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Gary is ‘Startups’ top franchisee


Gary Riches, Colchester FranchiseeGary Riches, owner of Driver Hire’s Colchester office, has won the ‘New Franchisee’ category in this year’s ‘Startups awards’.

Now into their tenth year, the ‘Startups awards’ are run by, an online platform for people new to the world of self employment. ‘Startups’ provides advice and assistance for anyone interested in starting their own business, whether it’s a franchise or stand-alone. Many past winners of the awards have gone on to become hugely successful, including ‘Naked Wines’ and the ‘Cambridge Satchel Company’.

The judges were clearly impressed by Gary’s outstanding business performance and commended both Gary and his team for their enthusiasm. During the current financial year, Gary’s Colchester team have beaten his business plan target every month. Turnover is currently 110% up on same time last year.

“I was surprised to be nominated, so to hear my name being read out as the winner was a real shock!” says Gary. “Of course it’s great to have our efforts recognised. But this business is about more than simply making a profit. It’s about finding work for people in the local community which in turn provides economic benefits for them, their families and in the wider community.”

Commenting on the award finalists and winners, David Lester founder of ‘’ said: “This year’s finalists were of an incredibly high calibre and to get to this point they’d beaten hundreds of businesses with great stories to tell. The winners are shining examples of the highly successful early stage businesses in the UK.”


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