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APP Podcast Cover Art 300px Welcome to the Paint & Panel podcast, 'The Edge'. This podcast that is crafted for you, the collision repair shop owner or manager. It doesn't matter if you repair 10 cars or 100 cars per week, there's something in every episode to help you get 'The Edge'.

Listen to for tips, market intelligence and inspiring stories. A new episode is available on the second and last Tuesday of each month.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to The Edge: the podcast from Paint & Panel Magazine that truly gives collision-repair specialists the edge. If you’re a business owner or manager, you can’t afford to miss out on the latest industry chat. Is the new equipment on the market worthwhile for your business? What are the best practices and inspiring stories in your industry? Do you want to keep up with what your competitors and market leaders are doing? Paint & Panel will answer all of these questions and more.

 

PAP004: The secret sauce to growing your collision repair business

This week’s key takeaway:

How to grow your collision repair business

Episode intro:

We have two real industry heavyweights on the show this week. They are shining examples of how to move with the times and keep growing in this sector. First we speak to Aaron Scagliotta from Gino’s in Perth. He got involved with the family business and built it up to do 80 cars per week and $10 million annual turnover. Then we speak to Steve Davies, who started as a spray painter in 1985 and worked his way up to the very top of the game. Now Steve presides over Northside Smash Repairs in Brisbane and has a total of three panel shops and one mechanical workshop. He’s a real expert in how to streamline a multi-site business.

In this week’s episode you will learn:

  • How to develop better workflows and processes
  • How much management information to share with your staff
  • Automation tips & tricks
  • How to make tradespeople on the ground adapt to change
  • The importance of knowing your numbers
  • How to overcome the challenges of a multi-site business
  • The optimum management structure
  • The power of open communication
  • It’s never too late for business coaching

Show links:

  • This episode is sponsored by http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au Go to their website and say you came from the Paint & Panel podcast and they will give you a $1,000 voucher for business coaching!

 

PAP003: Why you should enter Paint and Panel Awards

We’ve got a jam-packed episode this week… so many industry luminaries sharing their wisdom! We’re majoring on the Paint & Panel Awards and just how important they could be to your business. Our esteemed presenter Ben Fewtrell speaks to judges, sponsors and former winners to give you the heads up for what you can expect from the awards:

  • Sam Street (Paint & Panel editor and judge in all categories)
  • Steven Brett, MD of Axalta (platinum sponsor)
  • James Frape, CEO of Compass (platinum sponsor)
  • Steve O’Brien, CEO of IBodyshop (gold sponsor)
  • Wayne Phipps from Wayne Phipps Smash Repairs (former winner)
  • Tyden Hawden from Hawden’s Precision Repairs (former winner)

In this week’s episode you will learn:

  • What you get from entering the Paint & Panel awards
  • What you need to show to impress the judges
  • Sustainability is more about just the environment - it is about longevity in the industry
  • Submitting an entry is a great reminder of the good things you’ve done in your business
  • Why Axalta, Compass and IBodyshop sponsor the event
  • What former winners got out of it

Show links:

  • The Edge is brought to you by our platinum sponsors, Axalta and Compass
  • Go to www.paintandpanel.com.au to get the entry details for the Paint & Panel Awards
  • Paint & Panel Shop Tour (March 12th, Sydney) and Next Generation Seminar for younger repairers, shop owners and managers (March 13th, Sydney). More info: www.paintandpanel.com.au/bodyshop-tour

 

PAP002: Embrace the Charge and Adapt

This week’s key takeaway:

How OEM contracts and consolidators can help your business

Episode intro:

We speak to two industry heavyweights about their journeys through the industry and what is currently giving them the edge. We get an insight into the life of an OEM repairer from Brad Kollich (the main man at Weststar Prestige Panel), and Craig McGregor from the Strategic Collision Repair Group talks about what life is like as part of a consolidating group.

In this week’s episode you will learn:

  • How Brad stabilised his business after the passing of his father
  • How to manage OEM relationships
  • The optimum size of a management structure
  • The importance of a brand presence
  • How to keep up with new trends in the industry
  • How to cut the amount of times a car moves during a job
  • The power of networking and not treating everyone as a competitor

Show links:

  • The edge is brought to you by our sponsors IBodyshop. Go to www.ibodyshop.com to sign up to a free 30-day trial
  • Paint & Panel Shop Tour (March 12th, Sydney) and Next Generation Seminar for younger repairers, shop owners and managers (March 13th, Sydney). More info: www.paintandpanel.com.au/bodyshop-tour

 

PAP001: Managing your business with iBodyshop

For our very first episode we speak to Steve O’Brien, founder of the revolutionary IBodyshop: a cloud-based estimating and management system that is empowering bodyshop businesses across Australia to be more efficient and drive more sales. Steve has been providing systems for the industry for 31 years, and nowadays has over a thousand customers across Australia and New Zealand. A whopping AUD 2.4bn of insurance claims went through IBodyshop last year.

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PAP000: Welcome to the Paint and Panel podcast The Edge