Morning, thanks Gas for your imput, altho I should be ok regarding people to work for me. At present I use 5 LWB drivers on a daily basis, 1 sm van and a car driver. Turnover is approx £300k pa at the mo... I just need more reliable LWB! The current drivers have said that I can supply any potential new subbies with their phone number to verify me.
Invoice payments are immediate, and i've even been known to pay on collection!
Gas, regarding your problem job of last week, may I give my opinion of why you struggled to cover it... It is mho so please don't get the hump..
SE26 to NW10 might only be 15 odd miles, but it is a NIGHTMARE 15 odd miles.
1st... SE26 isn't a hotspot of industrial estates, so the chanches of having someone local ish is slim, and to "run" there isn't practical.
2nd... This particular journey time is MINIMUM 1and half hours, with the real potential of it being 3-4 hours (I kid thee not!). The non congestion and obvious route would be Blackwall Tunnel, A12, A406... Potential traffic all the way.And still got to get back.
3rd... Putting out the job on Thurs/Fri morning. Most drivers will recognise this job as a nightmare and therefore swerve it due to Friday being the supposed busiest time for them, and "better" jobs "should" come their way.
4th... Sorry, but to charge and quote purely on milage for this journey is wrong. Timing and route in this case is more relevant. (yes, local knowledge is handy!).
I wouldn't have touched this job with a bargepole, if I had to I'd have asked for £80 +... And still hopes I wouldn't get it!
As I said... My opinion.