£1.5 Billion! The estimated current value of Car Rental Revenue in the UK!

Do you want your share of this Multi-Million pound Business?

Have you always dreamed of operating your own business and controlling your own destiny?
Realising that dream within the vehicle rental industry could be closer than you think.
First Self Drive was established in 1998 by business partners Simon Howard and Jonathan Howes, who have both worked for many years within the motor industry. The original company based in Norwich now operates a hire fleet of some considerable size, including cars, vans, trucks, minibuses and motorhomes. Simon and Jonathan are totally committed to the success of the First Self Drive brand and have spent the last ten years developing the professional and personable formula which will enable national coverage. They are looking for like-minded franchise partners to assist with expansion and share in this success.

First Self Drive offers something very different from the huge multi-national hire firms which have a presence in most major towns and cities. The First Self Drive concept is built around providing a more personal and flexible service, while still offering customers great choice and excellent value for money. First Self Drive's friendly and flexible approach ensures customers return time after time and recommend its services to friends and colleagues.

Great customer service has always been key to First Self Drive and this has resulted in substantial repeat business from both corporate customers and private individuals. There is a good mix of income generated from the more profitable one or two day hire market, all the way through to the often discounted but equally as important long term rentals.

But great customer service has to be complemented by great products. First Self Drive provides an impressive fleet of new vehicles in order to supply both domestic and corporate clients with a comprehensive range of vehicle options. Whether a customer is looking to transport a bulk delivery or wants a quality car for a family holiday, First Self Drive provides the solution.

First Self Drive places an extremely strong emphasis on service and flexibility in order to meet its customers' needs. This is reflected in the company's mission statement: 'Exceptional customer service is at the heart of First Self Drive. We believe that success depends on providing excellent value and a friendly approachable outlook to rental. But above all we must remain flexible and be able to adapt to the customers' needs at all times, as without the customer...there is no business.'

The latest survey of members of the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association) estimated that in 2003 car rental revenue alone in the UK was worth £1.3 billion (estimated to be £1.5 billion currently). The survey also estimated there to be 12 million car rental transactions per year, with an average rental lasting some five and a half days.

These figures don't even take into consideration the massive commercial vehicle sector, but certainly do show that the potential in the vehicle rental market is massive, fully confirmed by the very existence of the likes of major hire operators such as Thrifty, Avis and Hertz. As congestion charges, parking costs and insurance fees continue to rise, many people - particularly in urban areas - are deciding not to own a vehicle. Instead, they opt to use public transport and to hire a vehicle when they need it.

In the corporate market the number of small businesses is on the increase. Many new businesses recognise that they cannot justify the initial cost of owning a van or large car from the outset. Therefore hiring a vehicle when they need it offers a flexible and cost effective option.

First Self Drive offers a professional and flexible approach to the rental industry. The company is well-placed to take its share of this multi-million pound business. Using a forward thinking approach to marketing and customer development, First Self Drive is continually identifying ways to expand its share of the market. With this in mind, there need be no limit to the success available to franchise partners who are prepared to work hard within their territories to achieve it.

First Self Drive is totally committed to the success and profitability of all of its franchisees, offering a comprehensive training programme and ongoing support with the benefit of dealing personally with the directors who set up the original First Self Drive branch. The company is looking for franchise partners with entrepreneurial drive, discipline, determination and tenacity to assist in the expansion of the First Self Drive vehicle hire network throughout the UK.

If you have the desire to work hard and build your own business, we can offer you a complete turnkey opportunity which includes:

  • Sole rights to your own territory
  • Access to the First Self Drive proven formula
  • A system that does not require a big investment in vehicles
  • Sales and marketing support
  • Initial and ongoing training
  • A proven rental system
  • Developed marketing initiatives
  • Access to a competitive insurance package
  • Access to competitive vehicle supply packages
  • Opportunity to build a meaningful and profitable business