ONE of the UK’s largest driving school franchises based in North Yorkshire has appointed York accountants Garbutt & Elliott to help support its drive for growth.

Bill Plant School of Motoring, based in Ripon, operates a driving school franchise with more than 700 driving instruction franchisees across the UK.

Jeremy Oliver, partner with Garbutt & Elliott, which also has offices in Leeds, said: "This is a prestigious and exciting appointment for us.

"Bill Plant School of Motoring has undergone significant expansion across the UK during the past five years and has ambitious plans for future growth."

Bill Plant, managing director and founder of Bill Plant School of Motoring, added: "We recognised that we needed professional support and advice in order to achieve our growth plans.

"We are continuing our drive for growth across the UK by offering new franchisees the chance the drive away a new Audi A3 as well as waiving an initial franchise fee."