Preston partnership goes Platinum: Franchisee and Driver
It was a double celebration for both business owner and driver last month, as Simon Wright, owner of Driver Hire Preston, and Neil Scott, his ‘temporary’ driver, both reached 20 years service with Driver Hire.
Simon began his Driver Hire career as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant – and some years, he bought Driver Hire Preston because he “liked it so much!” During those first few weeks as a trainee, Simon took Neil onto the books and they’ve worked together ever since.
Simon recalls, “Neil was the very first driver I took on. So we go back a long way. Since Neil joined us, other than his statutory holidays, he’s only had five days off. Neil’s so popular with clients, it’s easy keeping him busy. After 20 years, Neil rather makes a mockery of the term ‘ temp’. As far as we’re concerned here at Driver Hire Preston – he’s a perm.”
You might say that two decades is quite something for a ‘temporary’ worker, but it’s the variety what’s kept Neil very happily driving for Driver Hire Preston for the past 20 years.
“You could say I’m a bit of a stayer,” says Neil. “I was a forklift truck driver at Booth’s, a local upmarket supermarket based in Preston. But they changed the shift patterns and it meant that I’d end up having different days off every week. I like my weekends with the family and watching football, so I popped into Driver Hire and they took me on straightaway.”
Over the past two decades Neil’s made the most of the variety of temping, doing van and 7.5 tonne work for a wide range of local businesses. “Because of the pandemic I’ve been doing a lot of work for pharmaceutical companies delivering to high street chemists,” he continues. “I’ve made a lot of friends at the places I’ve worked at. We keep in touch, go out for a beer every now and then. So as well was making a decent living, working as a temp as widened my social network.”
Pictured: Simon and Karen (husband and wife team) pictured in 2014 when they bought the Preston franchise. Neil Scott pictured last month with his long-service award and £100 vouchers, which were presented to him by Simon as a thank you for his dedication over the years.