and making best use of software features will be delivered by Garage Hive team members including Alex Lindley, Rhys Hill and Tom Langridge.

More details on the speakers and topics can be found at

Despite The Blend being Garage Hive’s most ambitious event yet, it will run over one day only on 17th September at The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham’s newest conference venue.

“We’re packing in a wealth of genuinely useful information for garages, with the aim being to offer ideas or strategies they can take away and apply to make their business lives easier,” said Ray. “We’re delighted with the range and expertise of the speakers who have agreed to support The Blend this year so are looking forward to an exciting event.”

An evening meal and entertainment will follow. For maximum convenience visitors can book hotel rooms from the site at Aloft Birmingham Eastside which is connected to the venue.

All independent garages are welcome to attend. You can order tickets at