Highways Driver Training is a road risk compliance and training company based in Blackburn, run by Nick Hayward. Nick is an experienced DVSA Fleet Trainer with more than 30 years experience.
Tell me how your business began and how you have grown since…
I qualified as driving instructor in 1989 and started with a large Driving School in Blackburn. After 5 years, in 1994, I resigned from the Organisation and became a Sole Trader and started Highway’s Driver Training. Since then, I have worked alongside Lancashire County Council Merseyside CC and Greater Manchester CC on a variety of Road Safety Programmes.
In 2014, I was selected to work for a Transportation Organisation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia to transport TV Companies around the city for the games this was for 6 weeks. I have obtained a wide range of qualifications which include.
- Rospa Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction
- Rospa Gold Driving Test
- I.A.M Advanced driving Test
- Energy Savings Trust Approved Supplier for ECO DRIVING
- QCF Assessor
Have you been affected by the pandemic? If so, how and why?
“The pandemic effect on business was dramatic in every way due to having all bookings cancelled with immediate effect. I was unable to work and had no bookings until the lifting of Lockdown in July, the work has been extremely slow as many companies still have members of staff on furlough”
What are your plans going forward and how would your business to grow?
“The way forward for me is to launch a social media campaign and get my services into the face of Fleet Managers and decision makers of small to medium sized businesses in East Lancs to start thinking again about providing driver training for staff that have grey/fleet vehicles for work.”
In addition to road risk compliance courses, Highways Driver Training offers Minibus Awareness training for any organisation that has Standard or Accessible busses. This is suitable for Schools, Nursing Homes, Colleges, Universities and Charitable Organisations. Their Eco Driving Course can save you £££s and save wear and tear on expensive components. They helped save a housing association £11,000 in fuel with this training and can provide subsidised training for this course.
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