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Successful Logistics Recruitment Business Covering Carlisle & Cumbria For Sale

Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
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Driver Hire is the UK's largest specialist logistics recruiter, with over 100 offices nationwide.

The demand for temporary drivers in the UK is vast, making the industry worth between 3b-£4b. With Driver Hire's established and running Carlisle branch up for sale, this is your chance to get a slice of the pie!

This is a large territory, consisting of the CA1-28 postcodes, and primarily supplies temporary workers (e.g. drivers) to a wide range of clients across many sectors.

Established for over 30 years, Driver Hire has found success as a recruitment business due to its proven formula, combining a market-leading brand name, robust business systems and comprehensive training & support. In fact, Driver Hire is one of the UK's top management franchises, winning its sixth prestigious bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year award in 2019 (Gold). Other awards include:
- Top recruitment franchise in the Elite Franchise Top 100 list for 2018, 2019 and 2020 (and placed 3rd across all franchise brands).
- Winner for 'Best Franchisee Marketing Support' in 2016.
- Winner for 'Best Website' in 2019.

As the new Driver Hire Carlisle franchise business owner, you'll specialise in providing staff & services to the transport & logistics sector, serving professional clients to both private and public organisations. Customer sectors are very wide-ranging and include:
- Haulage
- Parcel delivery
- Retail
- Construction
- Oil and gas
- Recycling
- Local councils, to name a few.

The number of potential customers for our franchisees is huge. Essentially, any company operating a fleet of vehicles could benefit from the transport services & drivers supplied by Driver Hire. The current turnover high for this area is £750,000, but there is no reason why this can't one day hit the £1m mark!

Since 2017:
- 45% of Driver Hire franchises have achieved annual sales of over £1million.
- 61% achieved average annual sales of over £750,000.
- 82% achieved average annual sales of over £500,000.
- The average franchise full year turnover (single unit) was £1,059,644.

Financial details and profit figures re. Driver Hire Carlisle can be provided following an initial conversation.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact the seller through the form at the bottom of the page.

Property Information


This is an office-based business and will require the new owner to find a suitable serviced office to operate from.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

Despite Driver Hire being the UK's largest specialist provider, it still holds a relatively low market share - there is plenty of room for expansion! For example, the huge increase in home shopping has stimulated demand for multi-drop delivery drivers.

In addition to supplying temporary staff (drivers and non-driving staff), Driver Hire franchisees can generate revenue from providing permanent staff, delivering classroom-based driver training and selling further complimentary products and services, e.g. online driving licence checks and online learning modules.

Competition / Market:

The recruitment sector (including logistics recruitment) is a thriving and competitive market. Our franchisees benefit from an extremely strong brand, proven business processes and extensive support. Combined with the hard work, motivation and commitment of the franchise owner, Driver Hire has a competitive edge which ensures its franchisees consistently succeed. As mentioned in the General Summary, the average full year turnover of a Driver Hire business (single office) between 2017-21 was over £1m.

Reasons for selling:

This particular Driver Hire branch is currently operated by the Franchisor from its head office, which is a long distance from the Carlisle area. The franchisor seeks a suitable owner for this business who resides in the area or is willing to relocate.

Trading hours:

Typical office hours: 8am to 4.30pm
Out of hours phone required.

The business is currently operated within the Driver Hire owned network, and includes one experienced member of staff.
Years established:

Franchise Information

Franchise opportunity:

Franchise Resale

Franchise terms:

5-year franchise agreement, renewable every five years with a nominal fee of £750 + VAT.

Other Information

Support & training:

As you would expect from a leading franchise, Driver Hire provides a comprehensive support package, helping you to plan, launch and develop your business to its maximum potential.

The initial training includes a two-week Foundation Course and, typically, at least two weeks in a Driver Hire office - helping you get off to a flying start. Once you take over the business, and over the coming months, you will be guided and supported through a Franchise Support Programme (by your allocated Driver Hire Area Development Manager).

Support from the various Driver Hire head office teams (c 75 staff) is available during offices hours: marketing, national accounts, IT, finance, compliance, and HR.

In addition, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn from fellow franchisees, through regional meetings, Driver Hire's online forum, and simply from talking over the phone (especially with your neighbouring franchisees).

Driver Hire is a full British Franchise Association member and Graham Duckworth, Driver Hire's Franchise Sales Director, holds the bfa's 'Qualified Franchise Professional' certification.

Financing available:

To be discussed.

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