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Driver Hire is the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, supplying customers in a wide range of sectors nationwide.

Established in 1983, The Driver Hire network consists of 104 offices across the UK, all focused on supplying thousands of satisfied customers each year.

RUN YOUR OWN £1M+ FRANCHISE WITHIN THE AWARD-WINNING DRIVER HIRE NETWORK



Who is Driver Hire?


Driver Hire is also one of the UK’s most successful and highly respected franchise brands:
  • bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Silver Winner in 2022 and Gold Winner in 2019
  • Elite Franchise Franchisor of the Year 2023
  • Regular Finalist (15 out of the last 18 years) and a seven-times award winner in the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year awards

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Driver Hire's excellent reputation is based on the quality of service to both customers who need to find excellent staff and candidates who are looking for work. 98% of customers rated our service as Good or Excellent in our 2023 survey and 95% 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.

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.

Who is Driver Hire looking for?


Driver Hire franchisees come from all walks of life but there are personal traits that they all have in common; they are:
  • Personable
  • Driven
  • Can-do attitude
  • Confident relationship builder
  • Tenacious
  • Good communicator
  • Consistency
  • 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
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • 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


Why Choose Driver Hire?


Driver Hire is one of the UK’s leading specialist recruiters, providing logistics staff to the private and public sectors. For the financial year 2022/23, the performance of the franchised businesses was as follows:
  • Net profit for a franchised business (single office) was between 10% and 15% of turnover. Average turnover was £1.3m.
  • 73% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £750,000
  • 55% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £1million
  • 13% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £2million
  • Average yearly net profit more than £150,000
  • Top performing franchisee (single office) achieved £3m turnover

Additional reasons for considering Driver Hire include:
  • Elite Franchise Franchisor of the Year 2023
  • We are full members of the British Franchise Association (bfa)
  • Current Elite Franchise ‘Franchisor of the Year’ and bfa HSBC ‘Franchisor of the Year Silver Winner’
  • 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
  • We have over 70 head office support staff when you need them, so you will never be alone in your business
  • You will also have access to National Accounts, which deliver 24% of network revenue and our bespoke IT systems which have been developed to support the needs of a Driver Hire business, giving you the best possible tools to succeed.

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

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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 70 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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For the financial year 2021/22, the performance of the franchised businesses was as follows:
  • The average yearly franchise turnover (single unit) was £1,230,183 – around three times the UK franchise industry average
  • 73% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £750,000
  • 55% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £1million
  • 13% of Driver Hire franchises achieved sales of over £2million
  • Average yearly net profit more than £140,000
  • Top performing franchisee (single office) achieved £3m turnover

As you’d expect, profit levels will reflect your hard work, correct application of the franchise system, commercial skills, judgement, and market conditions. For example: at a £1m annual turnover, net profits should be in the region of 10% to 15% (i.e. £100k to £150k).

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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.

Funding of up to 70% is typically available from high street banks.

New Franchisees at Lincoln Recruitment Business

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“Over the last few years, at our appraisals, our boss asked us about our long-term plans,” says Peter. “We always said, when she decided to sell, we’d love to make the business ours. And now our dreams come true.”

The UK’s largest specialist supplier with a nationwide network of franchised offices, Driver Hire provides temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff to local and national organisations in both the public and private sector. If they’re short of staff – perhaps because of illness, holidays or seasonal demand – Driver Hire will supply them with a suitable replacement.

Before joining the Driver Hire Lincoln team, Peter, having successfully completed an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 diploma, was working on a farm and doing evening work in a bar. Christian joined Driver Hire in 2014 as a school leaver apprentice. Over the past eight years he’s learnt the recruitment business from bottom to top and is now eagerly looking forward to using that knowledge to take Driver Hire Lincoln to new heights.

“Our respective skill sets work really well together,” Peter continues. “We’ve got away to a flying start and there’s definitely more scope for us to develop the business further. We both love working for Driver Hire and now the business is ours it’s even more rewarding.”

Driver Hire Success Stories

Driver Hire Case Study: Jordan Tracey

February 15, 2022
Jordan Tracey, Franchisee of Driver Hire Dundee & Perth, is proving that age is no barrier in franchising. At the age of 23, Jordan has already progressed from Recruitment Consultant to Franchisee to bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Finalist – demonstrating that hard-work, determination, and ambition can take you a very long way.
Driver Hire Testimonials
I just love the business. I could see the potential and the idea of making it mine was an exciting one. I still feel the same. The big difference I’ve noticed is that, as your own boss, you really cherish success.
Diane Maxwell,
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Whilst the financial side is key, I just enjoy running a Driver Hire franchise. We’ve taken people who were unemployed on to our books and found them full-time jobs. That’s an amazing feeling. I love hearing a client say to me: “He’s perfect for the job, can I keep him?
Ed Pockney,
Driver Hire
I cannot recommend and thank Driver Hire enough for providing me with such an opportunity for a dream career and lifestyle. The support during the process, advise as well as guidance throughout my years with Driver Hire has been a key element to a great working partnership. They have the personable touch, yet a solid national brand that is associated with quality and expertise. Thank you to all at Driver Hire and to anyone thinking about it, don`t miss the opportunity!
Nic Chaviaris,
Driver Hire
Buying my franchise was the best career move I have ever made. I love the systems, quality control and high standards that Driver Hire embraces - follow the model, and it will work. I am very proud to be a Driver Hire Franchisee and delighted to have been able to renew my franchise agreement for another 5 years.
Amanda Jeffries,
Driver Hire
Operating at the £1m turnover mark, naturally I’m looking to grow the business even further to maximise its future sale price. The business has changed my life and my family life considerably compared to being employed. The business affords a good lifestyle, but you must put the work in at the start and have a good team around you to achieve this. It’s been a great move and I love what I do.
Gary Riches,
Driver Hire
Becoming a Driver Hire franchisee has absolutely changed our lives! I’ve gained all the benefits of being self-employed: the opportunity to run and grow our business, the freedom it can bring and the ability to make decisions for ourselves. It’s certainly given me things I wouldn’t have had if I’d stayed employed.
John Griffiths,
Driver Hire
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Find Out More About the Driver Hire Franchise

Find Out More About the Driver Hire Franchise

Driver Hire has been in business for over 35 years and has been franchising its award-winning business model since 1987. Driver Hire is well known in the industry as the UK’s leading supplier of drivers and logistics staff.
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Available Locations:
Franchise territories are available in key locations across the UK, and include start-up and resale opportunities.
Business Type:
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Minimum Investment:
£40,000
Financing Assistance
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