MCB Manco is the franchisor of the HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters brand of specialist panel shops. HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters originated as 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.
At HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters we know that your vehicle is one of your biggest purchases and therefor aims to protect our customer's investment, through the use of latest technology and the most advance equipment available to ensure that each vehicle is repaired to its factory specification. We know a vehicle accident is not a pleasant experience and therefor aim to offer personalised service throughout the process, keeping you informed every step of the way.
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, professional panel beaters providing quality service.
With more than 50 years' experience as a premier panel beating workshop in Gauteng, we are now offering our extensive knowledge and experience to franchisees joining our team. Franchisees can rely on the experienced team of HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters to help you grow your repair shop, providing training, mentoring and technical support to ensure that your business become a success and subscribe to the same values and technical excellence for which our brand has become known.
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. We fully subscribe to the transformation aims within the industry and wish to be instrumental in uplifting promising candidates within the industry.
Business Development Manager
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. As of 2020 he joined MCB Manco as Business Development Manager. 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. He is a Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer with expertise in networking, web design, servers and open drive data recovery.
Franchisee Liason Administrator
Yvette joined MCB Manco in 2020 as Franchisee Liason Administrator and oversees the smoothing running of the HJ Bosch and Sons Group. 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 2011. 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of experience to the franchise group through his 25 years being involved with multinationals right through to SMMEs in the motor- and agricultural supply chain industry. Peter is passionate about being a partner and go-to guy to assist businesses achieving their true potential.
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.
Products and Services
Our business philosophy prioritises our commitment to assisting our customers. Using the Audatex computerised quotation system that accurately estimates prices allows us to meet reasonable quotation standards and also ensures that the labour and parts supplied are in line with Automotive Body Repair Industry standards.
Our service offering:
Major structural Repair
Minor dent and scratch repair
Paintless dent repair
Plastic bumper repairs
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.
Become a Franchisee
While franchisees do not require automotive repair experience to be successful as an HJ Bosch & Sons franchisee, a desire to ensure that customers receive the best and most professional service will stand them in good stead. Preference will be given to owner-operator franchisees with a background in business management and franchisees will benefit from a system- and detail-oriented approach and strong admin skills.
In line with HJ Bosch & Sons commitment to Employment Equity, preference will be given to historically disadvantaged applicants.
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.
Should you wish to proceed with the application process, you will be required to register online and navigate your way through a 6-step application process. Only after completing the application process will the franchisor provide you with a detailed Disclosure Document as required by the Consumer Protection Act.
The 6-step application process is designed with three objectives:
To allow the prospective candidate an opportunity to disclose and communicate all the personal information required by the franchisor and the funder to take a view on how well-suited you are for assuming the role of franchisee.
As intimidating or time consuming as the application process may seem, it exposes you to a fraction of the level of resilience required to ultimately own and manage your own franchised business.
Successful franchisees comply with the rules and procedures of the business system. Completing the five steps of the application process can be deemed your introduction to adhering to the HJ Bosch & Sons Panel Beaters business system.
While the application process is not intended to discourage prospective franchisees or to create barriers to entry, the process by its very nature will serve as an early deterring mechanism for candidates who should not be pursuing business ownership. The truth is that the challenges a franchisee will face in their own business is significantly more complicated and daunting than the application process. If you are intimidated by the 6-step process running a business will likely be more challenging than you are anticipating, essentially putting yourself, the franchisor, the funder, the landlord and your future staff at risk.
From a cost perspective the charges relating to the entrepreneurial assessment, application review and credit profile verifications are insignificant when measured against the cost of buying a franchise, and it could be the best money you ever spent should the outcome confirm that you should not venture into business or that you would not be able to attract funding.
Frequently asked questions
What is franchising?
Franchising is defined as an arrangement where one party (the franchiser) grants another party (the franchisee) the right to use its trademark and/or trade name as well as certain business systems and processes, to produce and market goods or service according to certain specifications. The franchisee usually pays a one-time franchise fee as well as a percentage of turnover as royalty or management services fee. For this the franchisee gains immediate name recognition, tried and tested products, standard building design and décor, detailed techniques for running and promoting the business, training of employees, and ongoing assistance in promoting and upgrading of the products.
Am I suited to franchising?
While franchises are growing in popularity, the sad reality is that many people enter into franchise agreements thinking it’s a fool-proof plan for success, but the fact is that franchises still fail. The very essence of a franchise is consistency. If you’re not happy to follow someone else’s blueprint, you may be better suited to a different type of venture.
How do I evaluate a franchise opportunity?
FASA has issued a publication entitled How to Evaluate a Franchise and franchisees are encouraged to refer to this publication. FASA will also assist a potential franchisee in evaluating a franchise opportunity.
How data-hungry is the application process?
The bandwidth required to complete the application, excluding the uploading of source documents, is less than that of a single high-resolution photograph.