Employ Recruitment UK, the logistics recruitment specialist, has completed a new acquisition, that brings together two driver recruitment agencies that place compliance and driver wellbeing at the centre of what they do. Employ Recruitment, based in the Midlands, but with national reach, has acquired Andover-based Drivers Relief! recruitment agency, strengthening their client base and coverage.
Since 1987, Drivers Relief! has supported clients in Andover, Amesbury and Salisbury with their supply driver needs. As a family-run, established recruitment agency, with an excellent reputation for its reliability and quality drivers, many clients have utilised their service for 35 years. Equally, Drivers Relief! has noteworthy driver retention rates with drivers working for them for well over 10 years and some from its very start. This has allowed drivers who have stayed with Drivers Relief! to share their in-depth knowledge and experience with those new to the agency.
As well as ensuring a good source of quality drivers, it is Drivers Relief! compliance processes and monitoring, that attracted Employ to the acquisition. Both agencies place compliance at the centre of what they do and ensure that accident, infringement, and incident rates are monitored. Employ and Drivers Relief! each use Driver Recruitment Software (DRS) which manages temporary driver recruitment that has all legislation built in, ensuring 100% compliance to manage such things as Working Time Directive and EU Drivers’ Hours.
Following the acquisition, the Drivers Relief! team including current Managing Director Jamie Stamp, son of founding director Fiona Stamp, will remain within the business.
Commenting on the acquisition, Employ Operation’s Director, Leann Lewis, said: “I am delighted with the acquisition of a trusted brand like Drivers Relief! whose business values closely match that of Employ’s. As we both put compliance at the forefront of what we do, it’s a perfect match for both companies strategically, culturally, and from a geographical perspective. In addition, Drivers Relief! have a proven track record of looking after their drivers which is perfect for Employ. We have always ensured are drivers are supported, including aspects such as their wellbeing.
This acquisition reaffirms our commitment to supporting the safety of our drivers which in turn reduces accidents and infringement rates for our clients. It also strengthens Employ’s national coverage of logistics recruitment which will increase client numbers and driver jobs.”
Fiona Stamp, original founder of Drivers Relief! added: “After 35 years, I’m delighted that Drivers Relief! will now be part of Employ Recruitment. We share the same focus on working with our drivers as individuals and ensuring that our customers receive the best care, service and compliance. Our family business is now part of a larger company which brings strength and new opportunities for the future. I’m looking forward to retirement, knowing that customers and drivers will enjoy a bright future.”
Knights PLC provided legal advice to Employ Recruitment UK, with Genesis Legal Services supporting Drivers Relief! on the deal.