Businesses within the Specialist People Services Group include Driver Hire Nationwide, ISS Labour, Driver Hire Training, Driver Hire Australia and our eServices division, including dh Licence Check.
Specialist People Services (SPS) helps to maximise the productivity of a workforce.
In June 2011 LDC backed the management team of Driver Hire Investments Group, the franchised provider of temporary and permanent personnel to the logistics and distribution industries, to support its continued growth.
In November 2013, Driver Hire acquired Infra Safety Services Labour (ISS Labour) as part of the business's growth strategy. ISS Labour is a specialist provider of professional and labour services, minor works projects, track lighting and safety barrier solutions to the rail industry.
When LDC replaced Spirit Capital as the company’s primary investor in 2011, the rate of development at the business accelerated, with the launch of Driver Hire Australia, the rapid growth of Driver Hire Training, and the launch of eServices as a stand-alone business.
The acquisition of ISS Labour in 2013 confirmed the evolution of the small company that started out in Bradford 30 years earlier into the diverse but intrinsically linked group of successful businesses that today comprise Specialist People Services.
In June 2016 SPS was recognised as one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses, based on international sales and was named in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, published on 12th June 2016. The International Track 200 lists UK firms with the fastest-growing international sales based on overseas revenues of £1m or more.
SPS is ranked at number 104 through its Driver Hire Australia business, which provides temporary labour to a number of industries. The first Driver Hire Australia office opened in Perth in 2012 and is now one of five, alongside Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
In 2017 SPS was recognised as one of Europe’s fastest growing businesses by the Financial Times, due to a 290% revenue growth between 2012 and 2015.
In 2018 SPS announced it has accelerated its global growth plans after securing £150m turnover for the first time. The group has recorded a 10 per cent increase of revenues year-on-year across all of its businesses, including Driver Hire seeing an 8 per cent increase from 2016/17. Its international arm, Driver Hire Australia, has also continued to go from strength-to-strength, reporting record sales of £12m, up £5m from last year.
The growth in revenue was largely due to strong demand for temporary works in the logistics and rail sectors as well as new contract wins with national, blue chip clients. The business is now looking ahead at further growth in the US market.
I can't speak highly enough of LDC. They were founded as a regional private equity business. It's not just the money, it's the support they give you. Chris Chidley, CEO, SPS