Driver Hire in the medals at bfa awards

Driver Hire is in the medals again. The leading recruitment franchise collected silver in the 2017 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year awards, organised by the British Franchise Association.

The award judges were impressed by Driver Hire’s passion and commitment to ethical franchising, as well as its strong support network which helps ensure its franchisees succeed. Driver Hire has been shortlisted for the bfa Franchisor of the Year award for 11 of the last 12 years.

Founded in 1983, Driver Hire is currently celebrating its 30th year in franchising. Its nationwide network of over 100 offices supplies temporary and permanent staff to any business or organisation that operates commercial vehicles. As well as supplying staff, other services include driver training and driver risk management systems. It currently has 92 franchised offices covering the whole of the UK, from Inverness to Cornwall.

Chris Chidley, CEO at Driver Hire, commented: “For over 30 years we’ve been helping our franchisees to achieve great business success and excellent financial rewards. We realise that we work in a highly competitive market, and to be recognised as one of the best franchisors out there is a huge achievement. It will certainly help us recruit more franchisees and take the business to even greater heights.”

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa said: “Driver Hire’s achievement is truly inspiring and as judges, we couldn’t help but notice the team’s sheer dedication to its network of franchisees. We are excited to see how the business grows and shapes itself in the near future.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, added: “All finalists were exceptional and therefore selecting the winners was a difficult decision. I was genuinely impressed by Driver Hire and wish the team further success as they grow their business.”

Driver Hire shared the podium with national provider of homecare, Bluebird Care, who took gold, while cost management and procurement consultancy, Expense Reduction Analysts, took bronze.

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Notes to editors:

About The British Franchise Association:

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise sector. Franchise businesses must pass a standards-based accreditation before they can become a bfa member. The Association promotes ethical franchising practice in the UK and helps the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth.

About The British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards:

Running for nearly 30 years and established to celebrate franchisors across the UK, the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards look to recognise the very best franchise businesses, highlighting in particular franchisors who offer excellent employee support, company culture, innovation and commitment to franchising ethics.

Picture Caption, left to right: Pip Wilkins (bfa CEO), Andrew Hibbert (Driver Hire’s Network Development Director – Franchised Network), Lee Devenish (Driver Hire’s Network Development Director – Owned Network), Graham Duckworth (Driver Hire’s Franchise Sales Director), Jeremy Neale (Driver Hire’s Managing Director – UK) and Andrew Brattesani (UK Head of Franchising at HSBC).

For further information contact:

Dave Robbins, Driver Hire’s press office on 01274 361076 / 07849 437370

Kasia Baldwin, Driver Hire’s Franchise Marketing Manager on 01274 361073