Our franchisees change peoples’ lives…
Driving Miss Daisy, the business with a BIG heart
We are renowned for offering a safe, caring and reliable service for those people who find it difficult to get out and about. Our franchisees provide companionship and transportation for the elderly, children and people with disabilities, among many others. We offer assistance with anything from medical appointments to a trip to the hairdressers; we make social outings possible and, most of all, enjoyable.
Founded in New Zealand in 2009, with close relationships with Canada, Driving Miss Daisy has franchises covering the whole of New Zealand and has growing networks in Australia, Canada and now the UK. Our rapid growth has stemmed from a real and growing need for a personal and trusted community companion service.
“Driving Miss Daisy is all about making a difference in the community, taking someone to an appointment, making their day easier and more streamlined – it really makes you feel good. You feel like you’ve made a difference and that was a really big draw for me.”
Melanie Turner, Wiltshire and Dorset.
The price of a Driving Miss Daisy franchise is £15,000 + VAT plus you will require a liveried, fit-for-purpose car for your services which will normally be leased to you. This presents you with the opportunity to develop a profitable business and build equity value. Our franchise offers low start-up costs and can be home based so you will also benefit from low overheads.
What does my franchise include?
- Comprehensive business system
- Training and manuals
- Established great brand
- Business mentorship
- Customer relationship management system including invoicing
- Support with marketing materials
- Established quality and high standards of excellence
- Being in business for yourself but not by yourself
- Joining a supportive, collaborative team
If you don’t have any previous experience of running a business, don’t worry! We even support you in getting your business set up before you start trading. Our business mentoring is available if needed and includes:
- Company set up
- Registration with HMRC for Corporation Tax, VAT and PAYE as appropriate
- Bookkeeping and accounting
- Compliance and reporting
We’re There For You
When you join Driving Miss Daisy as a franchisee, you become part of a wide and varied network. Everyone in the network comes from different backgrounds and each have something different to bring with them. Not only will you benefit from the support at head office, you will also have the knowledge and experience of a whole network of franchisees and UK Business Developers to draw on.
We want exactly what you want; to make a difference to people’s lives. Our franchisees are passionate about building their businesses whilst also enjoying the rewards of offering a valued service to the local community. We provide you with everything you need to get up and running successfully and act as a support blanket whilst you get on your feet. We’re there for you; just as you’re there for the individuals you serve.
We’re looking to partner with franchisees who have:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- A caring attitude towards others
- Self-motivation and are energetic and enthusiastic
- A determination to succeed
- Honesty, integrity and trustworthiness
“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,”
Cherry Simmonds, Sussex.