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Driver Hire Franchise

Driver Hire is a recruitment franchise supplying drivers and logistics staff to both private & public sectors. "Franchisor of the Year 2019" winner.

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At a Glance

Established: 1997

UK Presence: Over 100 offices nationwide

Start Up Cost: £45,000

Min personal contribution: £16,000

Development type: Single-unit franchises

BFA Status: Full

Franchise Info

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Be the driving force in your own life & build upon our franchise success

Driver Hire is truly an exceptional franchise opportunity for those looking to reap the rewards for their efforts. In 2018/19 our average turnover for a single unit was £1,214,978 which is over 3x the UK’s franchise industry average.

As a Driver Hire franchisee you will manage a recruitment office specialising in the provision of temporary drivers and candidates to businesses in the logistics sectors with their own fleet of vehicles or a warehouse.

We’ve been in business since 1984 and franchising since 1987 so we’re an established award-winning brand you can trust.

Ideally, you will have management and sales experience with a strong motivation to provide the highest level of customer service to your candidates and customers. We can teach you all you need to know about recruitment and the logistics sector that we operate in.

Driver Hire Franchisor Award

Franchisor of the Year 2019

Driver Hire is the 2019 winner of the British Franchise Association (bfa) / HSBC ‘Franchisor of the Year’ award. We have now won an award in this category six times and been a finalist 13 times out of the last 14 years. This is a feat no other franchise brand can match.

According to the bfa ‘Franchisor of the Year’ award winners must;

“Demonstrate a passion and commitment to ethical franchising, evidence strong infrastructure and support for their network, ensuring franchisees have the best environment to succeed and reach their full potential.”

Driver Hire Franchisee standing outside HQ

Why a recruitment franchise?

The recruitment sector continues to grow and in 2017/18 it was measured by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) to have a total industry turnover of £35.7 billion, an 11 per cent increase year-on-year. The REC also forecasts that industry turnover will grow by 4.5 per cent in 2019/20 and by 5 per cent in 2020/21.

Job satisfaction and variety are key aspects that our franchisees value being part of the Driver Hire network and working in recruitment certainly provides that.

“Whilst the financial side is key, I just enjoy running a Driver Hire franchise. We’ve taken people who were unemployed on to our books and found them full-time jobs. That’s an amazing feeling. I love hearing a client say to me: “He’s perfect for the job, can I keep him?”

Ed Pockney – Franchisee at Driver Hire Uxbridge

Driver Hire Franchisees


As you’d expect from a leading franchise, we will provide you with a comprehensive support package, helping you to plan, launch and develop your franchise business to its maximum potential.

This includes;

  • National Sales, Marketing & PR, IT (helpdesk & software), HR, Business Planning, Financial Planning, Compliance
  • Dedicated Area Development Manager to provide ongoing support to help you grow your business
  • Driver Hire's bespoke IT system for client and candidate management
  • 4-6-week Foundation Training Course
  • £1,000 of marketing materials to help boost your business

What our franchisees have to say...

Driver Hire Franchisees

“Becoming a Driver Hire franchisee has absolutely changed our lives! I’ve gained all the benefits of being self-employed: the opportunity to run and grow our business, the freedom it can bring and the ability to make decisions for ourselves. It’s certainly given me things I wouldn’t have had if I’d stayed employed.”

John Griffiths, Taunton & Bridgwater

“I just love the business. I could see the potential and the idea of making it mine was an exciting one. I still feel the same. The big difference I’ve noticed is that, as your own boss, you really cherish success.”

Diane Maxwell, Belfast

“My Driver Hire franchise has helped me develop a great business, work with some great people and deliver some great returns for my family.”

Manjit Singh, Enfield

Key areas:

  • Bath
  • Birmingham South & Warwick
  • Chesterfield, Worksop & Retford
  • Newport
  • Northern Ireland (West)
  • Truro

*Even if these specific areas are not of interest, please do contact us because there may be some unadvertised ‘confidential’ sales available too.

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Case Studies

Case Study
New franchisees at Peterborough recruitment business

Driver Hire Peterborough has new owners, husband and wife team, Brian and Lin Kilroe. They’ve bought the business from long-standing franchisee, Ged Sanderson. “We had some money to invest in the UK and were looking for a new challenge. We visited several Driver Hire offices across the UK and concluded that it is a fantastic, well structured business with a strong brand within the industry.”

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Interview with Driver Hire's Andrew Padgett, with over 20 years experience!

We have an exclusive interview with Andrew Padgett, franchisee for Driver Hire, the silver award winner of "Franchisor of the Year 2017". Andrew has been running his Driver Hire franchise in Ashford and Tonbridge for over 20 years, and so who better to give us an insight into Driver Hire, the UK’s leading supplier of temporary and permanent staff to the driving and logistics industry, and why they are one of the UK’s leading franchise companies.

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Exclusive interview: "I have built a thriving business thanks to Driver Hire"

The transport and logistics sector is often viewed as a ‘man’s world’, but Driver Hire’s Belfast franchisee Diane Maxwell has certainly illustrated how a woman can build a business and reap the rewards. Her 2013/14 turnover was just short of £1.5m - in this once male dominated industry. To see why she is so successful...

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Case Study
Leading transport and logistics recruiter, Driver Hire, has new franchisee

Gary Riches has purchased the Colchester franchise of leading transport and logistics recruiter, Driver Hire.

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Franchisee a strong believer in Driver Hire

Jim Richards has been a Driver Hire franchisee in Birmingham for over ten years. A strong believer in job satisfaction - the fact that every day at Driver Hire is different coupled with the flexibility that comes from being your own boss - means he’d definitely do it all again!

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Case Study
Managers buy in to the Driver Hire franchise success story

Managers at Driver Hire offices in Belfast and Cambridge like the businesses they’ve been running so much, they decided to buy them. Collectively they have just short of 25 years’ experience of Driver Hire so they clearly know their offices inside out – and its business potential.

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New Franchisees at Leeds recruitment business

Husband and wife team, Tim and Fiona Hennah have bought Driver Hire’s Leeds West recruitment office.

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Jordan Tracey has bought the Dundee and Perth franchises of leading transport & logistics recruiter, Driver Hire.

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The recruitment team at Driver Hire’s Stoke franchise are league leaders. And we’re not just talking locally; this is on a national scale. They beat over 100 other Driver Hire offices to top the table in a nationwide sales and recruitment competition.

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Sarah Parker likes working for Driver Hire Wakefield, the leading transport and logistics recruitment company. In fact she likes it so much, she’s bought the business. A recruitment professional with 15 years’ experience, Sarah was branch manager for the previous owners.

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Mike Williams has purchased the Manchester South franchise of leading recruitment franchise Driver Hire. Before deciding to become his own boss, over the past 20 years Mike has had an interesting and varied career. He joined the RAF straight from school; back in civvy street, he worked in sales, most recently for a waste management company. Along the way he’s also had previous experience of franchising, operating four highly successful Subway outlets in the Manchester/Oldham area.

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Driver Hire franchisees in Guildford and Lincoln have both renewed their agreements with Driver Hire – the leading transport & logistics recruitment franchise. Sarah Matthews (Driver Hire Lincoln) and Richard Bradshaw (Driver Hire Guildford) have enjoyed outstanding trading over a sustained period since buying their businesses.

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