This month our client spotlight is Focus Driver Training, a driving school operating as a limited company.
What’s your name and your role in the company?
My name is Daniel Kayley, and my role in the company is owner/director, and principal trainer.
Tell us about your business.
I founded Focus Driver Training in 2003 as a driving school for category b (car) learners, and quickly diversified into instructor training, and fleet training.
In 2011 I incorporated the business as a Private Limited Company, (Focus Driver Training Ltd) and diversified further into commercial vehicle licence acquisition, and training for the transport industry.
The company’s range of services now include Driver CPC for LGV drivers, LGV training for category C (rigid lorry, no upper weight limit), trailer towing training (B+E) and external transport manager services for operators who need an ETM for their operator licence.
What drove you to start the business?
I chose to embark upon a career in the driver training industry due to the flexibility of this kind of career, and the element of working with people, teaching, and helping them to gain a life skill.
The flexibility of this career has enabled me to pursue many other interests, such as University by distance learning in theology, building trade skills such as carpentry, basic plumbing, plastering, web design, and even flying lessons.
Most importantly, this flexibility has enabled me to have a high level of involvement with my children, particularly in their developmental years, during the daytime. Many conventional 9-5 jobs would not afford that level of flexibility.
Currently I am a qualified ADI, Fleet Trainer, and qualified (OCR) International Transport Manager, and hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. I’ve been involved with higher level education since 2014, and am currently undertaking a PhD in New Testament studies (theology) at the University of Nottingham, on a part-time basis.
Why did you choose The Accountancy Partnership?
I chose the Accountancy Partnership because the person who called me (Megan) sounded so sincere, and genuinely interested to help my business, not to mention portraying The Accountancy Partnership as a very professional company.
I guess I was convinced through that phone call that Accountancy Partnership would be the accountancy firm for me. Also, the price was much more competitive that many quotations from more local firms.
Would you recommend The Accountancy Partnership?
Yes, for sure, and have already recommended Accountancy Partnership to people I meet, who are looking for an accountancy service.
What do you have planned for your business in the future?
My goals for the future, in addition to improving the efficiency of current operations, is to include theory training for LGV trainees, through creating a theory training site, and possibly an app for iPhone/android, enabling me to offer in house theory training.
From there, possibly develop an app for external transport managers, to enable them to fulfil their duties more efficiently, and with the least amount of administrative burden possible.