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Lorraine Thompson, owner of the Oxford office of leading driver recruitment business, Driver Hire is an award winner. She was crowned South West & Wales Region 2011 bfa HSBC & lsquo;Franchisee of the Year’ at a gala dinner in Birmingham. The awards are supported by Express Newspapers.

The awards’ judges praised her commitment to setting standards in best practice and increasing the services offered by her office. Lorraine was also recognised for her partnership with a local prison which provides offenders with work experience prior to release.

Lorrainepurchased her franchise in 1995 and has grown the business to the extent that it now employs five staff and finds work for over 300 local people every week. On top of that she’s also launched a successful training business that provides industry essential driver CPC training. Since its launch, less than two years ago, it’s trained over 1,000 drivers.

“I was both shocked and delighted to win this award,” says Lorraine. “It’s a great recognition for the whole team of how far we have come over the past years. I love being a Driver Hire franchisee and get a buzz out of doing well. I’ve had a massive amount out of franchising – and continue to do so.”

Commenting on Lorraine’s award, Brian Smart, Director General, British Franchise Association (bfa), adds: “There were so many strong stories this year revealing the small businesses which have truly taken advantage of the franchise model to deliver success.”

The UK’s largest specialist supplier, 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 Hire will supply them with a suitable replacement.


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