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  • Published on: April 23, 2015

    Leading recruitment franchise, Driver Hire, is one of eight finalists in the prestigious 2015 bfa and HSBC ‘Franchisor of the Year’ awards. A winner in 2006 and 2012, Driver Hire has been a finalist in nine out of the last ten years. Commenting on the nominations, Andy Brattesani, UK head of franchising for HSBC, said: “Thanks to the calibre of entries, we’ve arrived at a...

  • Published on: March 30, 2015

    Two Driver Hire franchisees are completing an outstanding 2014/15. Increased demand for their specialist recruitment services has helped Driver Hire Enfield and Driver Hire Aberdeen pass £3m turnover for the first time in their trading history. Aberdeen, where Grant Wilson is the owner, is also marking its 20th year in business. A new all-time turnover record is a great way to do it....

  • Published on: March 30, 2015

    Driver Hire’s Group Marketing Director Richard Owen-Hughes Driver Hire was a finalist in the 2015 ‘Franchise Marketing Awards’. The winners were announced at the recent British & International Franchise Exhibition at Olympia in London. Now in their tenth year, the Franchise Marketing Awards (FMAs) recognise the industry's most innovative and effective marketing...

  • Published on: December 4, 2014

    Last Christmas was a record for online sales – up 19% on 2012. And Christmas 2014 is all set to be even bigger. Research by RetailMeNot and the Centre for Retail Research is predicting that the average shopper will spend more than £1,000 online during the course of this year – a large proportion of which may well take place in December. All of which is great news for Ed Pockney...

  • Published on: November 18, 2014

    Driver Hire franchisees are playing their part in Road Safety Week which, this year, takes place from 17th-23rd November. The theme for 2014 is looking ‘looking out for each other’ and encourages drivers to take a bit of extra care and look out for more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. “According to road safety charity, Brake, ‘Sorry...

  • Published on: September 8, 2014

    Franchisees from Driver Hire Newcastle joined forces with offices in Darlington and Teesside to ensure that they had a strong presence at this year’s Barnard Castle Truck Show. The show is the north-east’s celebration of trucks and trucking and regularly attracts a large audience from people within the road transport industry and heavy goods vehicle aficionados. Driver Hire’s...

  • Published on: August 27, 2014

    A charity fund-raising day organised by Driver Hire franchisees has helped raise £3,600 for two excellent charities: ‘Macmillan Cancer’ and ‘Walking with the Wounded’. All part of Driver Hire’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations, which have continued throughout this year, the Driver Hire network donated £1 for every shift they provided for their customers...

  • Published on: August 11, 2014

    Franchisees at Driver Hire, the leading specialist recruitment company are celebrating. Thanks to their combined efforts the company has just had its best ever trading week in its thirty year history. Strong demand for its temporary drivers and other logistics staff right across its nationwide network saw the company’s turnover for the week climb to £2m. The previous best – which...

  • Published on: August 4, 2014

    Driver Hire, the transport and logistics recruitment franchisor, has got away to a flying start in the first quarter of its new financial year. Its outstanding performance follows what proved to be a record year in 2013/14. At the end of June, after 13 weeks’ trading, over a quarter of its offices are 50% ahead of same time last year. Its network as a whole is 25% ahead. According to...

  • Published on: July 2, 2014

    “Sweet!” That was Neil McCarthy’s reaction when he heard he’d won a hamper full of traditional confectionery, courtesy of leading franchisor, Driver Hire. Neil, is a transport manager for Preston based-builders’ merchants, C & W Berry Ltd, who are customers of Driver Hire Preston. He was one of five customers from around the Driver Hire network enjoying a whole...

  • Published on: April 30, 2014

    Leading franchisor, Driver Hire, will be one of over 200 exhibitors at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show (Tues 29th – Thursday 1st May). Along with further raising its industry profile, Driver Hire will be promoting a number of its added value products and services, all of which benefits its franchisees across the UK. These include ‘dh Licence Check’ and...

  • Published on: April 9, 2014

    It’s been an excellent year for Driver Hire and its franchisees. Another strong set of weekly turnover figures for the final week in March completed an outstanding twelve months. All of which helped Driver Hire to smash their previous best (set in 2007/08) by over a £1m. John Andrews, (left) celebrates Driver Hire’s record year with Chief Executive, Chris Chidley Overall...

  • Published on: March 10, 2014

    Already celebrating its thirtieth year in business, leading franchisor, Driver Hire, now has another reason to celebrate. It’s one of nine finalists in the , ‘Best Temporary Recruitment Agency’ category, of the ‘Recruiter’ magazine ‘Awards for Excellence’. The judges were looking for agencies who, as well as providing great client service, add...

  • Published on: February 24, 2014

    Ivan Carter is the new owner of Driver Hire Southampton. He’s bought the business from long-standing franchisee, Greg Walter, who has owned and operated the office for the past 20 years. Ivan, who lives in Basingstoke, previously worked in IT for Reading-based business, Black Box Network Services.  Driver Hire is the UK’s largest specialist supplier of staff to the transport...

  • Published on: February 3, 2014

    Leading recruitment franchisor, Driver Hire, marked the achievements of its top performing franchisees at its recent Winter Conference, held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The top award for ‘Franchise of the Year’ went to Paul and Shirley McKenna. Paul and Shirley have worked at Driver Hire’s Leicester office for the past 19 years, buying it from their boss in 2005. Since then...

  • Published on: January 20, 2014

    Amanda Jeffries is the new owner of Driver Hire’s Wisbech and the Fens franchise. Amanda, who lives locally, is certainly no stranger to Driver Hire. Apart from a short break, she’s been working for Driver Hire’s nationwide network since 1997 at a number of offices including Peterborough, Chester, Wakefield, Newport and, most recently, for the previous franchisee at...

  • Published on: January 8, 2014

    Franchisees at Driver Hire, the specialist transport and logistics recruitment company, ended 2013 with a real flourish. Bumper trading resulted in their 100-office nationwide network achieving four all-time record weeks during December. Its record breaking performance was boosted by online shopping and demand from major national businesses all of whom needed the flexibility of agency staff to...

  • Published on: December 19, 2013

    Driver Hire franchisee, Gary Riches, owner of the leading transport and logistics recruiter’s Colchester office, has won the ‘New Franchisee’ category in this year’s ‘Startups awards’. Now into their tenth year, the ‘Startups awards’ are run by Startups.co.uk, an online platform for people new to the world of self employment. The awards recognise...

  • Published on: November 30, 2013

    The Driver Hire Group, the LDC-backed parent company of Driver Hire Group Services Limited, has acquired Infra Safety Services Labour Ltd (‘ISS Labour’), a specialist provider of professional and labour services, minor works projects, track lighting and safety barrier solutions to the rail industry. The transaction will create an £85m to £90m turnover Group, based on...

  • Published on: November 20, 2013

    Despite massive increases in traffic over the last few decades, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK has one of the best road safety records in the world. The number of people killed on our roads has fallen from 5,500 in the mid-1980s to 1,754 in 2012. This is a significant reduction and, undoubtedly, good news. But behind those impressive figures lies...

  • Published on: November 5, 2013

    Gary Riches, Driver Hire’s franchisee at Colchester is celebrating a brilliant first year in business. Since buying his franchise in late 2012, he’s gone from strength to strength. Colchester was an already successful franchise when he took it over. Since then Gary and his team have more than doubled its turnover compared to same time last year. Their efforts have already been...

  • Published on: October 21, 2013

    Franchisees at specialist transport and logistics recruiter, Driver Hire, are clearly benefiting from the improved economic outlook. After 26 weeks’ trading, over a quarter of its offices have already passed the half million turnover mark and two offices are past a million. August and September delivered a blistering performance, with average weekly turnover just short of 25% ahead of same...

  • Published on: October 16, 2013

    Buying a greenfield franchise is, perhaps, a bit more of a leap of faith than buying a re-sale. Of course all the advantages of franchising still apply. These include: a successful business model, full business support and back-up from the franchisor as well as strong business branding. The big difference is that you’re building a business from scratch. Of course, your franchisor will have...

  • Published on: September 26, 2013

    Husband and wife, Andrew and Debbie Wilkinson are already a highly successful business team. And now they’re the new owners of a recruitment business; Driver Hire Hull. Driver Hire, which is a franchise, mainly provides temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sector. If they’re short of staff –...

  • Published on: September 19, 2013

    Driver Hire franchisee, Jim Richards, and the team at his Birmingham office have won a national award.  The business has beaten off the challenge of Driver Hire’s nationwide recruitment network to claim the company’s coveted ‘Office of the Month’ prize. “Jim Richards and his Birmingham team: Carolyn, Tee, Jordan & Gareth have been on great form over the...

  • Published on: August 30, 2013

    Driver Hire, the leading logistics recruiter and franchise business, got the 'Spa' treatment last weekend, thanks to its equity investment backers, LDC. LDC is a founding investor in the Marussia F1 Team, and provided Driver Hire with the opportunity to display their company logo on the rear wing end plates of the Marussia F1 Team cars for the 2013 Formula 1™ Shell Belgian Grand...

  • Published on: August 26, 2013

    Manjit Singh, owner of Driver Hire’s Enfield office, is a finalist in the 2013 ‘bfa Franchisee of the Year’ awards. He’s one of four contenders in the ‘Best Customer Service’ category. Manjit purchased his Driver Hire franchise in 2007 at the start of the recession. In challenging economic circumstances he and his-five person team’s commitment to world...

  • Published on: June 28, 2013

    The Canterbury office of leading local recruitment company Driver Hire has won a national award.  Specialists in the supply of staff to the transport and logistics industry, the Canterbury team beat off the challenge of Driver Hire’s nationwide network to claim the company’s coveted ‘Office of the Month’ prize. “They had an incredible month,” says Tony...

  • Published on: May 14, 2013

    Sophie Mason has joined the team at Driver Hire as Commercial Development Manager for e-services. A new role, her appointment reflects Driver Hire’s increasing focus on the development of e-services for their nationwide portfolio of customers. “Transport operators have to meet ever more demanding requirements to stay compliant,” says Sophie. “That’s why Driver Hire...

  • Published on: May 7, 2013

    Driver Hire's nationwide network has hit the hot one hundred! A franchisee recruitment boom has seen the specialist transport and logistics recruiter open new offices in Derby, Swansea and Walsall. In addition new franchisees have taken over at existing offices in Bournemouth, Slough and Wakefield. One of the new franchisees joining the network is Jon Bell. “When Derby became available, an...

  • Published on: April 25, 2013

    Tej Singh is the new man at the helm of Driver HireSlough, the leading local specialist transport and logistics recruiter. He has a Masters’ Degree in engineering and business management. Before buying his Driver Hire franchise, Tej spent time as a project planner with the Inland Revenue and, most recently, with a local design and build contractor. “Running a franchise appealed to...