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Managers buy in to the Driver Hire franchise success story


Managers at Driver Hire offices in Belfast and Cambridge liked the businesses they’ve been running so much, they decided to buy them. Collectively they have just short of 25 years’ experience of Driver Hire so they clearly know their offices inside out – and their business potential.


Diane Maxwell, new Driver Hire Belfast FranchiseeDiane Maxwell has been part of the Driver Hire Belfast team for four years. She became manager a year ago and steered it successfully to a 10% increase in sales in the financial year ended April 2012. Diane and her two colleagues have got the office away to a flying start in 2012/13 in far from ideal trading conditions.


“I believe in Driver Hire and its brand strengths,” says Diane. “When the opportunity came along to buy I was very excited by it. My experience has shown me that this is a very lucrative and profitable business.”


It was a similar story in Cambridge for John Rigg and Mike O’Dell. They’d been running the office for the previous owner for the best part of ten years. “Driver Hire is one of the UK’s leading franchise businesses with a successful track record going back nearly 30 years,” says John. “When the opportunity to purchase the franchise came up, it just felt like the right thing to do.”


With over 90 franchised offices, Driver Hire is the UK’s largest specialist in its field, providing temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sector. If they’re short of staff – perhaps because of illness, holidays or seasonal demand – Driver Hire will supply them with a suitable replacement.


Commenting on Diane, John and Mike’s decision to buy, Graham Duckworth, Driver Hire’s Franchise Sales Director, said: “It’s always great to welcome new franchisees to our network – and help existing ones realise their investment and move on to new business opportunities. It’s particularly pleasing when our managers decide to buy into the business and make it their own. It’s a great advert for the value and potential offered by a Driver Hire franchise.”

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