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Specialist Transport & Logistics Recruitment Company Takes Gold at Franchise Awards


Driver Hire Nationwide, the leading transport & logistics recruiter, has been named the UK’s top franchise at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2019, held in Birmingham at the end of June.

It picked up the main award of the night, collecting Gold in the Franchisor of the Year category.  Driver Hire has collected many accolades over the years, and this is the second time the company has won the most prestigious award in the UK franchise industry.

The judges highlighted the company’s consistent excellence and appreciated “an enviable training programme and onboarding process, as well as committing £3m in technology, in just three years, to help the network thrive.”

There was a further reason for celebration, with Ed Pockney, owner of Driver Uxbridge, collecting the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year in the Business Transformation category.  Ed has taken his franchise to a regular place in the top 20, having increased turnover six-fold in under five years

Chris Chidley, CEO of Driver Hire’s parent company Specialist People Services, said,

“We’re delighted to have won ‘Franchisor of the Year’, and for our ‘Franchisee of the Year’ winner, Ed Pockney. We were up against a wide range of industries including retailers, parcel delivery companies, contract cleaners and many more. It was great that Driver Hire, as sole representative of the recruitment industry, won the day. It’s testament to a lot of hard work from so many people across the Driver Hire network and to our commitment to doing business the right way.”


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