U-Drive is Ranked in ‘The Solent 250’ for a Second Year Running!

27th February 2024 |

We are delighted to share that we have secured a coveted position in The Business Magazine's Solent 250 for the second year in a row.

The Solent 250 annually recognises and celebrates the top privately-owned businesses that reside in the Solent area, covering Dorset, West Sussex, South Hampshire, and South Wiltshire, based on annual sales turnover. This recognition is a testament to our steadfast commitment to excellence, customer service, growth and adaptability in our ever-changing industry.

A legacy of local support

Since being founded in 1982 by Dave and Gill Hamblin, U-Drive has been an integral part of the local business landscape. As a family-run business, we continue to take pride in our roots and the relationships we've nurtured within the community. Our journey has been one of organic growth, supporting businesses not only in Poole and the south, but now also in Bristol, Cardiff, and Manchester.

Navigating challenges, embracing growth

The past few years presented unprecedented challenges for every business, and U-Drive was no exception. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led us to make tough decisions, including the temporary closure of several branches. However, resilience and strategic planning have been instrumental in our success post-lockdown. We've not only weathered the storm but have experienced growth, solidifying our commitment to our mission.

Customer-centric excellence

At the core of our success lies our unwavering dedication to providing the best customer service in the industry. As a nimble and dedicated team, we offer bespoke services to businesses, distinguishing us from larger competitors. Our customers are valued partners, and we take pride in going the extra mile to meet their unique needs, making U-Drive the best solution in vehicle hire.

Looking ahead

As we celebrate this achievement, our gaze remains fixed on the future. U-Drive is poised to continue its legacy of supporting businesses, delivering exceptional customer service, and now leading the way in the transition to EVs. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our customers, partners, and the entire U-Drive team for contributing to our success.

"Everyone at U-Drive is thrilled to learn that we've earned a place on the prestigious Solent 250 list for a second year.” said Mark Hamblin, U-Drive Director.

“One of our core values is offering excellent customer service, a principle that has massively contributed to the organic growth of our business.

“We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing our growth journey, especially as we, along with many other businesses, make the transition to EVs."