Grimsby business driving forward with expanded recruitment services

By The Business Hive | Posted: 15 Feb 2018

It's been a whirlwind two years for the husband-and-wife team of Driver Hire Grimsby & Scunthorpe, and they're showing no signs of slowing down.

Jayne and Michael O'Flynn, Directors of the northern Lincolnshire branch of the transport recruitment specialists, are celebrating the two-year anniversary of taking over the business by  diversifying their recruitment services.

At an event for invited members of the local business community, the Driver Hire team, who are members of the Grimsby-based enterprise support club, the Business Hive, launched DH Recruitment - the provision of permanent staff for clients and partners in the wider logistics industry.

Michael O'Flynn said: “We're known for the provision of temporary staff, operating largely in the transport sector and for supplying reliable drivers with excellent customer service, but now we're expanding the scope of what we offer. We're working with businesses and partnering with training organisations to offer a complete service.”

Since buying the business in February 2016, Driver Hire have continued to supply temporary drivers to clients whilst analysing all areas of the agency. During the second year, the team focused on expansion through recruiting, moving to larger offices within Grimsby's Europarc Innovation Centre, collaborating with training partners and now, growing into permanent recruitment.

Jayne O'Flynn added: “We get a lot of requests for permanent placements as well as temporary, so now it's time to explore both. The business has grown by 35%, we have the room to grow and we've taken on new staff to enable us to develop the business even further.”

The latest recruit is Melissa Shaw who joins the team as a Sales Consultant. Melissa said: “I'm really enjoying working with the team. I'm still in the early stages of getting to know all the ins-and-outs of the job but I can't wait to get stuck in, catch up with clients and meet potential clients for the future.”

Driver Hire also provide training for their drivers and are making connections with key providers in the area. Ella Brown, Business Development Manager at Modal Training in Immingham attended the launch event. She said: “Not only are Jayne and Michael excellent at what they do, but they have a huge belief in staff development. We're excited to be working with them and supporting them in the future.”

2017 proved to be a successful year for the branch, with two award wins and a nomination. Driver Hire Grimsby & Scunthorpe won the Best HGV Provider award at the Yorkshire and Humber Enterprise Awards, and Jayne was named the Work Wise Women Business Woman of the Year. In May, the agency was nominated for the Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards 2017.

Sam Burgess, Manager at The Business Hive, said: “It’s great to see another one of our Business Hive Members diversifying and creating more jobs for local people. We will be able to support them going forward and we wish them every success with their new venture.”

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