THREE women have set up a driver recruitment firm which they hope will move into the fast lane on the strength of their 30 years of experience in the industry.
Paula Spedding, Lesley Donaldson and Claire Henderson created Drive2Recruit in Gateshead, which is offering recruitment solutions to companies looking for temporary and permanent drivers and other logistics staff.
The trio have a combined 30 years of experience in the industry and Paula has run her own business before. Lesley worked for a driving agency for 23 years and Claire has had four years of experience working as a recruitment consultant in the driving sector in the Newcastle and Sunderland area.
The start-up is being supported by £10,000 of funding and banking facilities from NatWest and the team project a turnover of £200k in their first year.
Paula Spedding, director, said: “It’s really exciting to be setting up our own business. All of us have different skills and experience we can offer the company and we all get on so well.
“We love the fact we are three women entering a traditionally male- orientated industry and we are all well used to dealing with HGV and van drivers, as well as transport companies.”
Graham Elder, senior business manager for NatWest said: “Paula, Lesley and Claire have got a real enthusiasm for the industry they work in and that’s one of the most important things to have when starting a business. These are exactly the types of people we are looking to support as a bank.”
NatWest and RBS have announced they are making £100m of new loans available for new and growing businesses in the franchise industry. They say the fund has the potential to finance up to 1,800 franchise businesses and 24,000 jobs nationwide, based on typical start-up costs and franchises typically employing 13 staff.
Tony Kelly, managing director of NatWest commercial banking in the North, said: “The industry has shown itself to be virtually recession-proof so, for many people left out of work by the recession, franchising is a great way to start up a business, plus they get the support of a big brand behind them.”