Cranbourne Body Works
Cranbourne Body Works celebrates 30 years in Business this month, with Kevin Slattery, continuing to own and manage the business. CBW has evolved from a one man business to now a key player in the Collision Repair Industry. The secret of their success is
simple, team work.
Kevin is a visionary dreamer. He is incredibly passionate about tomorrow’s technology and keeping abreast of state of the art equipment and techniques. Kevin is a regular face at industry seminars/training events and regularly challenges and questions the industry’s
status quo. His big picture focus has armed CBW with a clear path forward into the unknown.
Over the past 30 years, the automotive repair & insurance industry has undergone rapid change. Kevin has driven his business through all the highs and lows and has come out the other side with an award winning, highly respected and corporate repair centre, clearly making its mark in the industry. With long standing employees and dedicated
support staff, Cranbourne is incredibly fortunate to have built an all-inclusive team culture
Announced last month as a Holden Certified Collision Repairer, CBW is also the preferred repairer to a varied group of insurers and has a long list of highly loyal and local clientele. Supporting the local community with various sponsorships, CBW is also
incredibly passionate about youth engagement and employment opportunities. Having presented in various career forums, CBW is leading the way with removing the old panel shop ‘stigma’ and attracting tomorrow’s future talent into our workshops. CBW conducts workshop tours for
busloads of school kids, hoping to engage them in our world of cars and positively reinforce the various career paths in our industry.
Focussed on protecting and caring for our environment, CBW is Green Stamp Environmentally Accredited and has nominated an environmental leader in their workshop to keep the business on track. Keeping the business up to date with regards to environmental policies and techniques is imperative and all staff are keen
to be part of this.
Working closely with PPG, CBW is also continually sustaining and evolving 5S’s, a workplace organisational method that helps eliminate waste, streamlines production and optimizes efficiencies. This is a massive undertaking currently and one that we are very passionate to see through.
Having the right tools in the right place, the correct methods and standards, and a motivated workforce, means we will have a far more efficient and less wasteful working environment where there is no slippage. It also allows us to continue to challenge
what we do and make improvements through the constant involvement of all our staff.
Kevin has been a proud member of Capricorn since 2001 and we at Capricorn congratulate him on his recent achievements and wish the team at Cranbourne all the best for the future!
I first met Brenton and Meredith at a Collision Repair Specialists forum meeting in Melbourne and then at almost every industry facing event thereafter. It was apparent that they both were very serious in improving their business and Brenton is well respected for his knowledge and vision for his business and the industry at large. Fleurieu Crash was also the first repairer to be accredited under the current AMBRA grading system.
Darryl Alvis, our Capricorn Area Manager caught up Brenton, Meredith and Ben following their latest achievements and submitted this article for us.
“Brenton and his wife Meredith own and run Fleurieu Crash Repairs and have always been locals to Victor Harbor. Brenton completed his apprenticeship as a panel beater within a business that his father was a partner of. Since then he has continued learning and completed colour matching qualifications post trade.
Brenton has also achieved many other levels of qualification and goes by the philosophy of ‘you never stop learning until the day you die.’
33 years ago, Brenton started his own business from scratch, after buying some equipment from a local closed down crash shop. He began to grow the business from there and had his first apprentice onboard within three months of opening the doors. Brenton has lost count of how many apprentices he has trained since then and has employed more than one a year.
Fleurieu Crash Repairs has been able to retain a solid team by mentoring staff to support them to achieve their best. This was acknowledged recently at the Paint & Panel Bodyshop Awards held in Melbourne when Brenton won several awards including the ‘Outstanding Mentor Award’ sponsored by Capital SMART and the business won the ‘Axalta Sustainability Award’.
Investing in staff training has included Brenton’s son Ben Abbott, who completed a school-based apprenticeship as a panel beater within the family business. Since then Ben has worked his way through various roles which now include being a director of the company, office management and assessing and quoting jobs.
In March 1993 he became a Capricorn member where he joined at the South Australian Panel Industry launch, held by Capricorn in Adelaide. Brenton and Meredith look forward to attending the Capricorn Gala dinner each year where they will be joined this year by their son Ben and his partner Aleishia. They describe Capricorn as being an integral part of their business which they are extremely glad they joined all those years ago.
Brenton and Meredith describe some great benefits of Capricorn as including easy access to suppliers, particularly the automotive recyclers, financial rewards for being a member and the personalised nature of Capricorn Travel. The first Capricorn convention they attended was in the Maldives. It was such a positive experience that they have been hooked ever since. They have attended at least 5 conventions and have made some lifelong friends all over the automotive industry.
They continue to attend as many events and training opportunities in the Automotive industry as possible. A key to their business success is Investing in training and keeping up to date with modern vehicle repair procedures and the equipment required.
Fleurieu Crash Repairs is setting the standard in environmental sustainability and has achieved the MTA green stamp level 3. The business switched to using water-based paint five years ago and since then Brenton and Meredith have invested in a large kilowatt solar system. They continue to look at ways to reduce the environmental impact of their business.
Community involvement continues to be a focus for them. Brenton is a member of the local Rotary Club while Meredith engages in a range of community volunteer work and supports community projects to raise money for local schools. One of their business initiatives includes a knitting basket in the waiting room, where customers are encouraged to knit squares, which are sewn together to make blankets for those less fortunate.
Fleurieu Crash Repairs continues to be recognised as a business of excellence. In October 2018 it won two local Business Victor Harbor awards for ‘Most Outstanding Business of the year’ and ‘Best Trades and Industry Business’.
Brenton and Meredith see a positive future for the collision repair industry. They predict it will include shop consolidation with only the shops prepared to commit to investing in staff, technology and infrastructure being able to grow and prosper. They will continue learning, growing and supporting their local community with Capricorn being a partner in their ongoing success.