Episode show notes

When Mark Hamblin’s parents rented a single van out throughout the weekdays, little did they know they were laying the simple groundwork for a thriving vehicle hire business.

U-Drive’s fleet might be strong, with over four thousand vehicles, but it’s the strength and convictions of the Hamblin family members within the business that one simply can’t help but admire.

Mark and Lauren, father and daughter, join us live in the studio this week for a charming episode of It Runs In The Family.

This episode covers:

  • How the 42 year old business grew its huge, 4,000+ vehicle fleet
  • Standout moments with the family throughout U-Drive’s illustrious history
  • How Lauren formed her connection with the business at a particularly early age
  • Putting the family’s needs ahead of the business
                    A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

                    Episode highlights

                    “I could have gone running to daddy and told tales, but I never did and never will. I wouldn’t have had any respect from anyone at the company.” – 7:15 – Mark Hamblin 

                    “Everything grandad does is from home, so  the first time I got to like work with him in an interview was nice to hear – he told his side of everything. It was basically a look back on the whole of U-Drive. ” – 23:00 – Mark Lauren Hamblin

                     “My other daughter said ‘Oh, I want to go into teaching’. Great. Go for it if that’s what you want to do. She asked ‘Aren’t you upset?’ and I said ‘Of course I am. I love seeing you every day. But if being a teacher is what you want to do, that’s what you need to do. Don’t worry about us’.” – 37:00 – Mark Hamblin 

                    “We don’t ever talk about work, outside of work. We do that really well – when we’re together we’re just spending that time together.” – 50:00 – Lauren Hamblin

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