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RED Driving School

The UK's leading driving school helping thousands of new drivers get on the road each year
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Minimum Investment


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Business Type

Motoring Services

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Funding Support


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Total Investment

£2,200 (to train to full ADI qualification. Zero investment if already qualified)

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Franchise Fees

£235 per week if brand supplies car. £95 per week if using your own

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Expected Revenue After 2 Years

The average revenue of RED Franchisees is £43,768 pa after all fees and running costs (incl fuel) this nets down to just over £30,000 per year

About RED Driving School

RED Driving School has been helping people steer their career in the right direction and realise their potential of becoming a driving instructor for over 20 years. At RED, the company doesn’t simply rely on its heritage; it concentrates on delivering high-quality training and great support every step of the way.

Being a driving instructor is more than just a job. It is a profession that provides long term career prospects, unrivalled benefits and unlimited job satisfaction.

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most young adults, so there is always a demand for professional driving instructors who are able to deliver fantastic customer service. At RED, the brand teaches people the skills of safe driving for life and ultimately helps pupils to pass their test with the minimum of hassle.

RED has an impressive score of 4.8 out of a maximum 5-star rating and was recently awarded a Platinum Service standard from Feefo - based on the reviews from trainee driving instructors.

For those who join a course on a trainee licence the franchisor supplies up to 80 hours of training with a specialist instructor trainer and you will benefit from our back-office support throughout. This PDI Trainee Licence route allows you to earn as you are training and gives you a significant advantage in preparing for and passing the DVSA’s Part 3 test. As a trainee, you will be guaranteed the opportunity of a career with RED Driving School which is arguably the best driving school in the country.

You’ll be able to qualify at your own pace and be able to fit the programme around your existing commitments. The majority of people RED Driving School trains don’t have any previous experience, however, they do possess the drive and determination to be the very best at what they do.

How does the RED Driving School franchise model work?

Trainees pay RED for their training to become a driving instructor and can take on a franchise when they have passed their second of three DVSA driving instructor tests.

The training fees are refunded when you start working with RED as a driving instructor.

Each week a franchisee fee is paid to RED which is for a service that can even include a RED branded training vehicle. There is a small variable fee for new student introductions.

All student money is then passed on directly to the instructor. The more you work, the more you earn. On average RED instructors work 30 hours per week which allows them to achieve the work/life balance they require. The average income for these 30 hours is £875 per week.

What kind of driving instructors is RED looking for?

RED Driving School has now trained more than 10,000 ADIs and is the largest driving instructor training organisation in the UK.

The brand understands what it takes to succeed.

- Do you want to be your own boss and have a rewarding career?
- Do you like meeting new people?
- Do you enjoy driving and would you take pride in your teaching?

In addition, the franchise’s regulator, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) insists you will need:

- A full UK licence (or approved foreign licence) for at least three-and-a-half years.
- To have not been banned from driving in the last four years.
- To have no more than six points on your licence.
-To be a ‘fit and proper’ person (in the opinion of the DVSA).

What training and support does the RED Driving School offer?

RED will make sure that you receive all the support and guidance you need from our experienced trainers, and ensure you have the teaching and business skills to be a success. Some of the benefits of training with RED include:

- Flexible training to suit your needs and personal circumstances
-The course now includes up to 80 hours of training with a qualified RED Trainer for those who join our course on a Trainee Licence.
- Use of RED vehicles during your training sessions
- Help and support from in-house training advisers over the phone
- Access to RED’s online training, which includes state-of-the-art hazard perception systems
- A trainee licence opportunity: so you can earn while you complete your training
- RED also provides full business support to prepare you for success before you start your new career and on an on-going basis.

How much can you earn by becoming a RED Driving School franchisee?

1. Hours worked
RED Driving Instructors are working, on average, 30.5 hours per week.

2. Hourly rate
RED Driving Instructors attain an average net hourly rate of £28.89

3. Gross income
RED Driving Instructors average gross earnings of £875.37 per week, which is £43,768.50 on an annual basis (gross figure achieved by multiplying hours worked and hourly rate over a 50-week year).

What’s more, the top 29 per cent of RED Driving Instructors achieve a gross annual income of £50,000 or more.

4. Net income
Net weekly income is the amount that instructors earn after deducting their costs, but before any tax that may be due to HMRC.

5. Job satisfaction - RED removes the ‘stress and hassle’
The supply of new learners that is provided to RED Instructors, coupled with the day-to-day support available through RED’s Instructor Support team removes the ‘stress and hassle’ from the job and improves the ‘job satisfaction’ – as shown in the recent FBTC survey.

 84 oer cent of RED Instructors are ‘satisfied’ with their job
 36 per cent are ‘very satisfied’ with their job

6. What does the future hold?
88 per cent of RED Instructors surveyed expect that their income will increase or remain the same over the next 12 months.


Where is RED Driving School looking to franchise next?

All regions of the UK except Northern Ireland.

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