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Rowan tops the tree at Driver Hire

Rowan Pritchard, franchisee at Driver Hire Romford, has collected the prestigious “Franchisee of the Year” award at Driver Hire’s Winter Conference. Factors used in deciding the winner from a network of more than 90 include overall business performance, financial excellence, business building and contribution to the Driver Hire network.

Other winners in this year’s awards include George Griffiths (Bury St Edmunds), who picked up the “Newcomer of the Year” title, Debra Maiden (Leeds East), winner of the award for Endeavour and Driver Hire Dundee, who were recognised for an outstanding team performance during the year.

Rowan has operated Driver Hire’s Romford franchise for the past two years, although for several years prior to that he worked in partnership with his mother Irene and brother Dan in the company’s Basildon office.

Commenting on his award, Rowan added; “It really was a complete surprise when my name was announced at the presentation ceremony. But it’s great to have my efforts recognised. Of course I couldn’t have won without the support of my Operations Manager, Jacky Ashton, and my team of temps who help me day in, day out to deliver excellent service to my customers.”

“Since purchasing the Romford franchise, Rowan has quadrupled turnover in a difficult economic climate,” said Chris Chidley, Driver Hire’s Chief Executive. “He also plays an important part in our network by making valuable contributions at regional meetings. And he works closely with neighbouring franchisees when additional drivers are required to meet customer requirements at particularly busy times.

“We congratulate all of this year’s winners and it’s fair to say that they are all great role models for our franchise network.”

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