A Sunderland-based vehicle rental business is set to reach £1m turnover in the coming year after launching a specialist division due to huge demand.
Rapidly-expanding Car2U has seen sales rise by 60% to £720,00 in the last year and the business has doubled its workforce as calls for its services grows. Having started in 2010 with just two staff the firm now has a headcount of 10 and plans to create another three jobs this year, off the back of its new division.
Car2U is a nationwide vehicle hire firm which provides dual-control cars, 4x4s and commercial vehicles with extras to organisations such as driving schools and accident management companies.
Demand for dual-control cars has doubled in the last year, prompting managing director Gill Frary to invest some £20,000 in the launch of Car2Instruct, a division dedicated to providing dual-control and short-term replacement vehicles for advanced driving instructors and pre-qualified driving instructors, as well as motoring schools.
The aim of the business, based at Southwick Industrial Estate in Sunderland, is to keep instructors on the road by reacting fast and being able to deliver vehicles within just two hours.
Frary said: “As our business has developed in the last few years, we have noticed a real growth in demand from motoring schools for dual-control vehicles. It has become such a huge part of Car2U’s business and, because we know customer service is paramount in the vehicle hire sector, we wanted to make sure that driving instructors up and down the country have easy and rapid access to replacement vehicles when they need them, hence we’ve set up Car2Instruct.
“This division of the business is really helping us to grow as there are very few similar companies around the UK and in particular in the North of England.
“We help to reduce loss of earnings and the associated worry of finding a replacement vehicle.”