Driver Hire Franchise

Driver Hire

Be your own boss and build a successful recruitment franchise with our expert help, support and training

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Are you looking to join a proven business? Find out everything you need to know about how you could join one of the UK’s most successful franchise brands here!

About Driver Hire

Established over 37 years ago, Driver Hire has become the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, supplying customers in a wide range of sectors nationwide.

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

Driver Hire is also one of the UK’s most successful and highly respected franchise brands:

  • Overall Winner - bfa Franchisor of the Year 2019
  • Ranked the No.1 Recruitment Franchise – Elite Franchise Top 100 List (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) Currently placed 9th overall
  • Regular Finalist (14 out of the last 17 years) and six-times award winner in the BFA Franchisor of the Year awards

Our business reputation is built on the quality of service to both customers who need to find excellent staff and candidates who are looking for work. 94% of customers rated our service as Good or Excellent in our 2020 surveys and 96% 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.

Why Choose Driver Hire?

There are several reasons to choose Driver Hire:

  • We are one of the UK’s leading specialist recruiters, providing logistics staff to the private and public sectors.
  • The average yearly turnover of a franchised office between 2017/18 and 2020/21 was £1,059,644 – around three times the UK franchise industry average.
  • Driver Hire has been ranked as the No.1 Recruitment franchise in the Elite Franchise Top 100 List for 2018, 2019 and 2020, and is placed 3rd across all franchise companies.
  • We are full members of the British Franchise Association (bfa).
  • For the last financial year, 2021/22:

    • The average 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

What Does Driver Hire Do?

We are the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, and proud to be a franchise business.

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.

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.

Franchise Benefits

  • The average yearly net profit for a franchised office was more than £140,000 and top performing franchisees generate significantly higher profits, giving you very realistic potential earnings well in excess of £100k per year.
  • 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.
  • Over 75 head office support staff when you need them, so you will never be alone in your business. 
  • Access to National Accounts, delivering 20% of network revenue.
  • Bespoke IT systems which have been developed to support the needs of a Driver Hire business, giving you the best possible tools to succeed.

Franchisee Requirements

Personal traits:

  • Personable
  • Driven
  • Can-do attitude
  • Confident relationship builder
  • Tenacious
  • Good communicator
  • Consistency
  • Effective people manager

Experience (Not all Key):

  • Sales or Business Development
  • Operations Management
  • Past business ownership
  • 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.


“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 Taunton franchisee.

“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 Colchester franchisee

“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 Wisbech & The Fens franchisee

“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 Gatwick franchisee

Financial Information

  • Franchise Fee: £32,000 (vacant, minimal areas available) & £50,000 to £600,000 (resales, majority of available areas are resale opportunities)
  • Minimum Investment: £60,000
  • Minimum Liquid Capital: £25,000

Driver Hire’s annual conference, back for the first time in two years, held at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, provided a perfect opportunity to celebrate an outstanding year for a whole host of franchisees and their offices.Nic Chaviaris collected the top award, ‘Franchisee of the Year.’ Also on the podium were: Jordan Tracey (Dundee & Perth) and Oliver Maxwell (Milton Keynes) who each won ‘New Start of the Year’ - the first time in Driver Hire history that two franchisees have won this category i...

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Driver Hire is clearly getting it right when it comes to both reliable service and value for money. That’s what its eighth annual ‘Proud Survey’ has revealed.Over 500 customers responded to the survey, and whilst ‘reliable service’ remains the top reason for using Driver Hire overall, more respondents than ever said they’d miss ‘personal contact’ the most if they weren’t using Driver Hire.An impressive 86% also rated value for money as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.As well as seeking the views of custom...

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Jordan Tracey has acquired the franchise rights for the Dundee and Perth franchise territory for the leading transport & logistics franchise recruiter, Driver Hire. 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 H...

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The recruitment franchise team at Driver Hire’s Stoke franchise territory are league leaders. And we’re not just talking locally; this is on a national franchise scale. They beat over 100 other Driver Hire dedicated franchise offices to top the table in a nationwide sales and recruitment competition. As a result, Driver Hire within the Stoke franchise territory franchisee, Paul Crossley, recently collected Driver Hire’s National Sales Day winners’ award for recruiting the most new clients and n...

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Mike Williams has purchased the Manchester South franchise territory for leading recruitment franchise Driver Hire.  Before deciding to become his own boss through franchising, over the past 20 years Mike has had an interesting and varied career. He joined the RAF straight from school; back in civvy street, he worked in sales, most recently for a waste management company. Along the way he’s also had previous experience of franchising, operating four highly successful Subway outlets in the...

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Sarah Parker likes working for Driver Hire within the franchise territory of Wakefield, the leading transport and logistics recruitment franchise company. In fact she likes it so much, she’s bought the franchise business for herself. A recruitment professional with 15 years’ experience, Sarah was branch manager for the previous owners. “I love working for Driver Hire and have wanted to buy the business for some time,” says Sarah. “I know how to run it; I know how successful it is. When the prev...

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Business partners, Richard Bannister and Jane Moses, have bought our established Driver Hire Coventry franchise. Previous owners, Tony and Linda Lucas, are retiring after seven successful years in charge. Both Jane and Richard have run their own businesses in the past. Jane’s business was in retail, but more recently she’s worked in sales, marketing and recruitment. Richard’s background is in catering. He owned and operated a chain of local sandwich shops in the Birmingham/Solihull area....

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Sonny and Avi Samra have bought Driver Hire’s Twickenham franchise recruitment business from long-standing owners, Bob and Monika McKinlay. Running their own business is going to be a big career change for both Sonny and Avi. Before opting to buy their Driver Hire franchise, Sonny worked in a management role for the Home Office and Avi was a primary school teacher. Avi, who has a degree in business studies, is certain that they have the right mix of skills to make a success of their new ventur...

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Mandeep and Sal Bassi are our latest franchisees to join the Driver Hire network. They’ve recently completed the purchase of our Leicester office from long-standing owners, Paul and Shirley McKenna. “We both felt it was time for a change. We’re really excited by the prospect of running our own Driver Hire franchise,” says Sal. “As with any business, it will be a challenge. We’re retaining the staff employed by Paul and Shirley so, together, we make a great team.” Mandeep added: ...

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Darshan Talwar likes working for Driver Hire so much, he’s become a joint owner and franchise partner of our Burton franchise territory office. Darsh has managed the business successfully for the past 18 months. “I love working for Driver Hire and am enjoying it even more now that I am joint owner and a shareholder in the business. Whilst I’d never really considered being my own boss, Driver Hire gave me the option to buy into the business at very favourable terms. It was a great opp...

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