Meeting Kubeshnie Naidu

Meeting Kubeshnie Naidu
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Kubeshnie Naidu from Star Centre joins us for a short Q&A to share her story and her thoughts on the challenges of working in the vibrant MBR sector, on being a woman in the industry, and looking to the future.

Hi Kubeshnie, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, my name is Kubeshnie Naidu,  I am a 48-year-old mother of two amazing children and the owner-director of the STAR Centre Group of Motor Body Repairs.

How did you get into motor body repair, originally?

In 2004,  after the untimely death of my husband,  I started as a debtor clerk in the family business.

And, how did your career path develop after that?

I went on to purchase the family business and in 2006 STAR Centre East London was incorporated as a major structural autobody repair centre.  Together with my management team, we have been approved by twelve Manufacturer approvals including the prestigious Mercedes Benz South Africa

In 2014, together with my business partner, we purchased STAR Centre Elliot and in 2018, we started our third branch, STAR Centre George.

Educate yourself! Be knowledgeable in all aspects of your business and understand the repair process. Understand your clients’ needs and be able to walk into a room with confidence to get that seat at the table.

What has been your experience of working in MBR?

I have been in the industry for 17 years and being a woman of colour in a predominantly male-dominated industry has come with a fair set of challenges by the various sectors of the Motor Body Repair Industry.

Coming from a medical background, I have likened the Autobody Repair Process as being surgical and precise, there are set standards and quality that should not be compromised in order to uphold the integrity of the repair process.

Can you share some advice to women wanting to enter MBR in the future?

Educate yourself! Be knowledgeable in all aspects of your business and understand the repair process. Understand your clients’ needs and be able to walk into a room with confidence to get that seat at the table.

Thanks to Kubeshnie and all the inspiring women in our industry who have contributed to this Women’s Month!

If you haven’t completed the Women In MBR Survey head to the survey page now to let us know your thoughts on the industry. Complete the Survey before midnight 31st August – https://buff.ly/3yNWTk6

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