Celebrating success. Bob McKinlay (left) owner of Driver Hire Twickenham with Jeremy Neale, Driver Hire’s UK Managing Director
September proved to be a month to remember for Driver Hire’s franchisees. The leading transport & logistics recruitment specialist’s nationwide network chalked up turnover of £10.7m – an all time record in the company’s thirty plus years of trading.
Individually, across the network, seven offices have already passed £1m turnover for the first half year. In addition nearly half of Driver Hire’s 103 office network have passed £500k, putting them on course to achieve £1m turnover by the financial year-end in March 2017.
Jeremy Neale, Driver Hire’s UK Managing Director, commented, “We’re delighted by the progress of our franchisees over the past few years. As a result of their efforts, we have seen annual network turnover increase by 28% to £100m since 2013. The positive growth is continuing in the current trading year and this September was the best month in our 30-year history. We have also won new business with several blue chip brands in recent months.”
Driver Hire specialises in the provision of temporary workers to the logistics sector, especially drivers. Alongside a proven franchise business model, Neale puts the current success of the business down to several factors. These include a high demand for flexible labour, especially at a time where there is some uncertainty in the economy. The growth of internet shopping is another factor. And with Christmas approaching, a key trading period, the business is expecting more good news to come.
“Our franchisees meet a clear need for their customers,” says Neale. “When they need flexibility in their workforce, Driver Hire steps in. Also there’s an ongoing flight to quality. Our customers recognise that Driver Hire franchisees go the extra mile in terms of its selection processes and business compliance.”
“In an industry where a missed deadline can be extremely expensive for our customers, our franchisees recognise the critical nature of the service they offer. Customers count on Driver Hire to provide the best possible staff every time. As a franchisor, we will continue to support our office network helping them to focus on being the best at what they do. We’re very optimistic for the future of both Driver Hire and its franchise network.”