Double award win for Driver Hire

The Driver Hire network has two reasons to celebrate following the annual British Franchise Association awards in Birmingham on Thursday night.

We saw our Uxbridge franchisee, Ed Pockney, pick up the 2019 Franchisee of the Year award in the Business Transformation category, and moments later, we picked up the main award of the night, being named overall Franchisor of the Year for 2019.

As a franchised business, Driver Hire has collected many awards over the years and this is the second time that we’ve won the most prestigious award in the UK’s franchise industry.

Ed Pockney was delighted with his award in a category that highlights second generation franchisees that achieve new levels of growth, profitability and efficiency. Ed has taken Driver Hire Uxbridge from the bottom end of the company league tables to a regular place in the top 20, having increased turnover six-fold in under five years.

Commenting on Driver Hire’s Franchisor of the Year gold award, the judges highlighted the company’s consistent excellence in franchising over many years, and appreciated, “an enviable training programme and onboarding process, as well as committing £3 million in technology in just three years to help the network thrive.”

Chris Chidley, CEO of Driver Hire’s parent company Specialist People Services Group, said, “We are all really pleased for Ed and immensely proud to have won the top Franchisor of the Year award for a second time. It’s testament to a lot of hard work from so many people across the Driver Hire network and to our commitment to doing business the right way. We’ve shared a very successful few years with our franchisees and this award is the icing on the cake.”

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