Awards & Memberships
Insight 2 Drive, an award winning company!
Thanks everyone!It is always great to be nominated for an award and even better to receive one, however, we strive to help people either pass their driving tests first time and become safe and skilled drivers for life. The best reward for us is to have a happy customer. It is good to know we have simply done a great job. Thanks to everyone who has nominated us and voted for us.
Liverpool business woman, Kathy Higgins has scooped a top accolade at the 2014 Enterprise Vision Awards (EVA’s).
Kathy Higgins, owner of Insight 2 Drive driving school took the title in the Training and Coaching category. Approximately 21% of driving instructors are female and an even smaller number run their own fleet of cars, however Kathy remains streets ahead in the male dominated industry and is driven by her passion to keep our roads safe.
Kathy said: “I am thrilled to have won but shocked too, the other ladies in my category are simply fantastic, so I still can’t believe I actually won. What a fantastic event to be involved in, I can’t wait for next year. Thank you so much EVA’s”
The Enterprise Vision Awards were launched in 2011 by Coral Horn, founder of the Pink Link Ladies networking group. The awards seek to shine a spotlight on the achievements of entrepreneurial women from across the North West and have grown year on year since their launch; with the addition of two new categories, Online Business and Hospitality Industry, to this year’s awards.
The winners were named at a glittering ceremony hosted by broadcaster Penny Haslam at the Blackpool Winter Gardens and saw over 600 guests in attendance. The awards were supported for a second year by headline sponsor, NatWest.
National Entrepreneur Awards 2014
Golden L Awards 2014 | Best Local Franchise.
The Insight 2 Drive Team where nominated as the best local franchise, they where up against 7 other driving school franchises around the UK! They made it into the top 3. 1 Influence from and Beverley Slater from Stockport where also up. Kathy Higgins and Barbara Porter attended the glittering event to receive the award. Kathy said “it is a great honour to win another award, but it is down to the fantastic team of driving instructors we have working with us and of course an exceptional support team. Thanks everyone who makes Insight 2 Drive a great place to work”
Barbara Porter DSA ADI.
Barbara was also nominated to receive an award for ‘The ADI that has Shown Dedication to the Industry’. She was piped at the post by John Farlam of Smartdriving. However, it was great to see her nominated.
Enterprise Vision Awards (Eva) 2013.
The Enterprise Vision Awards have been created to recognise those ladies in The North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own businesses or are at the forefront of their profession. Eva celebrates these ladies, who are championing entrepreneurial growth in our region and recognises the efforts they have made to start and develop businesses whilst facing challenges along the way. Kathy was nominated in the ‘Training and Coaching’ category. She won a ‘Highly Commended’ award for getting the most unique public votes in the entire awards which was spread over all 14 categories.
The BNI Givers Gain Award 2011.
Kathy was presented with this award for her work in helping other local businesses grow their businesses. BNI stands for Business Network International, which is a global network, based on helping fellow members with referral introductions in order to help them grow their businesses. Kathy took on the role of Membership co-coordinator in the Maverick chapter and became an Assistant Director to the Merseyside group. Kathy has had to take a sabbatical from this role because the success of Insight 2 Drive.
St Benedict’s Collage (now ESLA).
X Factor Judge Award.
Because of our road safety work with the school Kathy was invited to become a judge at the X Factor event. This was a fabulous event which promoted the talent of the school. St Benedict’s have now merged with New Hays School to become Enterprise South Liverpool Academy. (ESLA). Insight 2 Drive are currently still supporting ESLA and many other schools with their business studies, often taking the cars into the playground to do some driver training mainly focusing on the dangers of texting while driving. We currently deliver a number of presentations to local school to either the whole of a year or to individual classes. Find out more on our Schools and Young Drivers page.
FSB, British Small Business Champions 2008.
Insight 2 Drive were nominated and short-listed for the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) British Small Business Champions Award in 2008.
Women in Business Best Networker Award 2008.
Kathy won this award because of her enthusiastic approach to both business and driver training.
Kathy has also developed her training skills to educate others in the driver training industry, and is a regular volunteer with Young Enterprise, helping the next generation of business people. There is insufficient praise for this highly talented and self-motivated woman, who lives her life for the driving industry, road safety and all those connected to it.
Kathy Higgins runs a very successful driving tuition company, made up of a highly motivated team of driving instructors offering all types of driving lessons and development courses from crash courses to 1 hour driving lessons. Kathy’s hand-picked driving instructors and trainers are dedicated to customer service as well as teaching individuals to drive. Kathy is passionate about ‘putting back’ and has spearheaded a campaign highlighting the dangers of illegal driving instructors and helping the young ones in schools understand the dangers of the road.
Driving Instructor wins a business award – 2008.
The Women in Business (NW) Awards, now in their second year, are organised by the Women in Business Network.
The awards are given in support of women and to encourage female entrepreneurship.
Women are half as likely as men to be running a business and, as a women’s network, we aim to change this within the North West.
We do this by encouraging women to invest time, money or energy in supporting each other and to be able to maximise the opportunity to network in a supportive business environment.
This was the case when the finalists were nominated as they have been recognised as women that have helped others within the Network with either encouragement or as a realistic role model that help other realise that “they can do it” too.
Kathy Higgins of Insight 2 Drive has been an asset to the network since she joined and this was recognised by her nominations and being the Winner of the Best Woman in Business sponsored by Business Link Northwest.
Kathy said, “I did not think I would win for one second, I was shocked when my name was called out, I am actively involved in a lot of organizations and I always give my best. I enjoy helping other people and often give up my time free to do this. I count myself very fortunate to be earning a living doing something I really enjoy, and the driving instructors and drivers that I train will often comment that they can tell I am really enjoying my job.I am also very proud of the Insight 2 Drive team, I am always here for them and I try to encourage them to undergo professional and personal development too.
They simply are a great team of driving instructors.
“Kathy also encourages other new business women and uses her knowledge to mentor them to overcome problems with real life solutions.
Business can be tough especially in a very male dominated arena which Kathy works in.
She has taken on a campaign to help others become wiser when using other less reputable services and has spent her own time and money producing an information leaflet to create an awareness of illegal driving instructors.
She is always extremely encouraging to others and “gives back” at any opportunity; Kathy is a great ambassador for women in business everywhere
Women in Business are very proud that Kathy is part of their network.
IMTD Golden Jubilee 2005.
Kathy attended the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving golden jubilee dinner in 2005 as a member; she is now the secretary of the IMTD and has been since 2010. The IMTD are an organisation with the slogan ‘only the best shall serve’. You cannot simply join this organisation, you have to be invited, interviewed and inducted. Kathy feels it is a great honour to follow the last secretary Bernard Rogers who had been in the role for 21 years!
Merseyside Women – Making a Difference Award 2005.
Kathy won the Merseyside Women, Making a Difference Award 2005. The write up on her is as follows… “Kathy has advanced her ambition and career within a male dominated driving industry, to become one of the UK’s leading figures in driver tuition. Kathy has also developed her training skills to educate others in the driver training industry, those choosing to join the industry, and advanced her knowledge of road safety issues relating to the general public. There is insufficient praise for this highly talented and self-motivated woman, who lives her life for the driving industry, road safety and all those connected to it”.
Kathy said “Meeting Cherie Booth was great, she has an amazing memory, she must have read up on every woman who had won an award!”
We are currently members of the associations below:
In alphabetical order…
- ADI CPD Club.
- ADI Federation.
- ADINJC | Kathy has retired as a committee member.
- Association of British Drivers.
- Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers.
- Brake – The Road Safety Charity.
- Diamond Advanced Training.
- The Dile.
- Driving Instructors Association.
- Federation of Small Businesses. | Kathy is on the committee for The Liverpool and Knowsley Branch.
- Institute of Advanced Motorists.
- Institute of Master Tutors of Driving. | Kathy is the Secretary.
- Motor Schools Association. | Kathy has retired from the Committee for the North West.
- Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers.
- RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association. | Kathy has retired from the committee for the Merseyside Group.
- Young Enterprise. | Kathy and the team give up their time free to mentor the next generation of business owners.