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Regional finalist in franchise awards


Local businessman, Gee Bains, is one of the London/South East regional finalists in this year’s bfa ‘Franchisee of the Year’ awards. Gee is the owner of Driver Hire’s London South East office.


With 95 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.


Gee purchased his Driver Hire franchise two years ago. From a standing start, he has achieved strong growth in his business. It now regularly covers 130 shifts per week and provides work for around 50 drivers. His client base includes both local and national businesses.


“Our success comes down to attention to detail,” says Gee. “We’ve established a high level of customer care and have a pool of excellent drivers to call on. This combination ensures we maintain the new business that we win. Of course it’s great to have our efforts recognised in this way and I’m hoping that we can go one step further on finals night in October.”


Sponsored by HSBC and Express Newspapers the awards, which are now into their twelfth year, celebrate the successes of franchisees from all corners of the UK. Commenting on Gee’s nomination, Kathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising at HSBC said: “The Awards present a great opportunity to highlight outstanding examples of what can be achieved by franchisees through hard work, determination and the backing of a well-run franchise network.”


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