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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

Join One of the UK's Most Successful Franchises and Run Your Own £1m+ Franchise Within the Award-Winning Driver Hire Network

Established over 35 years ago, Driver Hire has become the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter and consists of 103 offices across the UK, supplying customers in a wide range of sectors nationwide.

Group of Driver Hire franchisees

Driver Hire is one of the UK’s most successful and highly respected franchise brands in the UK, they are:

  • Overall Winner – bfa Franchisor of the Year 2019
  • Driver Hire has been ranked as the No.1 Recruitment franchise in the Elite Franchise Top 100 List for 2018, 2019 and 2020, and is placed 3rd across all franchise companies.
  • Regular Finalist (13 out of the last 15 years) and six-times award winner in the bfa Franchisor of the Year awards

Our business reputation is built on the quality of service to both customers who need to find excellent staff and candidates who are looking for work. 94% of customers rated our service as Good or Excellent in our 2020 surveys and 96% of candidates said they were proud to work for Driver Hire. In a highly regulated industry, this reflects the high standards of professionalism from our franchisees and throughout our business.

Driver Hire Franchisor Award

Why choose Driver Hire?

Driver Hire are one of the UK’s leading specialist recruiters, providing logistics staff to the private and public sectors, consequently there are a number of reasons why joining us is a great idea!

Between 2017 and 2021:

  • The average yearly franchise turnover (single unit) was £1,059,644 – around three times the UK franchise industry average.
  • 61% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £750,000
  • 45% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £1million
  • 10% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £2million
  • The average yearly net profit for a franchised once was £130,000 between 2017/18 and 2020/21 and top performing franchisees generate significantly higher profits, giving you very realistic potential earnings well in excess of £100k per year.
  • We are full members of the British Franchise Association (bfa).
  • One of the leading logistics recruiters, so you can have every confidence in the service you are selling. Plus, you are providing a service for which there is a clear and growing demand.
  • Over 75 head once support staff when you need them, so you will never be alone in your business.
  • Access to National Accounts, delivering 20% of network revenue.
  • Bespoke IT systems which have been developed to support the needs of a Driver Hire business, giving you the best possible tools to succeed.

Driver Hire Franchisee standing outside HQ

What does Driver Hire do?

Since 1983, our 100+ franchisees have been supplying businesses and firms across the country with temporary drivers, as well as non-driving staff, for all sorts of needs; we are now the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, and proud to be a franchised business.

Our near 40 years of experience have made us one of the top companies for finding different businesses the staff they need for permanent positions (we work on a no-success, no fee basis), long-term contracts or simply drivers for one-off jobs.

We don’t focus purely on drivers; we regularly help find people for non-driving roles that come with haulage links, such as warehouse staff and managers.

With all of this comes our robust central support system that provides both new and established franchisees with the training and support they need to succeed. This starts with identifying people who are suitable for running a Driver Hire recruitment business, to providing a comprehensive training programme, before then providing a level of operational support which is unrivalled in the industry.

How much do I need to invest?

The Driver Hire franchise fee for a new start-up is just £32,000 however there are only a few remaining start-up areas available. If you are looking to invest in an established territory re-sale these start from £50,000. The minimum investment required is £60,000 and your minimum liquid capital amount should be at least £25,000.

Click HERE for more information on our available territories

Driver Hire Franchisees

What makes a great Franchisee?

Driver Hire franchisees come from all walks of life but there are personal traits that they all have in common; they are:

  • Personable
  • Tenacious
  • Driven
  • Good communicator
  • Can-do attitude
  • Consistency
  • Confident relationship builder
  • Effective people manager

Relevant industry experience is not necessary as we provide you with all the training you will need, however we do find that the following backgrounds can be beneficial:

  • Sales or Business Development
  • Operations Management
  • Past business ownership
  • Any other role where winning business was a requirement, e.g. self-employed contractor who has to pitch to win work or develop relationships to win future business.

See what some of our existing franchisees think HERE

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

The Driver Hire brand provides you with a huge advantage over the competition and is supported by a wealth of support from over 75 head office staff across several important departments. So if you can see yourself owning and running a Driver Hire office we want to hear from you today – we have a specialist inhouse Franchise Sales team ready to help you learn more.

Your Next Steps

The Driver Hire brand provides you with a huge advantage over the competition and is supported by a wealth of support from over 75 head office staff across several important departments. So if you can see yourself owning and running a Driver Hire office we want to hear from you today – we have a specialist in-house Franchise Sales team ready to help you learn more.

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Driver Hire Franchise Resales

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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Here's what some of our franchisees have to say...

Read what Driver Hire franchisees have to say about working with the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter!

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Driver Hire - Available Franchises Territories

Driver Hire is one of the UK’s top franchises – an established franchise which offers comprehensive training and dedicated support to each new franchisee. This article shows both their current start-up and our established franchise re-sales.

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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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This video talks to Driver Hire franchisees from all across the UK. The franchisees have all been with Drive Hire for various lengths of time and all come from a variety of backgrounds including retail, education, computer sales etc.

As well as looking at the background of the franchisees, the video examines what they consider to be the key factors to their success, why they decided to go down the franchise route, why they choose Driver Hire, how they have developed their franchise business, what are the benefits of being a Driver Hire franchisee, the challenges and rewards, what they most enjoy and their advice to anyone considering buying a Driver Hire franchise opportunity.

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