£ 20,000 Minimum Investment
Driving Miss Daisy provides transportation services to elderly and disabled individuals and groups.
Travel & Leisure, Travel
Driving Miss Daisy is a companion driving service, providing transportation for elderly and disabled adults and children. Their service is focused on supporting people with a variety of special needs and helping to provide greater accessibility and mobility to everyday activities that might otherwise be inaccessible to them, including short journeys to local services, as well as long distance trips.
The headquarters for the Driving Miss Daisy Franchise are based in Portsmouth.
To start a franchise with Driving Miss Daisy, you will need to invest £20,000 plus VAT to cover the cost of your franchise fee and training. You will also need to purchase or lease your own liveried vehicle, that is adapted to meet the mobility needs of your customers. Franchisees will also need to pay a fee to their relevant local authority, register as a licensed driver, and should ensure they have enough liquid capital to allow sufficient time for the business to be established.
Funding support may be available from the franchise department of most major high street banks. Driving Miss Daisy also has financial packages organised with several major financial bodies, that can provide funding up to 70 per cent of the total investment required, depending on individual financial history.
There are territories available across the UK in selected locations. The average territory for a standard franchise encompasses a target population of approximately 50,000 people, allowing an ample market size to allow the franchise to grow. Currently, the business is looking for franchise owners in Eastbourne, Arun, South Lakeland, Bournemouth, West Somerset, West Dorset, Teignbridge and Scarborough. There may also be other territories available – to find out more, get in touch directly with the brand.
The franchise does not require a business premise, and the general administrative tasks can be handled from a home office.
A Driving Miss Daisy franchise can be run as a managerial or operational franchise, depending on the experience, background and preferences of the individual franchise owner. Those with previous management experience may choose to run the franchise with a fleet of vehicles and employed drivers, while first time business owners often choose to provide the service themselves while they establish themselves.
You do not need previous management experience, or experience in working in transportation. Driving Miss Daisy provides full training for all franchise owners to help them establish themselves. To be a successful candidate for a franchise with the company however, you should be enthusiastic, friendly and caring, with a passion for helping people.
When you start your franchise with Driving Miss Daisy, you’ll undergo a complete training programme. This begins with a three day course with the company, that covers an overview of the business, its values and how it operates, as well as how it communicates its brand message across different channels. The training also includes insight into business operations and client services, and how to run and manage the franchise on a day to day basis.
Franchisees also undergo practical training for providing specific services for clients with special requirements, including learning how to safely handle wheelchairs and what to look for in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, and a first aid certification.
As a large portion of clients using a Driving Miss Daisy service are elderly users, many will have early on-set dementia. All franchise owners are subsequently trained to be aware of dementia and understand how to support people’s needs effectively, so the company provides Dementia Friend training, in addition to the overall business training programme.
The company provides comprehensive business, marketing and IT support to enable all their franchise owners to thrive and succeed – at the outset of starting your franchise, you will receive a complete operating system and operational manual with detail on all aspects of the business. You will also have access to the client services team, who can take calls from potential clients and pass leads on, as well as being allocated a dedicated business mentor, who can coach and support franchisees through all stage of the business.
The brand also carries out regular national marketing campaigns to help raise awareness for franchises across the country, and also organises national and regional meetings, to foster peer support across franchise networks.
Many existing franchisees have found that starting a business with Driving Miss Daisy has been a rewarding and profitable career. As an established franchise, the brand has a successful business model that enables franchisees to achieve their potential with the support of a wider partnership.
The market for the brand’s services is also continually growing one, providing plenty of opportunity to thrive – with over 18 million people aged over 65 in the UK, the ageing population is the largest demographic for its services, with growing demand amongst elderly people, as well as their families, and the need for transportation and accessibility is greater than ever.
To start a franchise with Driving Miss Daisy, contact the brand directly by completing the online form for further information. Following an initial conversation, you will then be invited to meet with their business development team to assess your suitability as a potential franchisee, as well as giving you the chance to ask any questions and find out more about how the franchise operates. For more information, reach out to the company directly using the form on this page.
For further information, enquire today!
For further information, enquire today!
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