It’s been a busy start to 2013 here at Driver Hire and we’re very pleased to welcome six new franchisees to the network:
Driver Hire Bournemouth: Arjindar and Balraj Dusanjh
This is a real family business! Balraj, accompanied by his father, Jasbir and uncle Davinder, came across Driver Hire on a visit to the Franchise Exhibition. There they mey Gee Bains our London South East franchisee, who extolled the value of a Driver Hire franchise. Following their own research, they decided to invest. The office is now run by the brothers Arjindar and Balraj with assistance from their father and Davinder.
Driver Hire Derby: Jon Bell
You could say that Jon is used to the ups and downs in business; you see he and his wife used to hire out bouncy castles! For the past nine years Jon’s ‘proper job’ has been a corporate relationships manager in business banking. He took voluntary redundancy in 2012 and decided to go it alone. “I originally looked at a Driver Hire franchise in 2009,” says Jon. “But then I got promoted, so everything was put on hold until now! I selected Driver Hire because it’s well established, I like the sector and the fact that it’s B2B.”
Driver Hire Slough: Tejwant Karir
Tejwant is, as far as we’re aware, the first atomic weapons expert to become a Driver Hire franchisee, Having completed a Masters Degree in Engineering and Business management, Tejwant worked for the Ministry of Defence. He subsequently worked as a Project Manager/Planner at the Inland Revenue and, most recently, for a local design and build contractor. “I narrowed my search down to two franchises; Subway and Driver Hire. I think with a retail franchise you’re reliant on footfall. Because Driver Hire is B2B, you’ve more control over how the business develops.”
Driver Hire Swansea: John Bevan
The Danish army inadvertently led John Bevan to Driver Hire. John was in a serious collision with one of their vehicles. As a result he took voluntary redundancy from his job as Head of Business & management studies at a local college of further education. “I was looking for a business I could run with my son, Richard. Something that was future proof with plenty of opportunity for growth. Driver Hire ticked all the boxes.”
Driver Hire Wakefield: Craig and Danny Shuttleworth
There’s a new team at Wakefield. Brother’s Craig and Danny both jumped at the opportunity to buy the existing Wakefield office and are looking forward to further building the business. Craig will be responsible for running the office on a day-to-day basis with assistance from Danny. Before deciding to buy a Driver Hire franchise, Craig was Operations Manager for an office services company and Danny worked as a fireman.
Driver Hire Walsall: Adrian Underwood
Adrian previously worked as a project manager, working on major IT projects for Lloyds Bank and defence electronics experts EADS. “All the projects I worked on had a finite time scale. This was a little unsatisfying. So I started looking for my own long-term ‘project’. I also wanted to benefit directly from all the effort I put in. All of which led me toward self-employment – and franchising.” Adrian will be joined in his new venture by his his wife, Kate.