Nomination makes it three out of three for Driver Hire
For the third year running, Driver Hire has been short-listed as a finalist in the British Franchise Association’s (BFA) ‘Franchisor of the Year Awards’. With more than 700 franchisors now operating in the UK, this is a significant achievement – testament to Driver Hire’s commitment to quality and the efforts of its franchisees and staff.
The theme for this year’s award was ‘Then and Now… Five Years On’. The judges were impressed with the changes Driver Hire has made since 2003. In particular they commented on its ability to change to meet market demand. Traditionally seen as a provider of temporary truck drivers on short-term assignments, they’ve upgraded their service to include non-driving roles and permanent recruitment. They have also added a national sales team to meet the needs of large, multi-site customers who wish to centralise their buying power.
All of which has helped Driver Hire maintain their position as leaders in a niche but essential market sector. During the past year trading has consistently been over 10% up on 2006/07. In December an all-time weekly record turnover was achieved.
Driver Hire supply transport and logistics staff to a wide range of businesses. Clients rely on their service to ensure customer deliveries are made and deadlines met. If a client is short of staff because of holidays or sickness, they simply phone their local Driver Hire office who will provide them with a suitable temporary replacement. They also help clients with recruitment for permanent positions.
Commenting on the nomination, Richard Owen-Hughes, Driver Hire’s Director of Marketing said: “We were the BFA’s ‘Franchisor of the Year’ in 2006 and a runner-up in 2007. It would be fantastic to be able to repeat our 2006 success, crowning what has been a record-breaking year. We made a formal presentation to the judges in mid-April. Following that the winners will be selected and announced on May 22nd. In the meantime -- and whatever the eventual result -- this is an achievement everyone at Driver Hire can be very proud of.”
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