Press Release

DriverNet on the road to success

15th November 2019

St Helens tech start up wins £15,000 in innovation awards in tech and mobility sectors

Pilot with St Helens Council is a success in improving passenger transport safeguarding and efficiency

DriverNet is now launching new operations across security, couriers, Dial A Ride, bus operations and health and social care mobile workers

St Helens tech start up DriverNet is growing from strength to strength after recently winning the prestigious Merseyside Innovation and Future of Mobility Awards, beating some tough competition to claim £15,000 in prize money for its innovative features and commercial potential.

DriverNet provides transport and mobile workforce management systems to improve the efficiency of transport and mobile worker operations, from passenger buses and security teams to couriers, healthcare professionals and housing associations.

The company was founded in 2017 by Ant Chisnall, who grew up in Eccleston, St Helens. They have since received over £100,000 of funding from Innovate UK and the DfT, as well as £200,000 seed funding from Angel Investor Matt Newing.

Following a successful pilot with St Helens Council in 2019, DriverNet’s smartphone app is now being used on their passenger operations for Adult Social Care, Special Educational Needs pupils and NHS patient transfers. Launches with local Dial A Ride services and other councils across England and Wales are now scheduled for early 2020.

Chief Executive, Ant Chisnall, said: "It’s ten times more difficult to find a team, launch an app and find an investor in Sankey Valley than it is in Silicon Valley, so these awards mean a lot to us. Beating 48 other leading start-ups in mobility and health tech is a clear marker of our social purpose and commercial potential, which has helped us secure more funding from Matt Newing, and a commercial partnership with 02."

"It has led to developments with local NHS trusts, CCGs and one of the largest private healthcare providers in the UK."

"DriverNet provides users with telematics and reports, channels for messaging and reporting, lone worker safety alerts, journey information, client profiles, navigation and vehicle safety. In ways similar to Uber, we also let passengers, patients, customers or families know precisely when vehicles or mobile workers are scheduled to arrive. We remove a major pain point faced daily by millions of people."

For more information about DriverNet, please go to:

Notes to editors:

  1. DriverNet is a digital platform that increases the safety and efficiency of operations that use paper-based print outs or legacy systems for cross sector transport and mobile worker operations.
  2. The DriverNet platform is comprised of a smartphone app for mobile operatives and clients, and a cloud management system to control and monitor events at base.
  3. The driver app provides vehicle checks, client information, journey guidance, messaging and reporting channels, expense trackers, lone worker safety systems and more, whilst connecting users to customers via SMS or app.
  4. Winner of the Merseyside Innovation Award, £10,000 –
  5. Winner of the CityX Expo 2019 Future of Mobility pitch competition -
  6. Participated in the Wayra Intelligent Mobility Accelerator with the Transport Systems Catapult start up programme in 2018 and are forming a reseller agreement with 02 Telefonica.

Interviews available on request.

Please contact: Ant Chisnall on 0844 248 0724 or 07722 667592.