“We have a future with Barloworld.”
Initially sceptical when invited to Barloworld’s recent supplier development workshop, Peter Luyt says he’s glad that he attended.
“Today’s workshop was amazingly informative” reveals Luyt, a director of Cape Peninsula Panel Beaters (CCP). “I was really surprised by how much I got out of the event.”
Of particular note, he says, was the depth of Barloworld’s commitment to small businesses – especially emerging enterprises.
“As a black-owned company panel shop, we’ve faced serious challenges in getting procurement opportunities within major companies” Luyt reveals. “We’ve knocked on many doors that seem to remain permanently closed.”
“Today’s workshop helped me better understand how we can push some of those doors open.”
Luyt laments what he perceives to be the slow pace of transformation within the automotive industry. For far too many black-owned auto-body repair companies, he says, gaining access to significant corporate contracts remains a tough task.
Barloworld’s supplier workshop, hosted by the Automotive Division, has brought new perspective to Luyt’s vision.
“As a businessperson, I’ve been really encouraged by what I’ve seen and heard today” he enthuses. “I’m leaving with a stronger sense of hope in our company’s future with Barloworld.”
Founded in 2005, Cape Peninsula Panel Beaters is a family-owned enterprise based in Parow, Western Cape. With a staff complement of 25 full-time staff members, the company provides an extensive range of structural repair services, including spray painting, chassis-straightening and dent removal among others.
Clients include Absa, Hollard Insurance, Santam, Zurich and Alexander Forbes.
Within the Barloworld group, CPP currently provides services to Avis Fleet and Avis Budget. Luyt wants to see this number grow.
“Moving forward, we want to make sure that we expand our client base within Barloworld” he asserts.
“However, based on what I’ve heard today, I won’t be happy just having more clients within Barloworld.”
“I want more partnerships.”