Driver Hire has claimed Franchisor of the Year at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, held at the Vox, Birmingham.
Driver Hire, the transport logistics recruitment agency, has been shortlisted 13 times in the last 14 years in the Franchisor of the Year category at the awards, hosted by the British Franchise Association, a record, and took home the prize for the second time.
Consistently showing excellence in franchising, this year Driver Hire presented to the judges an enviable training programme and onboarding process, as well as committing £3 million in technology in just three years to help the network thrive.
The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is a major achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.
Graham Duckworth, Franchise Sales Director, stated:
“It is an absolute honour that Driver Hire has been named the Franchisor of the Year by the British Franchise Association. This is an award that we have been nominated in multiple times and won before. “We believe it is important for our brand and franchise network that we believe in ourselves and by entering the awards we show that we have faith that we are at the highest of standards. The highest, in fact.”
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, congratulated Driver Hire on winning the flagship accolade:
“Driver Hire consistently meets the expectations of a great franchise, demonstrating a tried and tested business model year-on-year. “With 80 staff at head office to help franchisees thrive, the company continues to push boundaries and prove itself a truly ethical franchise.”
Andy Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, says:
“Driver Hire is a regular feature at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, and it’s not hard to see why. The company has shown a fantastic work culture and enables its franchisees to thrive.”
It was also a good night for Ed Pockney, a Driver Hire franchisee in Uxbridge, who won the Business Transformation category after getting his territory into the top 20 performing franchise units in the network.
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To win Franchisor of the Year, Driver Hire beat a shortlist consisting of OSCAR Pet Foods, which took home the silver award, Window to the Womb (bronze), Minster Cleaning Services, InXpress and Speedy Freight.
By Caitlin Cook