Greer’s Gears Driving School started in November 2014 with a franchise. After my 1st year I went independent, was busy and took the business into 2017 wanting to expand it but not knowing the best way to do it. A relocation (2017) and COVID (2020) impacted but change doesn’t always have to be negative. So I used the lockdown to work ‘on’ the business rather than ‘in’ it and contacted Martin tasking him to look at Greer’s Gears (in an unknown capacity) and provide me with some feedback; the aim being to kick start my expansion plans. What can I say? I’ve gone from a one man business to recruiting admin staff, opening an office, recruiting FIVE PDI’s who have started the ADI training process. Pricing structure reviews led to price increases and clients are paying – without haggling. Our product service range expanded to include B+E (trailer towing) and the demand has been high with increased revenue. We also plan on starting a motorcycle wing in Q2/Q3 of 2022. He did a website audit and we implemented changes there too and the client feedback is that our site is now one of the best driving schools across Ayrshire. Martin has loads of helpful insights, business ideas and REAL experience that WORKS. His support is there afterwards too. To sum up, Driving School Development delivers exactly what it says on the tin and the Expand Your Business Course (as i did 1-2-1) will DRIVE your business forward,
Did one of Martin’s full day CDP Course in Business Development. It was very informative and I gained so much knowledge. I’m really excited and looking forward to starting up my own business. I would really encourage anyone who hasn’t done the course to do so, as I believe it will help you to grow your business. Martin went the extra mile not charging the £249.00 fee for us who left BSM/AA. Thank you so much for supporting us!
Cannot recommend Martin enough. There’s no hidden agendas just a willingness to help instructors achieve and grow their business, spent a whole day on his business development course and throughly enjoyed it and discovered plenty of opportunities to help grow not just myself but my business, if I was paying for this particular course it would be money well spent but the fact that Martin didn’t charge any of the instructors on this particular course says all you need to know about Martin, if your looking for any help or advice give him a call and im sure he will help you just like he’s helped so many others.
I attended a fantastic virtual development course today led by Martin. Martin was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I came away brimming with ideas !
I help run the Taunton Association of Driving Instructors. While looking for a guest speaker for our recent AGM, I approached Martin and asked if he would be interested.
Martin was fantastic, our committee use online meeting software that Martin admitted he had no prior knowledge of. We had a few teething issues, but like a pro, Martin was able to continue while bringing humour to the topic.
Martin, captivated the members, and more importantly, left them with something to think about and an eagerness to learn more.
Today I went on a zoom course Video Creation Masterclass with Martin Leather and Simon Clark. As someone with no IT skills and never posted a video on any social media platforms this course was exactly what I felt I needed, I wasn’t disappointed. They broke each area down into manageable chunks, Planning, Objectives, Basic equipment and Software. I feel now I’ve got the tools to attempt to make a video. Thank you both.
I had a hour long zoom meeting with Martin, it was very interesting and informative.
It has shown to me that you don’t need to devalue yourself to get customers.
I will definitely be putting it into practice.
Did the marketing course with Martin. I was absolutely brilliant. I started the course think should I stay in my permanent job as a truck driver or should I go back to mainly Driving school well over the next few months when covid is less I shall be going back to teaching those lovely people how to drive, Thanks Martin for everything and will at some point do more course with you. Mike
I have just listened to Martin’s “Business Development course and came away with some great tips and some great ideas on how to grow my business. I’m looking forward to implementing some of his strategies for a successful 2021.
I was lucky enough to to secure a place on Driving School Developments online Expand Your Business course. It’s a good course whether you are simply thinking about growing your driving school, have started to do so or have a substantial team already. Anyone attending this course will get something out of it due to Martin’s extensive experience and like minded ADIs who all continue to support each other. I highly recommend this day online as it really boosts your motivation, provides some clarity on the future of your business. Thanks Martin and to Maria for helping everything run smoothly.
I’ve recently attended the Expand Your Business Course.
This was an online Zoom course due to lockdown. It was extremely informative giving direction on how to expand my business, this course is perfect if you are looking to offer a franchise, Martin took the time to explain all the pros and cons, and how to support your franchisees, also helping you decided if you are ready to expand, Martin also offers continued support should you require it.
This is my first course with Driving School Development and will not be my last. I highly recommend Martin of Driving School Development, first class service.
Expand your Business
I found the online course went very well learned a few new ideas which I wasn’t to sure about before feeling alot more positive now & ready to reach my next goal
I would recommend doing the course with Martin & Maria
Taken a couple of courses with Martin and have expanded my business in the past 2 years by several thousand pounds. Managed to recruit ADI’s to our ethically run Driving School..
Always comes up with new ideas to help promote and improve our business.
Just done the expand your business course today. Extremely informative and very clear with the pros and cons of offering a good franchise. Martin offers great support and help to get you to make the right decision for you. Making sure that you are ready to expand or not. I highly recommend any of his courses having previously done the business development course as well nearly 2 years ago.
I attended a course over six weeks with Martin. I found the course very motivational, I am trying to expand my business and he talked me through every step of the expansion and even wrote out a contract for me to give to new ADIs.
Thank you Martin for all your help.
Amazing Martin and Maria at Driving School Development. I loved the course How To Expand Your Business.
It was on the pulse, informative and interesting.
This has certainly given myself and Sam at Purple Driving Academy in Chesterfield food for thought on how to expand developing ideas to grow the business further.
This along side 1-1’s and Monday nights with Martin on Facebook have been a real eye opener.
What Martin delivers is a truly genuine service, tailored to every individual’s business venture, then he backs this with continued support needed for it to become a great success.
Company Director at Purple Driving Academy
Driving School Development helped me to create my franchise agreement contracts which are legally binding, fair and ethical, which is exactly what I wanted. After a consultation with Martin, the agreements were sent to me for approval within 24 hours and I’m absolutely over the moon with them and feel excited to develop my driving school and take on new driving instructors knowing that my legal side is covered. Martin has literally saved my thousands of pounds with solicitors fees and the stress of having to go through hours of work!!! As I’ve enrolled on Martin’s expand your business course, I was so surprised to find that this was a free service that comes with it, so that was even better!! I really do recommend going to Martin, who is passionate about helping ADIs develop their businesses and goes the extra mile every time!
I have completed the expand the business course with Martin and whilst assessing my business, he found that my website that I paid a lot for was not that visible and we were not getting enough enquiries from it. He encouraged me to get rid of the website I had and to have a new one built. I was worried about all the money I had spent and would lose but he assured me that it would be good for the business. I agreed and Martin and Maria worked on the content and organised the website to be built. For a fraction of the price of my old website and with SEO, the website went live it looked amazing and I’ve never looked back. we have lots more views and more enquiries coming in and the instructors are getting more work from it. I’m so glad I took the advice because it’s been the best thing for my business.
Thank you Martin and Maria for all your hard work, support and encouragement in helping me to move my business forward ?
I have recently completed a Driving School Development course with Martin Leather. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife Maria on a course and found them both to be genuinely helpful and interested in helping ADIs to improve their businesses. I undertook a Business Development course with Martin and learnt so much. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience. (I suspect that Maria his wife supports his endeavours and provides a lot of admin support for which she probably does not get the recognition she deserves! They are definitely a team!) I am in the process of developing and will be ‘launching’ soon. Watch this space ?
I have just completed my final module with Martin on the expand your business online course to say I am blown away with what I have learned from the course .I feel I am now equipped to take my business to the next level roll on 2020
Thank you Martin
Would highly recommend. Completed the online CPD course in Business Development. Brilliant option to go for as having the individual attention helped me to work out a plan to go forward. Was feeling lost and blind before. My confidence has increased, my perspective changed in the way I will manage my business. Eager to implement as I have started seeing the results during the course. Martin you’ve been great and thanks for providing this service. Much needed and definitely worth it.
I took the online course in business development with martin, and really enjoyed the course.
there was lots of information given which has helped me to run my school more effectively.
martin explained everything with great clarity, and anything I was unsure of, he went over again.
thanks for your time and help Martin!
excellent coarse well delivered by Martin Leather with some excellent ideas on how to develop a driving school. Looking forward to trying out the things we looked at. would highly recommend this coarse.
Well presented CPD training by Martin. Enjoyed and learned lot of stuff about business on the day.
Definitely worth attending CPD training all ADI and PDI.
I’ve been a fully qualified ADI for almost 2yrs. I started off part of a franchise and decided to go solo last year.
I attended Martin’s course this month in Milton Keynes – Mon 22nd July.
I am actually still buzzing from it! ?
The people on the course were great and I loved learning so many positive things from being there! It was honestly the best thing I could have done to attend his course and be in a room full of great people wanting to improve themselves and their business.
I highly recommend it!
Thank you so much! ?
Learned and applied Martin’s methods, they work. Learned how to use social media to attract enquires and then how to convert them on the phone conversation. I have just completed the online version, it was excellent
Good evening, I asked Martin for some advice on referrals as I was struggling a little with new ideas, after a quick 10 minutes on the phone with him I can honestly say my phone went crazy, thanks for the advice Martin and taking time to help me see this as differently!
Top class CPD
A very useful day with some very forward thinking business owners
I attended the Business Development CPD course in Milton Keynes on Monday 26th February and came away with some great ideas of how to improve my business and ultimately increase my earnings.
Martin presented the course in a friendly, “non preachy” way and was expertly assisted by Maria who had everything to hand ensuring a good flow to the workshop.
This course is ideal for anyone looking at leaving a franchise or who is already independent like I am.
A mentoring session is included within the course and I had mine today. A good chat with Martin on the phone about the ideas I have already started to put into place, and a bit more advice on how to pursue so other opportunities.
Thank you Martin and Maria, I look forward to attending another of your courses in the future.
Attended business development course at Milton Keynes yesterday. Travelled all the way from Cumbernauld in Scotland so was hoping it’d be worth the journey. It absolutely was. Martin and Maria’s passion for helping driving instructors make the best of their business shines through and I learned so much that I’ll be able to take home with me. I am going independent in June and now looking forward to it more than ever now that I am confident I have the tools to make a success. Thank you so much. Had so much fun and learned so much. Would highly recommend to anyone no matter if you’re in a franchise/indy – we can never stop learning!
Attended on the CPD course. Martin is giving you such a lot of useful information about how to run your driving school. Every ADI should take the course.
excellent advice from Martin, after a phone call, it was clear to me what i wanted to do and how to do it regarding going indipendent. Thanks again Martin
If you want to be financially independent and not struggle to make a living and your business work, then make contact with Martin Leather
Can honestly say I had no idea what to expect from the Course, but after going on it I can honestly say it has opened up my eyes on how to take the Driving School forward, how to make it more profitable for both me and the Franchisee’s, but mainly the CPD element. Fantastic. I would say EVERY ADI or PDI should go on this course!
Excellent course with a load of useful tips and advice that I plan on implementing as soon as I can. 5 stars even though the ratings system has been removed
I did the driving school development course today in Milton Keynes With Martin and it was brilliant. I learned some really good stuff to implement to help me in my career as a Driving instructor. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting advance their business opportunities
Just attended a “Driving your Business forward” training day. Informative, interactive and found the whole day to be inspirational and came straight home to start making changes, for the better. Thank you so much.
I attended Martin’s Business Development programme this September so not even 2 months yet! In two months I have set up my own company, built a website! I have a full diary in just two weeks! lots of enquiries. I always had enquries but would find it very difficult to turn it in to a booking. After doing this course, most of my enquiries turning in to a booking. £249 well spent. I am so glad I went to this course! sounds quite expensive but well worth it!!
I’ve been running my driving school business for just coming up to 4 years; or perhaps I should more accurately say, it’s been running me! I was fortunate enough to be good at networking when I started so getting learners on board was relatively straightforward. I had a great teacher (Lynne Barrie) and seem to be getting results that learners recommend; BUT my diary and my learners seemed to be calling the shots. I had too much dead/non-earning time, not enough spare time and last minute cancellations have been costing me over £3k a year (average of 1.5 lessons per week).
As part of my review process I decided to book onto a business development course with Martin (and his wife Maria) and really enjoyed the day in the company of like-minded ADIs who all wanted to improve the efficiency of their businesses.
Both Martin and Maria have a friendly, informative approach and clearly wanted us all to improve our businesses. I believe I’ve learned some very useful techniques that if applied (by me) could easily increase my takings enough to cover my previous losses and probably more than that. I’m fairly confident of doing this because by applying what I have learned over a two week period, I’ve already covered the cost of the course so by next week, I’ll start to make more money and maybe even free up some time.
I think I’m worth investing a pound a day in. Could be the difference between Skegness or Vegas next summer!
I attended Martin and Maria’s driving school development CPD course, down in Milton Keynes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day with an amazing amount of valuable information, which one of the gentlemen on the course had benefited from even before the course had started! I have implemented a couple of things already and look forward to reaping the rewards. I would highly recommend this course.
Attended Martins business development course on Monday and was impressed with what I learnt I have started to implement some changes since the course and still have plenty of work to do but am confident that putting into practice what I learned is going to help me develop and grow my driving school. The course itself was fun and informative and I still have a follow up mentoring session to follow. Thanks Martin and Maria.
I travelled over 350 miles to attend the development day.Martin is a source of information & kindly gave us permisson to copy his unique selling point
The course content was delivered well giving me the tools i need to drive my business forward.
I look forward to my one to one mentoring sesssion on Thursday
Many thanks Paul
I contacted Martin Leather for advice on my business plan which had been turned down, following the advice given the business plan was approved a few day’s later. I appreciate the time Martin took out of his busy day to help. Highly recommend him to everyone, anyone needing advice Martin is the person to contact.Cheers
I had been in a franchise for about 10 years and it was my comfort zone, if I want a new pupil I would send a message via their fancy system and usually within a few days my request had been fulfilled.. easy!!
But when you way up the cost of obtain this pupil it was quite a lot of £££’S , I’ve been thinking about going independent for a while and never really got around to it.
Then one day I came across Martin Leather and the Driving School Development team, ( well Martin and his wonderful wife ) I had a chat with Martin and after been invited to attend one of his upcoming workshops, I left my comfort zone, and set up as an independent driving instructor, it’s not been easy, but going back through what Martin had explained on his course help me to see the wood from the trees,
The other week my work diary was full to the brim, when another phone call came in , gosh was I relieved that the lady wanted to book her daughter in for September, yes I’m getting enquiries for a few months ahead..what an eye opener?
So if you are thinking of removing the comfort zone, give Martin a call and you won’t regret it , GUARANTEED..
thanks Martin and Marie for a life changing day..
Martin offers an excellent service and has informally mentored both myself and many others to help them achieve more in their own professional lives. Great service.
Attended the business development course on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed it. A great atmosphere and learned so much. I am now equipped with some new tools to drive my business forward.
I attended Martins & Maria’s Driving School Development course earlier this week (Monday 4th June 2018)
Was a very relaxed atmosphere. Interactive workshop.
I left the course with nothing but optimism for implementing ideas and proven strategies in order to build up my driving school and earn more money per hour than what I’m earning now.
Thanks to Martin & Maria.
Thank you very much Martin and Maria… it was a very informative and useful course. I have learnt a lot and hope to implement the changes into my business very soon. I will definitely be seeing you again very soon. So much more to learn.
I just got home after attending Martins Driving school development workshop, I travelled over 300 miles & hadn’t slept the night before but in the end it was all 100% worth it. Gained tremendous amount of knowledge in just 1 day on the business side of being an ADI which many training companies don’t really provide. Also it was a fun, freindly & very relaxed atmosphere within a lovely venue to top it all off. Thanks to Martin & Maria for hosting this wonderful & extremely educational event & my fellow coellagues who were all really freindly.
Today I attended one of Martin and Maria’s Business Development courses in Enfield.
Before today I considered myself fairly weak at closing on new lesson enquires and struggled to think of anything that I could offer above and beyond others in my area that have been training longer than I have.
I truly believed that charging a higher price or not offering an introductory cheap rate was all good and well for those turning people away daily but for those of us just setting out Independently we need to do something to get pupils in the diary.
There’s no magic and no trickery to Martin’s solutions. Anyone could do it and it makes perfect sense! So why not book yourself on one of his courses and see what it’s all about yourself?
I really enjoyed the whole day. Relaxed atmosphere, very informative, well planned out and a very nice lunch too! I highly recommend the course to all ADIs no matter how long you’ve been in the business.
Thank you Martin and Maria.
Would highly recommend attending the business development course.
I attended the course today in Enfield, even though I have been teaching people to drive for 10 years, I am still learning new things.
Martin helped to look at the way I run my school in a different light and I will defiantly implement what I learnt on the course.
Thank you Martin and Marie
WOW! I’ve just been on a Business Development Course with Martin and it’s literally blown me away. Martin’s genuine passion for helping instructors earn an amazing living is obvious for all to see. Putting what he has shared with me into practice will increase my income by £000s. If you want to take your business and income to the next level, get yourself on Martin’s course!
I’ve just attended a 2 day training course in France with Martin. I was amazed at Martins depth of knowledge and how he provided solutions to any potential problems I could encounter in my driver training career. Martin has shown me just how far i can take my business and how much i can earn for me and my family. I feel so positive about my future career and Martin is now my “go to guy” if i have any business needs. In my opinion every PDI/ADI should attend one of Martins courses. Highly recommended.
I saw one of Martins videos on Facebook and decided to give him a call, to see if he could help me to grow my driving school. After speaking with Martin I decided to sign up for his 3 month mentoring package, Martin had lots of great ideas to help me to achieve my goals. Within the first 2 weeks I had taken on another ADI, by the end of the 3 months I had taken on 3 new instructors onto my company. Martin is very experienced in this field and has a wealth of knowledge.
Stephen Paraskeva of Bath
I’ve been working with Martin and he’s confirmed that what I’m doing is working well. He convinced me to up my prices by 10% to what appears to be the highest price in my area at £35ph (average appears to be £27-£30).
I upped the prices on my website and started quoting and within 3 days I’ve got 3 new students and no one has even questioned the pricing.
He’s basically encouraged me to try and see what happens. So far it appears to be working well! I was scared to put up prices but he was confident.
Good job Martin!
Martin is such a knowledgeable guy when it comes to the driving institute and has so much info to share with fellow ADI’s
I would never have considered putting prices up until I attended your course last week, already I have sold lessons to 2 new pupils with no quibble on price,
As a genuine note if you think you can do better you can, just get yourself on a course with Martin and he can tell you how, (the correct way) onwards and upwards as they say.
Thanks again Martin
Completed Martin Leathers Driving School Development day at Milton Keynes. Totally loved the day and came away with lots of great ideas of how to push my business forward
I attended the Business Development course run by Martin and Maria. Super day with lots of practical information. I left with 12 key actions for me to implement and I feel much more confident about an independent future.
I attended the course today in Milton Keynes, had a great time and met some like minded professionals.
Learnt a lot and hope to implement it all in my business
Would recommend attending.
Barry @ FiddysDrivingSchool
Firstly I bore Easley on some courses but not on Martins course. Good structured course, well delivered, and very informative of increasing an Adi’s income, and all the ways in which to do that.
Thanks again guys
Derek Wormald Adi Milton Keynes
Absolutely brilliant!! Learnt a lot and met some really nice people on the course. Martin is very knowledgeable person, great sense of humour, and a man with vision that can make you see through his eyes with great expectations… i implemented what I learned from the course and has worked for me. Just need to believe in it. So a big thank you!�
Attended the business development day with Martin & his lovely wife Maria. Really great day. Lots of information and fantastic ideas to help you take your business to the next level. Martin’s wealth of experience is obvious which makes him the perfect person to help you. He’s someone that really cares about ADI/PDIs and his passion to help us run our businesses properly and charge premium rates is fantastic. Thoroughly recommend this training day…….after the day I thought it was amazing value. Don’t delay book on one today, you won’t regret it!
Like most people in this industry I was shall we say, doubtful as to whether getting Martin to mentor me would really make a difference after all I thought I knew what I needed to do and I have already been stung by the likes of ‘Blxxx’ for my training and ‘DrxxxDyxxxxxs’ with my PDI badge.
Martin went straight to the root of my problem from the get go and then ran along side me for the rest of the way (figuratively speaking as I never run and I guess neither does Martin). I am now working independently with no franchise and regularly breaking my own income records. The diary is full and I am getting interest both online and offline.
I am not out of the woods quite yet but that light at the end of the tunnel is very bright and getting closer. I’ve even managed to have a week away without breaking the bank.
The best decision I’ve ever made since first signing my training contract 2 years ago was to speak to Martin Leather. It’s was a gamble for me I’ll be honest but it’s paid off and will continue to pay off as I implement more and more of Martins sage advice. A pleasure to know and a diamond investment for my business.
I have met Martin over Facebook and then at my local test centre and out on the roads and he has been a massive help to my business.
The best thing is that I am easily able to make more money with less time spent.
My wife is very happy as I am able to spend more time at home �
I had a great day on a course with Driving School Development today. Great to spend time with like minded people. I’ve come home with at least ten new things I can implement and a new found motivation.
Martin & Maria have a great passion for driving school and individual instructor’s development. They also support the Speed of Sight charity. Such a good cause.
Thanks also for sponsoring a Pudsey spot on my car for The Big Learner Relay supporting BBC Children in Need.
Martin is an excellent Mentor.I met him 23 years ago now at a point where I had not ever worked as an instructor after just qualifying for the green badge .
Martin gave me my first break and took me on as a driving instructor for the AA driving school .
He taught me how to run my business and how to sell lessons / diary management the whole package .
At that stage in my career it would be fair to say that I was completely green to what was involved.
Since then I have left the AA and set up my own school in Bedford Then sold the school , moved to the Scottish highlands and set up a second school become multi vehicle and had instructors working for me .
My wife and I now have relocated the business to a small village near Aviemore and are once again very successful in the new area .
Many thanks Martin Leather.
Best regards your friend
(Focus Driving School)