Driver Hire Nationwide, part of the diversified recruitment group Specialist People Services (SPS), is celebrating a record Christmas after delivering revenues of £11.5m for December 2016, a nine per cent increase on the same period last year.
The UK’s leading specialist transport and logistics recruiter, which supplies commercial vehicle drivers to logistics providers via its nationwide network of more than 100 offices, credits the results to a number of significant new account wins and the continuing popularity of internet shopping.
Chris Chidley, chief executive of Driver Hire owner Specialist People Services, said: “Our performance in December caps a successful 2016 in which we again enjoyed impressive growth and strengthened our business. We have continued to win work with some of the UK’s key logistics suppliers and this, combined with the increase in online retail over the festive period, has no doubt contributed to our success.
“December is always our busiest month, but these results are testament to the quality service our teams provide. Logistics providers are under increasing pressure to make deliveries in windows that are only getting smaller, and they rely on partners who can provide high-quality, reliable and flexible labour – something they plan for well in advance to ensure a smooth Christmas operation. Retail remains one of the UK’s best performing sectors and Driver Hire plays a vital role in supporting this.
“The way our business is structured means we’re able to flex resource accordingly and provide support as and where it is needed. Not only does this help us to keep Britain moving, it ensures we’re able to support our clients when they need it most – giving them peace of mind that they will meet their own customers’ requirements.
“We begin 2017 in a confident mood and while it is certain to be an unpredictable year, Driver Hire is providing the exact type of service the UK economy needs and we’re looking forward to another successful year for our business.”
SPS, the diversified recruitment group that also owns rail recruitment firm ISS Labour and a growing Driver Hire business in Australia, is backed by private equity firm LDC.
In 2016, it reported annual group revenues of £129.4m, invested £1m in its IT infrastructure as it continues to develop its technology-led, end-to-end people management services, and announced a number of strategic appointments to further strengthen its management board.
Picture: Chris Chidley, CEO of Driver Hire.