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Driving to new level of success; Wrexham firm to create 30 jobs at motoring hubs.

Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

AN INDUSTRIAL recruitment agency will expand its specialist driving division, creating 30 jobs.

Gap Personnel, based in Wrexham, is creating five regional hubs across England in a multi-million pound boost to its Driving Force brand.

It comes after Gap witnessed an unprecedented increase in demand for drivers during 2011.

The move will see the company hiring up to 30 recruitment consultants and administrative staff during 2012 - tripling the size of the Driving Force workforce from 15 to 45.

Up to 15 satellite offices are also being launched to support the main regional hubs, one of which will be based in Ellesmere Port.

Gary Dewhurst Managing director Gary Dewhurst told Business Post: "Ongoing economic uncertainty means many transport and haulage firms are reluctant to take on full-time drivers on a permanent basis.

"The industry has become much more reliant on flexible manpower, as a means of protecting profits and increasing efficiency during difficult times."

A target has been set of achieving turnover of pounds 20million within three years.

Gary added: "This is one of the biggest investments in Gap's history.

"The intention is to establish Driving Force as a top-three labour provider in the driving sector by 2015.

"Some might say it's an unusual time to be expanding, given the tough economic climate.

"However, we believe that if you're not moving forward, you are going backwards."

And moving forward with this arm of the business is vital to Gap's future.

"We see driving as a key growth area within recruitment," said Gary.

"When the recovery does come we will be in an extremely strong position to capitalise."

Driving Force offers a 24-hour response centre and quarterly licence checks.

It is a member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

Gary added: "Fluctuating workloads mean clients need access to reliable, flexible drivers on demand.

"Our investment will catapult Driving Force into a different league in terms of reach, scale and ambition, but we will still retain our core values of responsiveness and flexibility."

Founded in 1997, Gap Personnel enjoyed turnover of pounds 60million in 2011. Revenues are forecast to hit pounds 75m in 2012.

martin.williams@dailypost.co.uk

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