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Driver Hire Expands into the Borders

Driver Hire is bringing the potential for new jobs and employment to the Borders region of Scotland, with the opening of a new office in Galashiels. In a region which has had its share of bad news on the employment front in recent months, the buoyant start to 2009 reported by Driver Hire’s newest office is a spot of welcome good news.

The Borders office is the 13th office to open in Scotland within the nationwide network of over 100 individually owned Driver Hire offices. The new office is being managed by two locals from Galashiels, Russell Lavens and Kerrie Johnstone.

"While working in the Edinburgh City office we identified a gap in the market," says Russell. "So about 6 months ago we started targeting business in this area. We focused on building an infrastructure of public sector clients, which has now made it commercially viable to open our office. Local firms like using local people, and they can do that now we are on hand to recruit locally."

Russell has adopted Driver Hire’s policy of ‘much more than driving,’ and this is proving fruitful. In fact, 75% of the staff currently supplied by the Borders office are non-driving, such as Dog Wardens, IT Professionals, Janitors, HGV Mechanics, Librarians, Cleaners, Administrators and Caterers, as well as permanently placed Senior Management.

Scottish Borders Council are delighted with Driver Hire’s decision to move in to Galashiels, a welcome development in what has been a difficult few months for the area. As a result, Russell has invited the leader of the council, David Parker, to conduct the office’s official opening ceremony in February.

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