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

Surge In New Client Wins Signals Expansion Plans

October 25, 2019

The HR Dept Newcastle, which has seen a surge in companies outsourcing their human resource requirements in the last 12 months, is now targeting North Tyneside for future growth.

Established in 2014 by director, Jayne Hart, the company is part of a national franchise providing HR, employment law and health and safety support to small businesses.

2019 has seen Jayne increase her team to four permanent employees and it is on track to double headcount by 2021, including another graduate trainee.

The business continues to build on its client base and over the last 12 months has seen a 55% increase in outsourcing from companies across the tech, creative, digital and manufacturing sectors in the North East.

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Jayne Hart, said: “We had a very strong start to the year and we are ambitious in our growth plans. We are seeing an increased demand for our services from the region’s scale up and growth businesses. We ensure they have the foundations of good legal and practical people practices in place that will complement and support their growth. Many of these businesses come to us via support bodies such as Tedco Start and Grow and the Scaleup North East programmes.

“We offer a flexible and affordable outsourced employment solution providing support on a full range of HR issues. We see huge potential to further support clients across North Tyneside and Newcastle, as we increase our offering to provide management training, e-learning and health and safety, whilst staying true to our commitment of providing a local presence and regular contact for our clients.

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“Putting our clients at the heart of our business and offering a bespoke solution, is how we attract and retain them.”

Neil Stephenson, Non exec director and venture capitalist, said: “I have known Jayne for a number of years and I trust the team at The HR Dept to provide no-nonsense advice. I know that I can rely on the company for practical advice that is compliant and mitigates risk but is also commercially sound. The fact they are locally based means they are available to drop in to talk through more complex issues, which I find reassuring. I get peace of mind knowing the people processes meet the needs of the growing businesses I work with.”

Source: Business UpNorth

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

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.”

Recruitment Franchise UK – Should You Invest In UK Recruitment Franchises?

March 25, 2019

Recruitment Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Recruitment Franchises.

Investing in a recruitment franchise UK can be a hugely profitable venture for franchisees. Here’s more about how UK recruitment franchises work.

The UK recruitment industry is among the biggest of its kind in the world. The sheer scale and, more importantly, the value of skilled workforce we have at our disposal is one of the major reasons why we have been consistently able to face and overcome global challenges.

It wasn’t, however, too long ago that there existed no such thing as a ‘recruitment industry’. Most people looking for work would approach the employer directly after coming across adverts in local and national papers. Bigger companies could afford to carry out elaborate recruitment drives and campaigns across universities, colleges and local employment offices.

Thankfully, things have improved significantly since then.

Today, it’s easier than ever for companies to connect with their potential employees through a number of online channels (LinkedIn, is the best example). This, however, doesn’t really hold true for companies that want to hire throughout the year and at a larger or more ‘speciality’ level.

That’s where recruitment businesses come in. Buying a recruitment franchise UK will give you – as a franchisee – an opportunity to work in a vibrant, active and incredibly important industry, with a great deal of job satisfaction to boot.

It is, however, never an easy decision to put thousands of pounds into a venture you know a little about. If you’re thinking of buying a recruitment franchise UK, stay with us as we discuss some of the most common questions franchisees have.

The State Of The UK Recruitment Industry

The UK recruitment industry is more organised today than it has ever been before. There are multiple big players, dozens of mid-sized agencies and many more small-scale, local businesses. Most recruitment franchises UK operate in the mid to small cross section of the industry.

Here are a few key statistics that give us an insight into the state of the UK recruitment industry:

  • As is the case with any other industry, the uncertainty and apprehension around the fate of Brexit do exist in the UK recruitment industry – quite visibly so. Businesses are reluctant to hire new talent, creating massive bottlenecks in regular hiring processes that are more or less guaranteed around the year.
  • Despite these apprehensions, many small and medium businesses have continued hiring at the same – even slightly higher rates – in the last two years.
  • In 2017/18, the UK recruitment industry grew by a whopping 11%.
  • In this period, over 1 million people were placed into permanent jobs by businesses operating in the employment industry. This number is expected to grow over the next five years, spelling a certain promise for franchisees looking to invest in UK recruitment franchises.

Source: Data published by the Recruitment And Employment Confederation

The YoY growth of 11% puts the industry comfortably above the national average. What this means is that running a recruitment franchise UK gives franchisees the benefit of operating in an industry that’s following an upward trajectory.

Since most franchise businesses eye a short turnover window of 3-7 years, it’s safe to say that UK recruitment franchises have enough going for them in terms of market forces for new franchisees to invest in.

Unlocking Opportunities With A Recruitment Franchise UK

From the stats furnished so far, it should be obvious to would-be franchisees that most market-related things check out fine as far as recruitment franchises UK are concerned.

This begs a question – what edge does a recruitment franchise UK have over, let’s say, a regular recruitment business built from the ground up?

It’s a valid and relevant question. While we have already discussed the pros and cons of franchising, it’s important to dig a little deeper in this context.

UK recruitment franchise operate in an industry that is extremely labour intensive. Nearly every pound in profit is a result of the corresponding number of hours put in by businesses and their staff – there are no easy ways to make the capital turn profitable.

This is the main reason why the recruitment industry is usually dominated by companies and agencies that can themselves afford to hire people on a large scale. Breaching the industry without any significant strength of hiring, administration, management and – most importantly – marketing is not just unrealistic, it’s very well impossible.

In that sense, buying a recruitment franchise UK opens up doors that would otherwise remain firmly shut for small-time investors. Running a franchise not just lets you ‘in’, it gives you a proper shot at making the most of a robust, lucrative industry.

If you’re new to franchising, we would urge you to visit and bookmark our series of free franchising guides and resources. To keep yourself updated with the latest news and updates in the UK franchising world, do check out our franchising news section. Better yet, follow us on Twitter to keep yourself in the loop.

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What Do Recruitment Franchises UK Do?

At franchise4u, our focus is on educating franchisees with various aspects of franchising. We often come across franchisees who have identified a particular sector as their go-to investment choice – yet they don’t really know what the job entails.

Running a recruitment franchise UK requires franchisees – as business owners and operators – to man a number of fronts at once. These include managerial, operational and customer sides of things.

UK recruitment franchises have two important jobs:

  1. To work with employers (customers) to identify and manage opportunities
  2. Connect these opportunities with qualified and interested people

Almost every recruitment business depends largely on the employers to generate revenue. Many businesses also generate additional revenue from charging subscription, consultancy and follow-up fees to the applicants – but that still accounts for only a minor share of the revenue. The presence of multi-national ‘retail recruitment’ brands like Indeed and LinkedIn further forces recruitment businesses to offer premium/freemium services to the applicants.

How Much Does A Recruitment Franchise UK Cost?

Recruitment franchises UK are service providers – the product element is non-existent in this ecosystem.

Quite naturally, the eventual worth of the business comes from the quality of the services provided. In other words, much of your success as a franchise will have a lot more to do with you than with the franchisor. The franchisor’s role will be limited to providing training, marketing and admin.

Considering these factors, it’s safe to say that recruitment franchise opportunities occupy the lower rungs in terms of minimum initial investment.

“A typical recruitment franchise UK will require you to put up a capital to the tune of £10,000 to £25,000.”

Much of your initial investment in a recruitment franchise UK will go towards franchise fees (one-off) and other licencing deals. Most recruitment franchises UK don’t have typical outgoing components that other franchise sectors do – inventory, is a prominent example in this regard.

While it’s possible to run a recruitment business from home, it’s always a better idea to set up an office. If your franchisor requires you to do nothing more than generate leads every week, you may well benefit from running a home-office.

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Top UK Recruitment Franchises

Here’s an overview of some of the most popular recruitment franchises UK to give our readers an idea about what to expect from their franchisor. Please note that all the details mentioned here are subject to change. You may contact the franchisor directly for further details.

1. Driver Hire

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £40,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading recruiter for drivers and logistics personnel
  • 30+ years in business
  • Reputable brand name
  • Pre-launch advice provided
  • Foundation training course (4-6 weeks)
  • Efficient brand management
  • End-to-end IT solutions to streamline daily operations
  • Dedicated, personalised support

2. Additional Resources

  • Minimum Initial Investment: Up to £1,000 (invest as you go)
  • USP: UK-wide recruitment network
  • Bespoke, proven recruitment model
  • Fully integrated associateship
  • Advanced CRM setup
  • Efficient and effective lead generation system
  • Access to curated CV database
  • Contract financing
  • Monthly investment option available
  • Low budget recruitment franchise opportunity
  • Recruitment across all major industries and sectors

3. Applied Executive Selection

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £9,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Advanced recruiting solutions for high-profile companies
  • Over 25 years in business
  • Focus on recruitment for highly sought-after positions
  • Full training provided
  • Possibility to run your franchise unit from your home office
  • No recruitment experience required
  • Ideal for franchisees with sales/management background
  • Get started without paying any franchise fees (monthly investment model)
  • Ongoing IT and marketing support
  • Other peripherals and accessories (a VoIP connection, business support and personalised customer service)

4. Prima Ardelle Associates

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £5,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Permanent employment solutions for niche industries
  • Low entry cost
  • Low operational costs
  • Ideal franchising opportunity for franchisees who have customer service/management/marketing backgrounds
  • No previous experience in the recruitment industry is required
  • Specialising in the automotive sector (car dealerships, repair and finance)
  • Please refer to our guide to automotive franchises UK for more details in this regard
  • Full training and support provided
  • Ongoing support
  • Provisional BFA Member

Recruitment Franchises UK – The Takeaways

  • Recruitment franchises provide great opportunities for franchisees who are looking for affordable businesses to invest in.
  • You don’t need to have prior experience in the industry. Hands-on knowledge of and experience in sales, customers service and management are desirable.
  • With a recruitment franchise UK, you can supplement your regular income.
  • Choosing your franchisor wisely is the key to success.

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Platinum Wave launches recruitment agency Franchise Moves

December 21, 2018

Edinburgh-based franchise consultancy Platinum Wave is celebrating the launch of its recruitment agency, Franchise Moves.

The new agency will recruit franchise professionals across all levels on behalf of brands in every business sector and offer “a discreet service” to assist those in senior roles with their next career move in the industry.

Franchise Moves was founded by international franchisor and former recruitment agency director Suzie McCafferty, who took her own Scottish retail business to 70 outlets in six countries, and will be headed up by franchise recruiter Steve Lampshire.

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Platinum Wave enjoyed record results last year, more than doubling its turnover and securing key contracts with Scottish brands such as Oink and Crolla’s Gelateria.

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Lampshire said that the firm uses its “network of contacts, tried and tested processes and specialist software” to find the right candidates.

Source: Scotsman

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.”

Source: The Telegraph & Argus