Drivers Direct receives £1.75m funding for £3.15m MBO

(L-R) Ondrej Okeke, Gethin Roberts, Drivers Direct CEO, and Daniel Jellicoe.

A driver recruitment business, Drivers Direct, has received a £1.75m investment from Frontier Development Capital (FDC) to facilitate a £3.15m Management Buyout (MBO) by its management team.

The investment comes at a time where HGV driver shortages are still ongoing in the UK.

The MBO will see ownership of the business transfer to the current management team led by Daniel Jellicoe, Managing Director, with plans to continue the organic growth of the business and expand to new locations in the UK.

Headquartered in Runcorn, Cheshire, Drivers Direct specialises in the training and placement of drivers across all vehicle classes, including HGV, LGV, Van and Minibus drivers, on both a temporary and permanent basis.

The firm also provides management and support staff, operating from 21 locations throughout the UK, with a dedicated logistics centre in Tamworth.

Daniel Jellicoe, Managing Director, Drivers Direct Recruitment said: “This latest investment from FDC marks a new chapter in Drivers Direct’s journey. Our organisation has performed well across both recruitment and logistics over what has been a turbulent 18 months.

“As a result of all at Drivers Direct’s hard work, we are now well placed to grow the business. I, along with the rest of the management team look forward to working alongside FDC as we continue to expand our branch network and logistics offering throughout UK.”

Ondrej Okeke, Investment Director, Frontier Development Capital, commented: “The availability of skilled drivers across all vehicle classes is becoming increasingly critical to the logistics sector and impacts upon supply chains in every industry; so we’re delighted to be able to support Drivers Direct Recruitment with this investment.

“The management team are capable and experienced, and we look forward to seeing how they implement their plans to expand geographically across the UK.”

FDC is a provider of regional debt funding, dedicated to supporting established SMEs through flexible long-term investments. The investment was made from the £100million FDC Debt Fund, which still has capital available for investment to businesses anywhere in the UK.

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