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Summary
Combat isolation and lack of mobility in your local community by owning a flexible and home-based franchise.

Driving Miss Daisy

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£25,000
  Training Provided:
  Home-based:
  Part time:

Full Description


Driving Miss Daisy Franchise

Driving Miss Daisy offers a safe, friendly and reliable driving and companion service for anyone who is unable to drive but wishes to remain independent.

We’re looking for caring, compassionate and business-minded people to open new services in the Midlands, West Country, North of England or anywhere in the UK that might require a considerate transportation service.

If you live in an area that you think might benefit from a Driving Miss Daisy service and are interested in owning your own home-based business with low investment costs, then please read on and fill in the form below.

What does being a Driving Miss Daisy franchisee entail?

Our franchisees provide companionship and transportation that is adapted to meet the individual needs of older people, children, people with autism or learning disabilities, as well as those with physical disabilities or other health needs… we even take pets to the vet!

Some typical journeys include:

  • Accompanying people to weddings and family events.
  • Day trips to the seaside and tourist attractions with groups.
  • Trips to the hospital.
  • Airport and seaport runs.
  • Trips down memory lane, taking people back to their school or an important place in their personal history.
  • Taking someone shopping and stopping in a local cafe.

Where are there available territories?

At the moment, we’re looking to find new franchise owners for the following regions:

  • Eastbourne
  • Arun
  • South Lakeland
  • Bournemouth
  • West Somerset
  • Rother
  • West Dorset
  • Isle of Wight
  • Teignbridge
  • Ryedale
  • Scarborough

If you think your area might benefit from a Driving Miss Daisy service and isn’t listed above, please do still get in touch, as we’re always looking for new communities.

Is there a demand for this type of service?

With medical advancements people are now living longer and figures are showing that the UK has an ageing population. With an already-stretched care system, there are more and more elderly people that find themselves isolated and without the means to remain mobile.

Aside from the elderly, there is also a large section of the UK public that have disabilities and are currently relying on relatives, ambulances or the few accessible taxis that have been adapted for specialist needs. These can range from wheelchair users who may need an adapted car to suit their mobility needs to those people that have learning difficulties and may need extra help in certain social situations.

Greg Blezard, CEO, commented on the importance of enabling mobility for everyone: 

“Keeping people physically and mentally active within their communities is at the heart of what Driving Miss Daisy does; especially when you consider that 38% of young disabled people feel lonely most days and that social isolation is associated with a higher risk of early death in older people. We want to give everyone the chance to achieve their wish list and feel safe getting there, regardless of their age, mobility or any mental illnesses they may have.” 

In addition to the statistics surrounding mobility, isolation and an ageing population, we have also seen an unprecedented demand for services in certain areas, and already have potential clients on a database just waiting for someone to open a franchise in their area.

How much is the investment?

To open a Driving Miss Daisy franchise, you’ll need to invest £20,000 + VAT.

You will also need to purchase a liveried, fit-for-purpose vehicle. Finance options are available.

As the business can be home-based your initial overheads will be low.

What support do franchisees receive?

Marketing

  • Production of standard and bespoke marketing collateral.
  • Social Media Training.

Client Services Centre

  • Call handling of client enquiries.
  • Business Mentoring

  • Company Set-up.
  • One-to-one support during the initial start-up phase.
  • Registration with HMRC for Corporation Tax, VAT and PAYE.
  • Introduction to key accounts.
  • Training

  • Extensive introduction to the company and its processes.
  • Manuals.
  • First aid.
  • Dementia friend.
  • Tailored Customer Relationship Management System

    Who is the right person to be a franchisee?

    If you don’t have any previous experience of running a business, don’t worry! Driving Miss Daisy franchise owners just need to be determined and passionate about what they do.
    Offering a trusted service with which our clients can feel safe is at the heart of what we do and so we ask that franchisees radiate honesty, integrity and compassion.

    Above anything else, Driving Miss Daisy franchisees must have a caring attitude towards others, excellent interpersonal skills, patience and an enthusiasm for making people’s lives better.

    “To run a Driving Miss Daisy franchise you need to be community spirited. If this business is run well you’ll get a lot of satisfaction with it and a great return on investment. It’s great to be autonomous but still have a support system around you to help if you get stuck.”

    – Carolyn, Hayling Island

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    Franchise
    Min Investment
    25000
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