TEMPORARY labour specialist Driver Hire Nationwide is on an upward track after achieving the best monthly sales in its 30-year history.

The Bradford-based group, which provides drivers and other staff to the logistics sector, recorded turnover in September of £10.7 million across its 103 offices .

Jeremy Neale, UK managing director, said: “We’re delighted by the progress of our business over the past few years. Since 2013 we have seen annual network turnover increase by 28 per cent to £100 million.

“The positive growth is continuing in the current trading year and this September was the best month in our 30-year history. We have also won new business with several blue chip brands in recent months.”

Driver Hire had been boosted by high demand for flexible labour at a time of economic uncertainty and the growth of internet shopping.

Mr Neale added: “We meet a clear need for our customers. When they need flexibility in their workforce, we step in.

“ In an industry where a missed deadline can be extremely expensive for our customers, we recognise the critical nature of what our staff do. Our customers count on us to provide the best possible staff every time. We will continue to focus on being the best at what we do, and I am very optimistic for the future.”

Meanwhile, another subsidiary of the Specialist People Services group has benefitted from major rail electrification projects.

Rail recruitment firm ISS Labour has built a £4 million specialist business in the past two two years through providing skilled railway engineers to work on overhead line electrification across the rail network.

The company, which was acquired by SPS in 2013, has provided engineers for isolating 25,000 volt overhead lines so work can be undertaken in a safe and controlled environment.

Strong growth in demand means that ISS Labour expects revenue from overhead line electrification services to reach £4 million by the end of SPS’s current financial year next March.

Network Rail’s £25 billion infrastructure investment plan includes electrifying large swathes of the UK’s railways .

Colin Kelly, OLE director at ISS Labour, said: “Our objective has been clear in that we’ve aimed to become the natural partner to the rail industry in providing specialist, highly-skilled people to help modernise the UK’s network.

“We have invested heavily in our overhead electrification offering in recent years, which is now bearing fruit.”