Ed Pockney, franchisee at leading transport & logistics franchise recruiter, Driver Hire for the Uxbridge franchise territory, is in line for a national award. He’s one of the finalists in the 2019 bfa (British Franchise Association) HSBC Franchise Awards, in the ‘Business Transformation’ category. His nomination is well deserved. Since buying the franchise in 2014, Ed has made it one of the top twenty performers in the Driver Hire network, with annual turnover well in excess of £1.5m. His targ...Read More
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A Driver Hire franchise provides you with the opportunity to buy and run your own recruitment business, with average franchisee earnings over £120k per annum. The perfect opportunity for people like you, looking to run your own business and with a drive to succeed
Driver Hire is the leading transport and logistics recruitment franchise and has clearly got a formula for success. With a 100+ office network in April 2018 they’d completed their fifth consecutive record breaking year. They’re also a bfa HSBC 2017 ‘Franchisor of the Year’ award-winner. Their performance is certainly no flash in the pan, Driver Hire has been a bfa HSBC finalist for twelve of the last thirteen years and a four time award-winner.
Who is Driver Hire?
Established for over thirty years and franchising since 1987, Driver Hire provides temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff, chiefly to the road transport and logistics industry. Franchisees help customers who need extra staff to deal with holidays, illness, and peak trading periods. They can also help with the recruitment of permanent staff. Customers are businesses and organisations operating their own fleet of vehicles. They range from international hauliers and major retailers to builders merchants, parcel delivery companies and local authorities.
Numbers from the past financial year reflect how strongly the network is performing;
The average Driver Hire franchisee turnover for 2017/18 was £1,180,450 – over three times as much as the industry average of £378,400 (bfa NatWest Franchise Survey 2015). This means the average Driver Hire franchisee earnings for a single office is in excess of £120k per annum (£10k per month). The entry level investment for a start-up franchise is £32,000, plus working capital. Previous resale values have ranged from £40,000 to £500,000.
Training and support
Over 30 years Driver Hire has developed an excellent understanding of how to train and support their franchisees. After an initial 4-6 week training programme, an area manager regularly visits the franchisee's office and actively helps them grow their business, tailoring their support accordingly.
Over 80 staff at the Bradford head office also continually provide support in marketing and PR, IT, national accounts, HR,training, finance and more.
People like you?
Driver Hire franchisees reflect a wide spectrum of working backgrounds from which relevant skills have been gained. Whilst some have worked in either recruitment or the transport sector, others have run their own business, worked as accountants, in education, IT, retail and even banking.
"Whilst the financial side is key, I just enjoy running my franchise. We've taken people who were unemployed onto our books and found them full time jobs. That's an amazing feeling."
Ed Pockney, Driver Hire's Uxbridge franchisee
Ed joined Driver Hire in November 2014. With a business background in derivatives and money-broking, prior to Driver Hire he'd spent 28 years working in major financial centres around the world: London, New York and Tokyo.
"My quality of life has improved. I'm the one in control of my destiny. I'm no longer reliant on the decisions of others and boardroom red tape. I'd absolutely buy a Driver Hire franchise again and wish I'd looked at it a few years ago."
Jamie Williamson, Driver Hire Portsmouth
Jamie took over the Driver Hire Portsmouth resale franchise in January 2012. A friend who worked in the franchise industry had suggested he take a look at Driver Hire as he knew they were an established, award-winning brand. Prior to joining Driver Hire Jamie had worked for DHL in a number of finance and commercial roles for over ten years.
"I researched several franchising opportunities before settling on Driver Hire. At the exhibition I attended a presentation by one of their franchisees which was inspirational. I liked the business model and the back-up, systems and support offered by a Driver Hire franchise are almost unrivalled and give me every opportunity to grow a successful business."
Kathy Wylie, Driver Hire Derby franchisee
Before buying Driver Hire Derby in 2017, Kathy worked in property development and prior to that, retail banking.
Leading recruitment franchise, Driver Hire, welcomed two new franchisees to its nationwide network during February: Scott MacGregor and Stephen Hobbs. Scott has purchased Driver Hire’s Leeds East franchise territory. Before opting to buy his Driver Hire franchise, Scott worked largely in sales, as both a team leader and coach. Most recently he was part of a direct sales team at a locally based B2B telecoms services supplier, Abzorb. “Starting a new business is daunting,” says Scott. “But w...Read More
Driver Hire’s National Accounts’ team has finalised a national agreement with Team Knowhow, the expert services division of Dixons Carphone plc, which includes Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse. The agreement enables individual Driver Hire franchisees to trade with Team Knowhow depots across the UK. Team Knowhow technicians and their vehicles are a familiar sight, delivering a wide variety of electrical and white goods and providing after sales support. Driver Hire has been a leading fran...Read More
Driver Hire’s 2019 annual conference was a perfect opportunity to mark the achievements of its top performing and long-standing franchisees. Leading the way was Diane Maxwell who, along with her brother Danny, is joint-owner of Driver Hire within the Belfast franchise territory, crowned ‘Franchisee of the Year’. Other top award winners included: Andy Daniels (Bolton & Wigan franchise territories), Grant Wilson (Aberdeen franchise territory), Richard Bradshaw (Guildford franchise territory) and E...Read More
The Driver Hire franchise group is celebrating its listing in the UK’s top ten franchises. It’s come in at number 9 in the hot off the press 2019 Elite Franchise Top 100 list, Britain’s definitive franchise league table The Top 100 list celebrates the most dynamic, innovative and successful franchises in the UK. It is selected by six franchise industry expert judges and is based on financial performance, network size, franchisee support and the contribution the franchise makes to the local comm...Read More
Business partners, Richard Bannister and Jane Moses, have bought our established Driver Hire Coventry franchise. Previous owners, Tony and Linda Lucas, are retiring after seven successful years in charge. Both Jane and Richard have run their own businesses in the past. Jane’s business was in retail, but more recently she’s worked in sales, marketing and recruitment. Richard’s background is in catering. He owned and operated a chain of local sandwich shops in the Birmingham/Solihull area....Read More
Sonny and Avi Samra have bought Driver Hire’s Twickenham franchise recruitment business from long-standing owners, Bob and Monika McKinlay. Running their own business is going to be a big career change for both Sonny and Avi. Before opting to buy their Driver Hire franchise, Sonny worked in a management role for the Home Office and Avi was a primary school teacher. Avi, who has a degree in business studies, is certain that they have the right mix of skills to make a success of their new ventur...Read More
Mandeep and Sal Bassi are our latest franchisees to join the Driver Hire network. They’ve recently completed the purchase of our Leicester office from long-standing owners, Paul and Shirley McKenna. “We both felt it was time for a change. We’re really excited by the prospect of running our own Driver Hire franchise,” says Sal. “As with any business, it will be a challenge. We’re retaining the staff employed by Paul and Shirley so, together, we make a great team.” Mandeep added: ...Read More
Darshan Talwar likes working for Driver Hire so much, he’s become a joint owner and franchise partner of our Burton franchise territory office. Darsh has managed the business successfully for the past 18 months. “I love working for Driver Hire and am enjoying it even more now that I am joint owner and a shareholder in the business. Whilst I’d never really considered being my own boss, Driver Hire gave me the option to buy into the business at very favourable terms. It was a great opp...Read More
We’re pleased to welcome a new franchisee to our Driver Hire Luton franchise territory branch, Charanpreet Singh Parhar – Chaz for short. Charanpreet’s background prior to his new business venture in buying the Driver Hire Luton franchise, was that he worked in customer services for Paypoint Network Ltd. “I’d always wanted to work for myself,” says Charanpreet. “I like the idea of franchising because there’s support from the franchisor and therefore a greater chance of my new business succeedi...Read More