Gary Riches, Driver Hire’s franchisee for Colchester, is celebrating an incredible first year in business. Since buying his resale franchise in late 2012, he’s gone from strength to strength.
Colchester was an already successful franchise when he took it over. Since then Gary and his team have more than doubled its turnover compared to the same period last year.
Their efforts have already been recognised by Driver Hire’s own senior management team – earlier this year Colchester were the nationwide network’s ‘Office of the Month’ accolade. And now they’ve received external acclaim; Gary has just heard that he is a finalist in the 2013 Startups awards in the category of Franchisee of the Year.
Now into their tenth year, the awards are run by Startups.co.uk, one of the UK’s biggest online platforms for people new to the world of self-employment. Startups provides advice and assistance for anyone interested in starting their own business, whether it’s a franchise or independent.
Commenting on his shortlisting, Gary said: “I have a very committed team here in the office, satisfied clients and drivers who we keep busy. I reckon that’s a good recipe for success. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be up for a national award in our first full year of trading.”
Driver Hire has 100 offices nationwide and is celebrating thirty years in business during the current financial year. It mainly provides temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sector.