The issue of driver shortages is one of the biggest headaches for coach and bus operators. Not only might the challenge of recruiting enough drivers be preventing them meeting existing commitments but it is holding back some from expanding their profitability via new opportunities.
That is why routeone has partnered with leading coach and bus driver recruitment specialists C9 Recruitment to offer an exclusive discount on its services using the code “routeone10”. The trusted company has built up an excellent reputation for its consultancy-led approach and has worked with National Express, First Bus, Metroline, Abellio, Premium Coaches, Big Bus Tours, Maynes Coaches, Hearn’s Coaches and Redwing Coaches, among many others.
C9 Recruitment Chief Executive Officer Sam Wharfe says: “Partnering with routeone as the leading trade magazine for the coach and bus industry was a no-brainer. The opportunity to reach routeone’s wide and prominent audience in the sector means we are able to help even more operators find new staff, which can be the key to unlocking more business. It makes a strong relationship even stronger.”
Daniel Lunn, routeone Sales Manager, adds: “The relationship between routeone and C9 has gone from strength to strength over the past few months. Partnering with C9 to help improve the driver shortage crisis was a no-brainer. C9’s willingness to collaborate and proritise operators’ needs is refreshing and sits well with our business and values.
“I urge all operators to give C9 Recruitment a call and to use the discount code ‘routeone10’ to ensure you’re getting a fantastic deal.”
C9 Recruitment prides itself on operating differently to other agencies and working closely with operators to identify their exact needs. Sam says: “People have been stung so many times in the past by agencies, they just assume we are the same. People are seeing that we are not like the others and we work very differently. We are here to help to make you money. We want to be the agency that people want to work with more than need to work with.”
With a team that includes recruiters with a wealth of experience in the industry, C9 Recruitment uses the latest technology such as Applicant Tracking Systems and bespoke artificial intelligence tools to cut down on wasted time and ensure the right drivers are found for the job.
Masons Minibus and Coach Hire of Hertfordshire is among the many operators to have benefited from C9 Recruitment‘s services, having been rescued from a major staffing issue.
Its Director of Business Operations, Candice Mason, says: “C9 first called me just when I needed them most! It was following a disastrous start to our summer season when I had three drivers go on long-term sick leave in the same week. They quickly became familiar with the type of driver we required and how our organisation like to work with agencies.
“They were able to send over potential driver details within the same day and I was able to contact and interview them myself to make sure they would be a good fit. C9 have been on email and WhatsApp throughout the driver’s time with me and have kept up good communication.
“They have conducted themselves in the highest professional standards when we experience an issue. It was clear to me that they were keen to form lasting working relationships with myself as an operator and I felt really valued as a client of theirs. I wouldn’t hesitate to use C9 again. In fact, they are now my go-to agency!”
Looking to recruit drivers? Receive 10% discount off driver recruitment services with C9 Recruitment by using code ‘routeone10’.