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No recruitment or transport experience necessary - 4-6 week foundation course covers recruitment, marketing, finance and regulations. Receive up to 70% funding support – utilise the award-winning franchisor’s strong relationship with banks. Lucrative national account leads make up 20% of annual sales revenue – additional revenue streams include driver training and online license checking services. Average annual turnover of is £1.2 million.
About Driver Hire
The Driver Hire franchise is an award-winning recruitment provider of drivers and logistics personnel in the United Kingdom to both the private and public sectors. Driver Hire franchises provide temporary and permanent drivers and other staff to the road transport and logistics industry to cover for holidays, illness or peaks in demand.
The clients will typically have their own fleet of vehicles. It also provides permanent recruitment services to employ new staff with a “no-success, no-fee service guarantee”. Driver Hire can support the hiring of managerial staff due to specialist experience throughout the UK.
Due to the nationwide size of the franchise, it can deliver a centralised national accounts service to satisfy the requirements of the bigger national and regional clients.
The Driver Hire franchise also goes beyond the provision of driving services: it has the connections in the industry to secure other personnel, such as driver’s mates and warehouse staff. The service is provided in the context of a growing market: the UK temporary driver market is worth an estimated £2.2bn annually and the UK transport and logistics market is worth £32bn annually (financial year 2016/17).
A new franchise will need to be in operation 24/7 and you will have to prepare for all eventualities, including drivers being off sick or on holiday.
Established over 30-years, the 2019 bfa HSBC ‘Franchisor of the Year’, Driver Hire is a sector leader and highly respected in the franchise industry.
How does the Driver Hire franchise work?
The Driver Hire franchise offers industry-leading support to its franchisees so that they can grow their businesses and deliver an excellent service. Driver Hire franchises have to be run from office premises: it cannot be a home-based franchise due to the scale of the operation.
The head office team consists of 80 members of staff, which means that there is a staff ratio of one support person for every two offices.
In addition, as the businesses are owned locally, customers receive full personal attention. As the Driver Hire franchise has sophisticated IT systems and business networks, the service provided throughout the UK is consistent in terms of standards and legal compliance.
A further unique aspect of the Driver Hire franchise is its combination of centrally organised sales and marketing and local implementation, which covers PR, telemarketing, national sales day incentives, direct mail campaigns and online advertising on the company’s website and on social media. The individual franchisees benefit from this wealth of material and support, but they drive the marketing on the local level and this is vital for the success of each unit. Each franchise has its own “microsite” on the larger company website. The franchisees control these smaller sites and potential employees can apply locally for jobs.
Why do customers choose the Driver Hire franchise instead of other driver hire companies?
In addition to the high quality and care brand reputation that has been established over a 30-year period, the Driver Hire franchise is part of a temporary drivers’ industry that is worth more than £2bn, so there is strong demand for the service.
The Driver Hire franchise benefits from additional sources of income, including Driver Hire Training and Driver Hire eServices. These are profitable brands in their own right that offer driver CPC training in the classroom, as well as online licence checking services, driver profiling, in-vehicle coaching and driver workshops.
Franchisees receive comprehensive support prior to launching their business, as well as help with signage and all the interior fittings and equipment. This support extends to staff recruitment, business planning and developing a client base. The central office will provide support with business intelligence and market trends.
The Driver Hire franchise package also includes all the computer software you will require for everyday tasks, giving you access to MS Office, a central invoicing system and Sage payroll.
The Driver Hire franchise has a culture of incentives in the form of competitions and prizes. The company’s culture also encourages cooperation between franchisees in the form of frequent regional meetings and an annual National Conference.
What are the roles and responsibilities of Driver Hire franchisees?
Driver Hire is looking for franchisees who are good communicators and are able to persuade customers and build relationships. Ultimately, the ability to sell products will be crucial as the company is a sales-focused organisation with a lot of customer contact. Prospective franchisees will have to have good organisational skills, too, with the discipline to follow industry legislation. Potential franchisees will need an elementary knowledge of IT and some basic finance skills. They will not require experience of recruitment or transport as full training will be given.
How much does a Driver Hire franchise cost?
The basic franchise fee to set up a Driver Hire franchise, in a vacant territory, is £32,000. This sum includes support, as you prepare and plan your business, and six weeks of basic training for the franchisee and their employees. It also includes launch support (including £1,000 of marketing material). Driver Hire recommends investing an additional £8,000 to cover office furniture, signage and professional fees. Driver Hire will charge franchise fees of 8 per cent of gross turnover.
A franchise resale depends on the individual business, its trading history, profitability and future potential for development. Historically, prices have ranged from £40,000 to £500,000.
Can franchisees expect initial financial support?
Yes, franchisees can receive funding of around 70 per cent if they wish, as Driver Hire has strong relationships with all the main UK banks (you may be asked to provide security). Alternatively, the government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme may be applicable.
What does the Driver Hire recruitment process involve?
Driver Hire’s franchise sales team work closely with prospective franchisees to ensure that it is the ‘right business’ for them. During the decision-making process, they are encouraged to visit franchisees, visit Driver Hire’s head office and meet senior members of the Driver Hire team. Its franchise sales team also aid with financial and legal aspects, business planning, sourcing premises and staff recruitment.
Driver Hire is an ethical franchisor. When it comes to final decision-making, prospective franchisees are given space and time to consider their options.
Can I change my mind?
Yes, Driver Hire will give you the space and time to do your research on the company, talk to other franchisees and decide whether you want to proceed.
Do I need an accountant?
New owners enjoy the support of a national accounts team who process central contracts. This is supported by a system of compliance so that you maintain standards expected in the business.
What training is included?
Training consists of a four-to-six-week foundation course which includes a significant amount of hands-on training. It covers themes, such as how to find and retain customers, recruitment, transport rules and regulations, finance, IT systems and so on.
Subsequently, new franchisees can expect a specialised support programme that will last for six months. They also have the opportunity to spend two weeks at a Driver Hire office to observe the day-to-day reality of running a Driver Hire franchise.
Each franchisee is guided by an area development manager who offers mentoring and practical support aimed at your specific requirements in an ongoing capacity. Progress will be monitored by a financial planning and analysis manager who will also give you advice on future strategies.
When might I return a profit?
Most Driver Hire franchises can expect to make a turnover of around £700,000 in the first year. The average annual turnover of a Driver Hire franchise is £1.2m and the average annual profit of an established Driver Hire franchise is £140,000.
Are there currently any Driver Hire franchises for sale?
After 30-plus years of successful trading, the Driver Hire network is mature, with only a very few greenfield sites available. However, the natural lifecycle of franchising means that there are always well-established offices coming onto the market. A list of current franchises for sale can be found on the Driver Hire website, or alternatively, use the contact form on this page to enquire further.
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