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Logistics recruitment specialist Employ Recruitment has acquired Andover-based Drivers Relief in a move aimed at strengthening its client base and coverage.

Drivers Relief, which was launched in 1987, supplies clients in Andover, Amesbury and Salisbury with supply drivers. The family-run recruitment firm has a reputation for retaining both clients and drivers for the long term.

Employ Recruitment, which is based in the Midlands and boasts a national reach, said it was also attracted to the Andover agency because of its attention to compliance.

Both companies use Driver Recruitment Software (DRS) to manage driver recruitment and ensure compliance on areas such as the Working Time Directive and EU Drivers’ Hours legislation.

Following the acquisition, the Drivers Relief team, including current MD Jamie Stamp, son of founding director Fiona Stamp, will remain within the business.

Commenting on the acquisition, Employ Recruit’s operation’s director, Leann Lewis, said: “I am delighted with the acquisition of a trusted brand like Drivers Relief whose business values closely match that of Employ’s.

“As we both put compliance at the forefront of what we do, it’s a perfect match for both companies strategically, culturally, and from a geographical perspective. In addition, Drivers Relief have a proven track record of looking after their drivers which is perfect for Employ. We have always ensured are drivers are supported, including aspects such as their wellbeing.

“This acquisition reaffirms our commitment to supporting the safety of our drivers which in turn reduces accidents and infringement rates for our clients. It also strengthens Employ’s national coverage of logistics recruitment which will increase client numbers and driver jobs.”

Fiona Stamp, founder of Drivers Relief added: “After 35 years, I’m delighted that Drivers Relief! will now be part of Employ Recruitment. We share the same focus on working with our drivers as individuals and ensuring that our customers receive the best care, service and compliance. Our family business is now part of a larger company which brings strength and new opportunities for the future. I’m looking forward to retirement, knowing that customers and drivers will enjoy a bright future.”