Moving from a franchise

I came across a driving instructor last week by chance while I was queuing in a well known restaurant chain. Anyway, cutting to the chase the driving instructor was working for two different driving schools. When I asked why, his reply was to make ends meet. He was in the throws of setting up his very own driving school called Progress Driving School which is located in Cannock.

The other driving school where he was working as a franchisee was also operating in the Cannock area. I asked him why he wanted to leave his existing franchise? His reply was all too common which I’ve heard before and that was because his dream was to get his very own driving school. I asked him why? He replied, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could make it in business and have my very own business. This would make me feel proud he said.

I completely understood what he said and what he meant. I was in exactly the same position with the same dreams and ambitions at one stage in my own life. Anyway, he went on to say that he just couldn’t quit at his current franchise as he would have very few clients. So, the best way he thought of doing this was to juggle both of the driving schools together up until his own driving school became top heavy with enquiries and clients.

I get this and I admired his business sense as there is lots of risk by just quitting one job and expecting the phone to ring for his new business. I liked his strategy and his way of thinking. It made absolute sense. I suppose that there are many driving instructors that have used this type of model and I imagine that there are many a driving school out there that are now successful but have only managed to get there by using the same sort of business model and thought process.

The funny thing about this whole situation was that during our conversation, both of his mobile phones went off at exactly the same time. He said, oh, that’s bloody typical. I had to laugh as the chances of my encounter and witnessing this was one in a million.

Anyway, I wished him the best of luck with his new venture.

Instructors Hereford

Hi, my name is Dev from Hereford Driving School in Hereford. I am one of the local driving instructors in Hereford. I recently attended on of the quarterly meetings held by the ADIJNC who are the representatives for driving instructors. I was interested to hear what they had to say about the delays to the ADI Part 3 exam. This is what Lynne Barry had to say on this subject.

ADI Part 3 more delays: DVSA have warned that there may be further delays to the implementation of the new Part 3. The original target date was October 2nd, but challenges achieving the required legal sign off of the change within that timescale meant the launch was delayed. Now DVSA has cautioned that due to a new approach to legislative process, whereby secondary legislation will in future be subject to the same process as primary legislation (and will therefore have to pass through more layers of scrutiny than those needed previously for legislative change of this nature), the implementation of the new Part 3 test may be further delayed and possibly to late November.
The agency is currently seeking clarity as to whether the Part 3 change falls under a new government directive which requires a ministerial triage process for all secondary legislation from October. With the possibility of the Part 3 changes being caught in this new process NASP is concerned that even a newly estimated November implementation could be challenging for the agency to achieve. DVSA are currently contacting all PDIs with Part 3 tests booked between 30 October and 10 November to advise them that the test they take between these dates will not have changed to the new one. They are also contacting all trainers on ORDIT. ADINJC AGM: Save the date: Members of our current groups and associations are welcome to attend our AGM on December 2nd at the Village Hotel, Walsall in the West Midlands. As well as the AGM there will be guest speakers and an association meeting. All we ask is that we know you are attending in advance by contacting Sue Duncan our secretary at secretary@adinjc.org.uk please do also pass on any apologies to her. It’s a busy time of year with another NASP and DVSA joint meeting in late November.
I want to thank all our members for their support with the work we do on your behalf to inform you, help with advice and to represent your many varied views.
Best wishes to you all.

So, this was the most up to date news from Lynne. I hope it helps you.

Driving Schools in Chorley

So the nuts and bolts of this post talks about how one of the driving schools in Chorley called Bob Medley School of Motoring has gone from a single independent instructor to now started to put a model in place whereby they are now looking expanding and are now starting to recruit other driving instructors in Chorley for their driving school.

Bob who is the owner operator of Bob Medley School of Motoring in Choerley is a fairly new driving school in Chorley and has been operating only for a couple of years. Bob contacted us and asked us if we could review her website and give hime our thoughts, and if possible, also look for a strategy to implement whereby he could capitalise more on her offerings of driving lessons in Chorely.

So, our first steps was to review her current website and see what he was offering, how much, who to and look at where his strengths lie and where there where opportunities in any of her weaknesses from a business offering perspective.

We first looked at his website from a customers point of view. Although he had many pages, we noticed that there was very little content on any of these pages. We then looked at his pricing structure and also what her competitors was also offering. This was so we could get a good idea of where he was positioned in the market. Our analysis identified areas of opportunities where he could leverage a better presence in the market.

We done a analysis on her positioning on all of the major search engines, especially Google. We found his website positioned on page 4 on Google. During our analysis we used a tool called MOZ, now MOZ is great and is probably the industry standard for checking the positioning of a website coupled with a whole host of other things.

Other area we identified where we thought could be improved was his offering to the public. Bob initially decided that when he first launched that he would just market locally and offer his services to males and also look to take on a female driving instructor to offer a female driving instructors in Andover and have female instructors to work alongside him.

Over a course of a few business meetings with Bob, we mentioned that this isn’t restricting his growth rate and if he ever wanted to expand then this won’t hold him back. So, after pointing out the positive in this, Bob eventually agreed that he would offer driving lessons to both male and female pupils on a larger scale and into different areas of Lancashire. By adopting this approach, it gave Bob Medley School of Motoring opportunity to reach out to twice the market audience and have a much larger audience.

Bob implemented this strategy immediately and the outcome was so unexpected, it was beyond belief for him. He found that he had twice as many calls from perspective clients than before. This also led Bob taking on a new franchisee immediately to help him cope with the demand of his services for driving lessons in Blackburn.

All in all, it took us about 2 weeks to come up with a long term strategy for Bob Medley School of Motoring we rolled out a new plan for his school and already he has given us positive feedback. We are glad to see that we have managed to double a driving schools income with our strategies – we would like to share these with you and who knows, one day we might.

Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog.

Driving Instructors in Worksop

So, what have I been up to lately? Very good question. I’ve only been travelling around the midlands and Nottinghamshire areas of the UK and yes, you guessed it. I’ve been reviewing driving schools in these areas. One of the main driving instructors in Worksop I’ve been interviewing is Worksop Driving School. The other instructor I’ve been interviewing is one of the best driving instructors in Leicester and this is Hexagram Driving School in Leicester. You may have heard about Hexagram Driving School in one of my other Blogs. This time, I went back there after visiting him some months ago. I went back just to see how things have been going for him and his driving school in Leicester.

Anyway, let’s talk about Worksop Driving School. This is a brand new driving school that’s been set up by the very reputable driving school business development team, Get Your Own Driving School who are specialists in getting driving instructors set up with an independent business and breaking away from their franchises with the national schools.

The owner operator of Worksop Driving School is a chap called Andrew Buckler. Andrew was previously with one of the national driving schools called LDC. However, he was starting to get disillusioned by the industry and he thought that the market was drying up. It wasn’t up until he heard about Get Your Own Driving School that he decided to break away from his franchise and go independent. This was the perfect meeting for him.

Both Andrew and Get Your Own Driving School had a few chats over the telephone and online using messenger and before he knew it, GYODS had come up with the whole business concept and branding for him. Andrew was so keen to get his own independent business, so much so in that he gave his 4 weeks notice to LDC and then started looking towards the future as a business owner.

At the time of our meeting with Andrew, he was only 4 weeks into his new independent business but he told me that this is a move he should have done much sooner. He realised that the market hadn’t dried up and that there is plenty of work out there. You’ve just got to know how to reach your customers quickly.

He complimented Get Your Own Driving School and couldn’t sing their praises enough. He said without their skills and knowledge about the Driving Schools industry, he probably wouldn’t be as successful as he is now. Alex also went on to say that he is actually turning customers away and that he’s actually thinking about employing another driving instructor and forming a franchise.

He’s told us to get in touch with him if 6 months time and he can give us an update on this.

Well Andrew, we whish you every success and we will certainly catch up with you in 6 months time. God luck with your new business.

Driving Schools in Bangor

Automatic Driving Schools in Bangor – We recently visited Bangor in North Wales on holiday a few days ago and we were sat in this café and I saw a driving school pull in. I looked closely at the car and noticed it was a Hybrid driving school car. Now, there’s nothing new about hybrid cars these days and they’re getting more popular by the day.

But what was unusual was that we never would have thought that out of all the driving schools in Bangor that we would of bumped in to a driving instructor with a hybrid, especially in Bangor because Bangor is not the most densely populated town with driving instructors.

Anyway, I watched as the driving instructor came into the café and he sat at the table opposite us. The waitress came over and took his order. I said to the wife that I’m just going over to say “Hi” and I’ll be back shortly. I approached the guy and introduced myself and asked him if I could sit with him and talk about his car. He said “sure”.

I introduced myself and he told me his name was Alan and his driving school name was Evolved Automatic Driving School from Bangor https://www.evolvedautomaticdrivingschool.co.uk/driving-instructors-bangor.html

I asked him what was the benefits of having a hybrid car as a driving school car? He replied saying that firstly the costs of running a hybrid was much cheaper, especially on fuel. This led me into asking him if he thought that the power and fuel used to recharge the battery was equal to that of running on a normal petrol engine. He told me that these costs would be slightly higher and when he switches to hybrid mode the length and distance far out weighs that if he was using a non-hybrid car.

Anyway, cutting a long conversation short – I realised that Alan from Evolved Automatic Driving School was actually a good businessman and had obviously invested in a car that was saving him money. I wonder if the hybrid car will be the norm for driving schools soon offering driving lessons in Bangor – I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

 

Just saying “Hello”

Hi there, hanks for stopping by on my Blog. When you first start reading my pages you may feel slightly confused. In the first few sentences on my home page I start to talk about trainers, trainers as in footwear such as Nike.

Then as you read further down the page, you’ll notice my conversation flows into talking about driver trainers. I apologise for any confusion this may cause. The main purpose of the site is to give you my own thoughts and experience about the driver training industry.

When you read lines with the words coaching in, I am referring to coaching for driver training and development. I use a couple of real-world scenarios and case studies from real customers and clients such as Get Your Own Driving School and talk to driving instructors such as Shaun from Shaun’s Driving School from Andover, Hampshire.

One of my first Blogs will be about how a driving school gets established, here I’ll be blogging about Alex from Hexagram Driving School in Leicester. Make sure that you catch my Blog that’s coming in December. I’ve got a special article about Amanda who provides driving lessons in Rochester with her highly recommended driving school DCJ Driver Training, renowned as one of the best driving instructors in Rochester https://www.dcjdrivertraining.co.uk

I hope you enjoy my Blogs and I would really appreciate it if you popped back every now and then just for a quick catch up and a bit of a nose around. Please feel free to say hello.