About HJ Bosch & Sons
HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters is a family owned business with a legacy dating back to 1969. Our top-quality service has established HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters as a leader in the industry and we are proud to be a preferred supplier for the all major insurance companies. We aim to restore vehicles, protect our customer’s investment, and to provide them with personalised service throughout the process.
We employ the most skilled and qualified journeyman in the area and some of our key employees have been part of our team for more than 20 years. We use the latest technology and the most advance equipment available to ensure that each vehicle is repaired to its factory specification. The quality of our workmanship meets the standards required by the insurance companies and motor manufacturers, but perhaps most importantly, the expectation of our customers.
With 50 years’ experience as a premier panel beating workshop in Gauteng, we know the ins and outs of the auto repair industry.
In addition to growing our national footprint through the business format of franchising our growth strategy includes expanding our business into rural areas where there is a shortage of insurance approved panel beaters.
As a 51% Black woman-owned enterprise HJ Bosch & Sons is a Level 2 BEE contributor. While insurers are focused on providing volume-based deals to a small number of repairers, with the promise of cost saving, the challenge for the Motor Body Repair Sector is to find synergy between its current industry models and practices and the vision and efforts of government to drive economic transformation.
Market trends and target market
While the HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters target market is insured vehicles out of warranty, with around 70% of all vehicles in South Africa being uninsured, we also service this market.
Our service offering:
- Major structural Repair
- Non-structural repair
- Minor dent and scratch repair
- Paintless dent repair
- Plastic bumper repairs
- Rim repair
- Digital assessments
- Hail damage
- Spray painting
- Towing service
Meet the team
Tiaan Bosch — Managing Director
Tiaan has been part of the HJ Bosch family business since 2000, when at age 19 he started working side-by-side with his father and co-founder of the business, Hennie Bosch. Sadly, Hennie passed away in 2011 and Tiaan stepped into the role of Managing Director determined to build on his father’s legacy. Tiaan is a visionary entrepreneur with exceptional business skills and it is his primary goal to expand the operations of HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters throughout southern Africa and Africa.
Yvette Jonker — Director
As the Director responsible for administration Yvette oversees the smoothing running or the HJ Bosch Head Office. Yvette enhanced her natural flair for business by completing a Business Administration National Diploma, obtained from Technikon Pretoria in 1997. She joined HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters in 1999 and together with her brother took over the family business in 2012. They have since developed and implemented quality accredited training programmes, aiming to create opportunities for students to gain work experience by integrating them in a real-life work learning methodology.
All merSETA and Human Resource responsibilities are executed by Yvette; she manages the recruiting and training of staff to develop them to their fullest potential. Although Yvette is responsible for all general administration, customer service, HR, business expansions, manufacturer approval programmes, skills- and enterprise development, she also makes time for community donation and fundraising projects.
Our franchise offer
Whether you want to open a new store or convert your existing store, we offer a full turnkey franchise opportunity to help make your dream a reality. Franchising affords franchisees the opportunity to retain their independence and express their individuality and independence while enjoying the support of a group of like-minded individuals.
While franchisees will initially be limited to repairing out of warranty vehicles, once they have been accredited on the various automotive brand panels, have developed the necessary skills and have acquired all the necessary tools prescribed by each brand they will also be able to take on in warranty vehicles. This will require additional investment from the franchisee but is not a requirement for the initial setup of the franchise.
For existing panel beater shops, joining our network is an opportunity to preserve what they have built and to strengthen it by locking arms with one of the best and most well-respected names in the industry while also benefiting from the buying power of the group.
Franchisee’s benefit from the group’s buying power and our relationships with accredited suppliers. Rebates on the network’s collective purchases from our accredited suppliers used to fund our regional and national marketing campaigns aimed at increasing our brand exposure.
Our franchise model embraces a culture of continuous learning that includes supervised in-service training for all employees and training of apprentices in conjunction with merSETA.
Average store turnover per store is around R12-million per annum.
The consideration of an application for funding by an individual to a financial institution, whether it is a commercial bank or a development funding institution, always pivots around two principles:
The profile of the applicant candidate with reference to financial position and the way in which an individual conducted his or her personal financial affairs. In certain cases, prior experience in the industry in which the franchise brand operates will be required, e.g. the restaurant and hospitality industries. The funder will also assess the current lifestyle of the applicant in order to determine if the size and profitability of the new business suits the applicant and if expectations could be met.
The parameters of the actual opportunity available, whether it’s a new or existing business. The business case for the repayment of a loan is always dependent on the numbers, which is a function of location, projected sales, overheads, etc.
It is therefore not possible for a funding application to be processed unless all the details of the applicant, as well as the details of a business’ plan, demonstrating that the business will be able to repay its debt, are available. The initial step will always remain an application to the franchise brand in order to introduce a candidate, after which specific opportunities would be communicated to be followed by an application for funding.
HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters will certainly be able to refer successful applicants to suitable funders once an application has been approved by the franchisor, but every funder will also have its own application and approval process.
What could be stated is that once a prospective franchisee has completed the online 6-step application process below, the same application will be submitted to the funder, i.e. no additional forms will be required.
The following are descriptions and criteria to distinguish if you match the profile of the type of franchisee we are looking to grow our franchise
network along with:
- Business Background
- Administratively strong
- No technical background needed
- HR management
- Communication Skills – customers and insurance
- Clear credit and criminal record
- Systems oriented
- Computer literate
- Prepared to be an owner-operator – ideally not have other employment or other business interests (at Franchisor discretion)
In line with HJ Bosch & Sons commitment to Employment Equity, preference will be given to historically disadvantaged applicants
Our comprehensive training ensures that franchises are able to deliver the level of service and standard of workmanship customers have come to expect from HJ Bosch & Sons.
The automotive industry is constantly changing and presenting us with new challenges. We consider education and training an important aspect of our franchise offering and likewise staying at the forefront of development in this ever-evolving industry should be important to our franchisees.
All franchisees must become a MerSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority) training provider. The facilitation of the training process by MerSETA includes the paying of discretionary grants which will enable the franchisee to train. We will assist with the discretionary grant application process as well as offering guidance and assistance with the recruitment of apprentices, submission of the Workplace Skills plan and Annual Training Report to MerSETA. In addition, franchisees will benefit greatly from our established relationships with insurance companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). We also provide guidance with regard to site selection and lease negotiations.
Finding the right location creates market potential and our outstanding business model actualizes the potential. An HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters outlet typically occupy between 1,500m² and 2,000m² of which approximately 1,500m² must be under roof in an industrial and preferably rural area. The site must have 3 phase electricity, excellent road access, great visibility, sufficient passing traffic and the right demographics.
Franchisees are required to pay a monthly royalty fee of the turnover and rebates on the network’s collective purchases from accredited suppliers will be invested into regional and national marketing
The unencumbered cash contribution required should be a minimum of 50% of the total cost. This will be negotiated with the relevant financial institution