Driver Hire Nationwide, the specialist transport and logistics recruiter arm of the Specialist People Services Group, has two reasons to celebrate following the annual bfa (British Franchise Association) HSBC awards held in Birmingham on Thursday.

It picked up the main award of the night, being named overall ‘Franchisor of the Year’ for 2019. Driver Hire has collected many accolades over the years; this is the second time that the company has won the most prestigious award in the UK’s franchise industry.

The judges highlighted the company’s consistent excellence in franchising over many years, and appreciated, “an enviable training programme and onboarding process, as well as committing £3 million in technology in just three years to help the network thrive.”

In addition, Ed Pockney, owner of Driver Hire Uxbridge collected the 2019 ‘Franchisee of the Year’ award in the Business Transformation category. This award recognises second generation franchisees that achieve new levels of growth, profitability and efficiency. Ed has taken his franchise from the bottom end of the company league tables to a regular place in the top 20, having increased turnover six-fold in under five years

Chris Chidley, CEO of the Specialist People Services Group, said, “We are all really pleased for Ed and immensely proud to have won the Franchisor of the Year award for a second time. It’s testament to a lot of hard work from so many people across the Driver Hire network and to our commitment to doing business the right way. We’ve shared a very successful few years with our franchisees and this award is the icing on the cake.”