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Driver Hire wins new business worth £2m

The recession appears to be over for a Bradford-based transport recruitment specialist which has landed national contracts worth £2m a year and is enjoying double digit growth.

Driver Hire, based on Canal Road, has seen business transform since the summer and is well on track to exceed its revenue targets for the financial year.
The company, which provides around 3,000 drivers and associated temporary staff every day, has also developed a new driver-training programme to be rolled out nationally to meet new regulations.

Some of its offices around the UK have seen business grow by more than 40 per cent, with demand high from Ayrshire in Scotland to Croydon, near London.
Driver Hire, a franchise-based operation, was recently confirmed by an international trade magazine as the UK’s leading specialist recruiter for the transport and logistics industry.

Chris Chidley, chief executive, said the business had enjoyed a major turnaround since July after enduring tough trading in the early part of its financial year, which ends in March.

Mr Chidley said: “If there is a double dip recession we could be one of those businesses that actually benefits.

“While many firms are seeing growing demand, especially in the home delivery sector in the run-up to Christmas, they still prefer to use temporary workers rather than taking on permanent staff.

“There’s no doubt that the overall economic situation remains challenging, but our own business has seen a remarkable turnaround since the early part of our financial year.

“We are now growing at a rate which far exceeds our expectations. This is partly due to our determination to keep investing in the business and not to hunker down in the face of the recession.

“We’ve recently won new national business with a number of major customers which we expect to be worth £2m a year.”

Driver Hire’s improving levels of business reflect a recent survey which showed that the number of firms looking to cut back on their use of agency staff had dropped from two thirds to 36per cent .

A recent innovation by Driver Hire has been the development of a training programme to enable drivers to comply with new competency regulations. The firm has around 80 approved trainers who will deliver training across the country.

Mr Chidley said: “The introduction of our new Driver CPC training product will differentiate us further from the competition and provide a platform for really strong future growth...”

The Driver Hire Group has a network of more than 100 franchised offices and is the country’s largest specialist supplier of both temporary and permanent staff to the road transport and logistics industry and the public sector. Customers include international hauliers, supermarkets, builders’ merchants, delivery firms and local authorities. 

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