Trading success wins award for Driver Hire York

February 2, 2020

Driver Hire Franchise UK – OUTSTANDING work by a driver employment agency in York has won recognition for the team.

 
Carrie Ann Goddard, owner of the Driver Hire York franchise, won the company’s Gold Achievement Award for her office’s performance during 2019 when annual sales topped £750,000.

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The specialist supplier provides temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to organisations in the public and private sector.

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“Road transport and logistics is a highly-regulated industry,” said Carrie Ann. “As a result, more and more businesses are recognising the value of working with a 100 per cent reliable supplier for all their recruitment requirements. “When it comes to customer service, because we’re a franchise, we offer them the benefits of working with a local, owner-managed business, backed by the resources of a major national company. And, of course, we can help drivers complete their essential driver CPC training.”

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Chris Chidley, Driver Hire’s chief executive, said: “This is a performance to be proud of, achieved in what are uncertain times. Her team at York are to be congratulated on their success. It’s a result of their hard work, endeavour and the first rate, round the clock service they and their drivers deliver.”

By Nadia Jefferson-Brown

Source: York Press

Recruitment specialist invests in franchise

August 22, 2019

A recruitment specialist has bought Driver Hire’s Stoke franchise.

Driver Hire has a nationwide network of franchised offices providing temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff.

 
Paul Crossley has taken on the business after more than 10 years working as a client relationship manager for Paystream, which provides payroll and accountancy services for recruitment agencies and contractors.

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Crossley said: “Working for myself has always been a long-term plan. But it’s actually come to fruition a bit earlier than I’d expected.

“I’ve bought the franchise with a view to growing it and, as my own boss, benefiting directly from its success.”

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Graham Duckworth, Driver Hire’s franchise sales director said: “Paul’s background in a recruitment-related business, has given him a perfect combination of skills for running a successful franchise.”

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By Alex Turner

Source: The Business Desk

BFA/HSBC 2019 award winners driving excellence in franchising

August 4, 2019

Two brands have been recognised in both the franchisor and franchisee awards in the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2019 at the Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham.

Driver Hire was the first winning brand after being named the Franchisor of the Year having won the Gold award and Driver Hire franchisee, Ed Pockney, won the award category of Business Transformation.

Window to the Womb, the second brand, won the Bronze Award in the Franchisor of the Year category and its franchisee, Mark Sadleir, took the title of Multi-unit Franchisee of the Year.

The annual awards hosted by the BFA are designed to celebrate excellence in franchising for both franchisors and franchisees. The association comments that these awards showcase the very best in franchising in the industry.

Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the BFA, believes that the strength of the applications this year were indicative of an industry that is thriving.

“Congratulations to everybody who won an award, and to all those shortlisted. The franchising industry is showing record growth. There are more franchise systems than ever, and there are more females and young people becoming franchisees.

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“Franchising is able to adapt to societal shifts in culture and needs too, which is a major advantage for businesses in the industry which thrive through change. The franchisees and franchisors that were shortlisted really reflect this,” said Wilkins.

Andy Brattesani, UK head of franchising, HSBC, added: “As long-standing supporters of the awards, it is always fantastic watching the industry come out in force. Well done to all of the winners, and the categories show how diverse the industry is, both in terms of the breadth of services provided by companies, and also the opportunities this allows for franchisees to optimise their lifestyle and work culture.”

The winners for each category:

Franchisor of the Year
As well as demonstrating a passion and commitment to ethical franchising, shortlisted franchise systems evidenced strong infrastructure and support for their network, ensuring franchisees have the best environment to succeed and reach their full potential.

Gold Award – Driver Hire (Suppliers of temporary and permanent staff)
Silver Award – Oscar Pet Foods (Pet food delivery service)
Bronze Award – Window to the Womb (Ultrasound baby scan clinics)

Emerging Franchisor
This was for businesses that had shown a real passion for their brand and franchising from day one. Finalists demonstrated the implementation of a strong infrastructure built to sustain growth and facilitate potential issues that can occur in infancy.

Winner – Radfield Home Care (Domiciliary care)

Brand Awareness & Innovation
This award could revolve around a new brand, new product or service or even a new piece of technology and what impact this has had on not only the individual franchisees, but the network as a whole.

Winner – énergie Fitness (Fitness clubs)

Leadership & Culture
Those shortlisted were businesses that had shown a real passion and commitment to their vision and values.

Winner – McDonald’s Restaurants (Fast food restaurants)

Social Enterprise
This award showcased franchisors that have built a business to respond to a demand or improve a social economic circumstance.

Winner – Wiltshire Farms Foods (Home delivery of ready-made meals)

Franchisee of the Year Winner – Kev and Amy Popat, Right at Home (Providers of care in the home)

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Young Female & Young Male
These two awards recognise that franchising is not all about experience. Judges looked for a franchisee who has established a profitable franchise, although they may not have come from a business background.

Winners – Jennie Mills, Rainbow International (Disaster recovery and cleaning) and Craig Bishop, Snap-on Tools (Distributor of tools)

Business Transformation
The businesses of all finalists in this category underwent significant transformation in order to achieve a new level of growth, profitability or efficiency.

Winner – Ed Pockney, Driver Hire

Customer Engagement
For franchisees that go above and beyond in their commitment to deliver the best customer experience in both B2B and B2C businesses.

Winner – Kev and Amy Popat, Right at Home

Multi-unit
The finalists were franchisees that had a clear passion for business and have become masters of managing teams.

Winner – Mark Sadleir, Window to the Womb

Lifestyle
The award showcases franchisees who may have bought into franchising to get a better work-life balance or be their own boss and who, through their enterprising nature and determination to succeed, stand out from the crowd of other small business owners.

Winner – John and Elaine Warburton, Barking Mad (Home dog boarding service)

Source: Franchise World

Uxbridge Businessman Claims Major Accolade At Flagship Franchising Awards

July 13, 2019

Driver Hire franchisee Ed Pockney has been announced as the winner of the Business Transformation category at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, held at the Vox, Birmingham.

Ed, who was a financial stockbroker for over two decades before becoming a Driver Hire franchisee, managed to claim the accolade after presenting exceptional growth since taking over the Uxbridge franchise in November 2014.

 
In under five years, he has grown his franchise from 96th in the network to get it into the top 20. In the past four-and-a-half years, he has delivered over 43,500 shifts and have shown a huge commitment to development of staff, including employing six trainers.

Stated Ed Pockney: “The most important thing, over anything else, is not letting your customer down. I have been meticulous since taking over the business to make the turnover a six-fold increase.”

The Business Transformation category highlights second generation franchisees achieving new levels of growth, profitability and efficiency. This was a brand new category to the awards, reflecting the increased levels of success evident in the industry.

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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 staff and customers, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, stated: “Ed runs his business exceptionally well and looks at every detail. This includes hiring multilingual staff to improve the experience for both the drivers, and the customers. The way he has scaled up the business lies in all these details.”

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Andy Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising, HSBC, added: “While all of the shortlisted candidates have shown that you can scale up operations with the right strategy, Ed’s stood out as he clearly identified where opportunities were available and worked on them until he became the preferred business of choice in the area.”

Ed won the Business Transformation award by staving off competition from Gill Dawson – Molly Maid, and Simon White – Home Instead Senior Care.

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By Caitlin Cook

Source: BDaily

Driver Hire Wins Franchisor of the Year at Flagship Franchising Awards

July 11, 2019

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.

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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.”

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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

Source: BDaily

Driver Hire Renewals Come in Threes

May 17, 2019

Three Driver Hire franchisees – in Brighton, Cardiff and Gatwick – have recently completed renewal agreements securing further five year business partnerships with the leading transport & logistics recruitment specialists.

Franchising for over 30 years, Driver Hire recruitment offices mainly provide 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 – perhaps because of illness, holidays or seasonal demand – Driver Hire will supply them with a suitable replacement.

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Simon Johnston,  Franchise Development Director commented: “The renewal process, which is free, involves the franchisee producing a five-year business and financial plan, using Driver Hire’s template documents. A meeting is then held between the franchisee and, usually two directors, to discuss the content and the franchisee’s future plans.”

Dave Pollard, owner of the Brighton franchise, said: “Renewal is a great opportunity to review your business. As with the purchase process, Driver Hire’s Group Services support team were both thorough and helpful. As a result I’m looking forward to developing my franchise further over the next five years.”

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For both Darran Perkins and Nic Chaviaris, their Driver Hire connections go back further than ten years.

They both worked for the previous owners of their franchise before making the decision to invest when the opportunity came along.

“I can’t believe how much my business has grown,” says Nic Chaviaris, owner of Gatwick franchise.

“I’ve never had any doubts that I made the right decision. I work with a great team and the business fits in with my family commitments. Most importantly we continue to be a highly successful operation.” Darran Perkins (Driver Hire Cardiff) agrees.

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“When it’s your own business, you benefit directly from the effort that you put in. We’re a 24/7 operation, so success as a Driver Hire franchise is about following their well established franchise model combined with a strong work ethic. I continue to make a good living from my franchise – that’s why I chose to renew.”

Driver Hire wins bronze in Franchiser of the Year award at bfa HSBC Franchising Awards

July 26, 2018

BRADFORD-based transport and logistics recruiter Driver Hire has been honoured at a recent awards ceremony.

The firm, based in Canal Road, collected bronze in the Franchiser of the Year category at thr 2018 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

Driver Hire has been a finalist 12 times in the past 13 years, and has been an award winner in three of the last four years.

The company collected its prize from Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy at a ceremony in Birmingham, sharing the podium with McDonald’s and Agency Express, which produced ‘for sale’ signs.

Over the last 30 years Driver Hire has developed a network of 100 offices across the country, supplying temporary and permanent staff to businesses that operate commercial vehicles.

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It also provides driver training and risk management systems, and has an annual turnover of more than £1.1 million.

Graham Duckworth, franchise sales director at Driver Hire, said: “It’s nice to be recognised as one of the best franchisors out there.

“It’s a huge achievement and will certainly take the business to even greater heights.”

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Pip Wilkins, bfa chief executive, added: “Every year it’s great to see the excellent work our members demonstrated through their entries.

“The quality has never been higher with a wide range of businesses represented. It was an extremely hard job for the judges to separate them. Our congratulations go to all our winners.”

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Driver Hire franchisees celebrate record breaking £108m turnover

April 16, 2018

Looking for a £1m franchise opportunity? Driver Hire could be the franchise for you.

The transport and logistics recruitment chain has announced a record breaking year for turnover with its franchise network helping to deliver £108.5m turnover for the 12 months to the end of March 2018.

This represents a turnover increase of £8m, or 8%, on the previous 12 months to the end of March 2017.

With 92 franchised offices across the UK, the average level of annual turnover at a Driver Hire franchise is now £1.2m – this is three times the national average figure published in the 2015 Natwest bfa survey – while average net profit for its franchisees sits at an impressive £140,000.

Outside of the average figures, 13 Driver Hire franchisees have hit turnover in excess of £2m.

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Cementing a seventh consecutive year of growth for the brand and its fifth record turnover year in succession, Driver Hire chief executive Chris Chidley has commented that the success achieved by its franchisees is due to them “not only attracting new customers but doing more business with existing ones”.

Now in its 34th year of trading, Driver Hire  the UK’s largest specialist supplier of staff to the road transport and logistics industry. Its franchisees provide temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Driver Hire has been recognised as a bfa ‘Franchisor of the Year’ finalist in 12 of the last 13 years and has won the award four times.

The chain offers franchise packages starting from £32,000 and has territories available across the UK including Northern Ireland.

Chidley continued: “Our franchisees continue to deliver outstanding levels of service, which has been confirmed by the results of our annual survey. All these factors contribute to the high demand for Driver Hire franchises whenever one becomes available.”

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