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Harrogate Conference celebrates success


Driver Hire’s Winter Conference held in Harrogate on 17th January celebrated the successes of its franchisees and their staff.

The top award – ‘Franchisee of the Year’ – went to husband and wife team, Paul and Shirley McKenna, owners of Driver Hire Leicester. During the past twelve months, Paul and Shirley have continued to build their already top performing business, adding an additional half million turnover.

Leicester Franchisees Paul and Shirley receive their award from CEO Chris Chidley

Gary Riches (Driver Hire Colchester) continued his outstanding year. Already a ‘’ national award winner in 2013, Gary and his team have now collected Driver Hire’s ‘New Start of the Year’ trophy.

Other successful franchisees included Vinod and Varsha Thakrar (Bristol) whose office attracted high levels of new customers, earning them the David Walter Memorial Salver award. The Lawn Rose Bowl (for endeavour ) went to Diane Maxwell at Belfast. She’s enjoyed a highly successful year whilst building a new team and winning back customer confidence following the departure of the previous managers of the business.

The Training award went to Nic Chaviaris and his team at Driver Hire Gatwick. Over the past year they’ve actively marketed their Driver CPC training offering – with some impressive results. They doubled the number of courses they ran, enabling them to ensure that over 400 drivers are well on their way to meeting their 2014 deadline.

As well as talking network business, the Conference also provided an opportunity for franchisees and head office staff to socialise whilst raising money for the Driver Hire Benevolent Fund. An auction and raffle raised a highly impressive £3700 for this worthy cause.


Photo: Driver Hire Leicester Franchisees, Paul and Shirley McKenna receive their award from Driver Hire CEO Chris Chidley.


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