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Moving from London to Grimsby proves a business success thanks to power of networking

With her husband Michael, Jayne Anne O’Flynn runs ‘Driver Hire Grimsby and Scunthorpe’ and they have no regrets about moving up from London to take over this Franchise in February 2016.

Their business has two other staff members and is based in the Innovation Centre on the Grimsby Europark.

Driver Hire provides permanent and temporary jobs for commercial vehicle drivers, non-driving placements and driver training. They cover North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire and their customers include many of the fleet operators and logistics specialists who always need drivers to cover periods of planned and unplanned absences.

The need increases at times such as school holidays when many of the regular fleet drivers need time off for holidays. 


Jayne Anne O’Flynn with the Work Wise Women trophy


When Jayne Anne and Michael took over the business it was crucial for them to get to know their new location quickly and for other businesses to get to know them.

For this, business to business networking (B2B) has proven to be both essential and rewarding. Jayne Anne is a member of the Work Wise Women network which is based in Grimsby but is open to business women from across Northern Lincolnshire.

Although new to the network, Jayne Anne has been awarded the accolade of ‘Work Wise Women Business Woman of the Year’ for her courage, persistence and professional conduct in business.

The business was also nominated for the Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards 2017.

Jayne Anne and Michael are also founder members of #FSBConnect Caistor which is the B2B networking group that meets on alternate months at Caistor Equestrian Centre on the border of North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire.

In fact, Driver Hire will be giving a Golden Moment presentation to this group at the next meeting on Wednesday 18 October from 5.30pm. 

Driver Hire also gives back to the community with their charity work and special events. A recent golf day and dinner event raised £5500 for the Children’s charity ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’

They have recently introduced a Driver of the Year award to recognise good staff performance.