Driver Hire

Contact details

Member - Full
Employment, Training, Recruitment
Mr Graham Duckworth QFP
Driver Hire  
01274 361073
Bradford Business Park, Kings Gate, Canal Road, Bradford, BD1 4SJ

About Driver Hire

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Company Overview

Established for over 30 years, Driver Hire is a B2B management franchise in the vibrant recruitment sector. With over 100 offices nationwide, our franchisees specialise in supplying commercial drivers and other logistics staff to the private and public sectors. We provide high-quality temporary staff to cover holidays, sickness and longer contracts. We can respond to a staffing emergency, or help customers with strategic staff planning. With strong demand for our core services, additional revenue streams include permanent recruitment and training services (classroom based and online).

Franchise Overview

Driver Hire has been franchising since 1987 and currently has 100+ offices throughout the UK; 92 of these are franchised.

Driver Hire is part of the £31.5bn UK recruitment and staffing industry and the market for temporary drivers alone is estimated to be worth around £2bn.

In 2016/17 the average turnover for a Driver Hire franchised office, operating for the full year – was £1,106,427. This is almost three times the industry average – according the 2015 bfa and NatWest survey – of £378,400.

Driver Hire has also been a bfa / HSBC ‘Franchisor of the Year’ award winner three times and a finalist 11 times out of the last 12 years.

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Backing from private equity investor LDC has helped Driver Hire to support its innovative culture in the development of new products such as e-learning and dh License Check.

Driver Hire is part of the Specialist People Services (SPS) group, which also includes Driver Hire Training, Driver Hire Australia and ISS Labour.

Key Information

  • Network Size: Over 100 units
  • Franchise Type: Management
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £32,000 - £45,000
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £15,000
  • Franchise Location: Office-based
  • Market: B2B

To understand exactly what is, and what is not, included in this financial information, click here (opens in a new window).


Our intensive two to six week foundation Driver Hireprogramme, held at our Bradford head office, provides all the core knowledge needed to run a successful business, even if you are new to the industry.

Topics include important transport and recruitment industry legislation and all aspects of day-to-day operations, including finding and winning new customers, candidate recruitment, finance, marketing, IT systems, compliance and more.

Further ongoing training and updates are provided on a regular basis

Daily Life of a Franchisee

Every day is different. Typical tasks – depending on how the team is structured - will include sales calls and customer visits, interviewing candidates, holding team meetings and planning local marketing campaigns.

Our offices offer a 24/7 service. This doesn’t mean someone has to be based in the office round the clock, as staff normally take turns being on call.

Working in a Driver Hire office can be hectic, but, it’s always rewarding!

Driver Hire Case studies

  • Roy McLellan

    Driver Hire: Roy McLellan

    Roy McLellan is one of Driver Hire's newest franchisees, having acquired the Dundee & Perth business through a re-sale. The previous owners had bought the business 5 years ago and turned it into an extremely successful operation.

  • Jamie Williamson

    Driver Hire: Jamie Williamson

    Jamie Williamson recently purchased the Portsmouth franchise of one of the leading transport and logistics recruiter, Driver Hire.

  • David and Gina Quinn

    Driver Hire: David and Gina Quinn

    David Quinn is no stranger to working in sales or in the transport sector, having previously worked as a general manager for a commercial vehicle dealership, but that’s not necessarily why he chose Driver Hire...

  • John Griffiths

    Driver Hire: John Griffiths

    John Griffiths and his wife Alison have been steadily growing their recruitment franchise since March 2007. A successful and profitable business Driver Hire Taunton in 2016/17 was one of Driver Hire’s 48% of franchised offices that achieved a turnover of over £1m.

  • Andrew Padgett

    Driver Hire: Andrew Padgett

    In 1998 Andrew Padgett bought his Driver Hire start-up franchise. Andrew had never worked in recruitment or the logistics industry before, but felt his skills set neatly matched the skills needed to become a successful Driver Hire franchisee.

  • Ian Hinton
    Plan-it Cards Ltd - Franchisee case study

    In May 2001 Ian purchased a franchise which covered the Walsall & Wolverhampton area. A virgin territory, he found opening shops easy and opened one hundred accounts in his first month!

    Read the full case study View franchise details
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