Fair Oak Group Ltd, a specialist driver recruitment business wholly owned by Chris Bryant and Simon Pritchard, is delighted to announce the 100% acquisition of Drive Personnel Ltd.

Drive Personnel have built an enviable reputation across the South Hampshire area based upon quality and compliance for the supply of drivers of all license classes. It was this reputation, as well as the very hands on and personal way in which the business had been grown from start-up that persuaded Chris & Simon to add Drive Personnel to their group of companies.

Chris & Simon aim to bring their experience from over 30 years in the recruitment, transport and logistics sectors, to help grow and develop the good work that has already taken place at Drive Personnel, whilst continuing to honor the strong principles of quality and compliance set out by the founders, Pete Andrews & Andy Burton.

As part of the acquisition Chris & Simon were delighted to promote the existing Operations Manager, Fred Green, into the role of Operations Director. Chris commented, “having worked with Fred as a supplier into my previous business, I knew how well Fred managed the day-to-day operation at Drive Personnel and moreover how highly he was thought of by both drivers and customers alike. It was therefore perfectly natural that Fred not only stayed with Drive Personnel but was promoted into a role that reflected his growing experience and value to the business”.

Fred will work alongside Chris to run the operational side of the business and in turn they will be supported by their Operations Planner. Simon on the other hand will be responsible for all of the ‘back-office’ side of Drive Personnel and he will be assisted by another new starter, Laurie Stocks, who has joined as the Group’s Payroll and Billing Manager.