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We are proud to be the expert in commercial drainage solutions, providing customers with a safe, honest, reliable and professional service, day and night. Our specialist drain clearance and maintenance services include high-pressure water jetting, CCTV surveys, drain or sewer lining, excavation, electro-mechanical cleaning and fat and grease management, while our tanker fleet offers flood relief support, sewage jetting and de-silting.

Founded in 1983, Metro Rod was acquired by the Franchise Brands plc Group in 2017, joining a portfolio which also includes ChipsAway, Ovenclean and Barking Mad. We operate nationwide via a network of 40+ franchises and are looking for others to join us. Franchisees manage a team of highly skilled engineers who are trained to provide a range of high-quality services. The focus is on building customer relationships, managing people and providing the very best in customer service.

Investing in a Metro Rod franchise to transform your future

We provide all the tools to enable you to thrive, just like buying a business in kit form:

  • Exclusive local area
  • Unlimited earnings potential with 35% of franchisees achieving sales over £1m*
  • Nationally negotiated contracts with leading UK businesses, councils, schools and housing authorities
  • Unrivalled vision and investment in IT systems and processes
  • Robust, recession-proof business with high growth and profit potential
  • The use of a tried-and-tested business model
  • Nationally recognised brand name with a 35-year heritage
  • 24/7 call centre and a team of unique, support centre experts to rely upon
  • A supportive network of 40+ inspired and motivated franchisees
  • Full training in technical, health and safety, sales and marketing, finance and IT
  • We work with leading, global media and PR agencies to ensure success
  • Security and expertise of belonging to the larger Franchise Brands plc Group
  • Franchises can be built into attractive re-saleable assets, protecting investment
  • A Genuine Offer of Help from Key Workers

    A Genuine Offer of Help from Key Workers

    30th March 2020

    Metro Rod’s plan to assist the public during the COVID-19 crisis. We are aware that in these extraordinary times many of our customers, friends and colleagues are confined to their homes. We know that this change in lifestyle will inevitably bring a seri...

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  • Shocking Items Found in UK Drains

    Shocking Items Found in UK Drains

    13th December 2019

    12 jars of beetroot, 10 litres of cream and a WHOLE lasagne are just some of the shocking items that have made their way into UK drains. New research has revealed some of the strangest things that people in the UK have poured or placed down their drains, inclu...

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  • Franchise Brands Announces Acquisition of Willow Pumps

    Franchise Brands Announces Acquisition of Willow Pumps

    7th October 2019

    Adding highly complementary services to Metro Rod. Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand franchisor, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Willow Pumps, a leading water pump supply, installation and servicing business to complement and expand Metro Rod’s...

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  • Metro Rod has Undergone a Step Change says Franchise Brands PLC Boss Hemsley

    Metro Rod has Undergone a Step Change says Franchise Brands PLC Boss Hemsley

    22nd August 2019

    Franchise Brands PLC boss Stephen Hemsley has started to look for more acquisitions with the integration of drain maintenance business Metro Rod now largely finished. “We want to expand the services it offers,” he told Proactive and offer a complete “wat...

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  • Strong Performance from Metro Rod Sales

    Strong Performance from Metro Rod Sales

    23rd July 2019

    Franchise Brands plc (AIM: FRAN), a multi-brand international franchisor, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, the highlights of which can be seen below. Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman, commented: “Franchis...

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  • Conference Celebrates Drainage and Plumbing Management Franchise Success

    Conference Celebrates Drainage and Plumbing Management Franchise Success

    19th June 2019

    Conference Celebrates Drainage and Plumbing Management Franchise Success Metro Rod’s mid-year conference celebrates continuing evolution from ‘good to great.’ We were delighted to welcome over 100 delegates to celebrate success at our motivational mid-ye...

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  • Achievements of Metro Rod Franchisees and Engineers Recognised and Celebrated at Spectacular Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

    Achievements of Metro Rod Franchisees and Engineers Recognised and Celebrated at Spectacular Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

    23rd November 2018

    Franchisees at Metro Rod, the market leader in commercial drainage, together with support centre teams, the Franchise Brands Board and key partners and suppliers, gathered last weekend at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort for a spectacular annual conference ...

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  • Metro Rod Aberdeen Expand into 2018

    Metro Rod Aberdeen Expand into 2018

    29th January 2018

    Just a handful of months after taking over the Metro Rod Aberdeen area, Nick and Angela Langan, who also run hugely successful safety and compliance business ‘Safetest Compliance Services’, have started 2018 as they mean to go on, with expansion into Dunde...

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  • New Year, New Metro Rod!

    New Year, New Metro Rod!

    15th January 2018

    2018 is definitely set to be the most exciting year yet for leading drainage repair and maintenance company Metro Rod! Since being purchased by Franchise Brands PLC back in April 2017, it’s been non-stop. Franchisee visits with each member of the Metro Rod n...

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  • Metro Rod Celebrates At Inaugural Conference and Awards Ceremony 2017

    Metro Rod Celebrates At Inaugural Conference and Awards Ceremony 2017

    21st November 2017

    Franchisees, employees and suppliers from across the country all congregated last weekend at 5* resort – The Celtic Manor, for the much-anticipated Metro Rod conference and awards ceremony, sponsored by iTouch. This was the first of its kind under the owners...

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  • Peter Molloy Appointed Managing Director

    Peter Molloy Appointed Managing Director

    5th October 2017

    Franchise Brands plc is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Molloy to Managing Director of recently acquired Metro Rod, a leading provider of drainage and plumbing services. Peter has a substantial knowledge of the business having been Commercial Direct...

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  • Franchise Brands plc £28 million acquisition of Metro Rod Limited

    Franchise Brands plc £28 million acquisition of Metro Rod Limited

    23rd March 2017

    Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand international franchisor, today announces its proposed Acquisition of Metro Rod Limited, a leading provider of drain clearance and maintenance services, for a total consideration of £28 million. The deal represents Franchis...

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  • Businessman from Ebww Vale crowned 2016 bfa HSBC Young Franchisee of the Year

    Businessman from Ebww Vale crowned 2016 bfa HSBC Young Franchisee of the Year

    6th October 2016

    A young entrepreneur from Ebbw Vale has been named Young Franchisee of the Year at the 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, which took place last night (September 29th) at Town Hall Birmingham. Ben Witcomb, 26, oversees the Metro Rod franchise covering...

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  • North East Entrepreneur wins 2016 bfa HSBC Female Franchisee of the Year

    North East Entrepreneur wins 2016 bfa HSBC Female Franchisee of the Year

    6th October 2016

    A businesswoman from Morpeth has been named bfa HSBC Female Franchisee of the Year. Tricia Craig who co-founded and singly runs business Metro Rod, received the prestigious award at the British Franchise Association’s 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awa...

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  • Metro Rod Double Victory at BFA Awards

    Metro Rod Double Victory at BFA Awards

    6th October 2016

    Two franchisees from industry leading drainage experts Metro Rod have proven they are simply the best, winning their categories in the British Franchise Awards and beating competition from some of the most celebrated and successful franchise businesses in the ...

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Key Facts:

Opportunities:
Available across the UK
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£75,000
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part time:
Yes
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