Summary
Discover rewarding franchise management opportunities with one of the UK's leading drain care and maintenance companies.

Metro Rod

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£0
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Full

Company Overview

Metro Rod unblock and clear drains across the UK. We have a 24-hour call centre at our head office and, as specialists, can react to any type of drainage emergency. With a network of 45 franchises and 30 years’ experience, our fully trained and qualified personnel can deal with all our wlt_fielders’ drainage problems. A national brand with a local service.  Our Services: – CCTV drain surveys- Electro-mechanical clearing- Drain lining and rehabilitation- High-pressure water jetting- Drain excavation and repair- Drainage surveys- Pre-planned maintenance

Franchise Overview

Metro Rod are a nationwide drainage company with a local service, operating for over 30 years. We have franchises available right the way through the UK, and currently have an experienced network of over 40 franchises. Our franchise model includes many benefits to our franchisees including a 24-hour call centre, free factoring and a franchise support department that includes health and safety support, technical support and marketing support.

Training

The first week of training is at our head office in Macclesfield. This in-depth training teaches new franchisees about all core areas of our business, such as our software, operating system and marketing. The following 5 weeks training is carried out at the franchise and consists of business and technical support. After 10 weeks there’s a review meeting with an audit, and after 16 weeks a business plan & financial review.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

A Metro Rod franchisee is a management role. You will mainly be based in your office which is likely to be located within your exclusive territory. Apart from the management of your staff and active jobs, you will also need to participate in acquiring new commercial business via sales/marketing and meeting with potential clients. Some of our franchisees attend site visits and help the engineers with drainage issues.

 

Drainage in the UK is a multi-billion pound, highly profitable sector with demand 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day.

Investing in a Metro Rod franchise means you can build from an established customer base, with ongoing revenue, a fleet of vehicles, associated equipment and trained staff.

We have a high demand for our services nationwide and currently have 40 franchises servicing our clients across the whole of the UK, we are looking for ambitious, hard-working, commercially aware individuals that are looking to run their own business via our franchise model to help us keep up with this demand.
A focus of Metro Rod is to provide a 24/7/365 emergency response service to customers through its operating model of National Accounts and local Accounts. We are able to do this because of the large support centre team we have in place, as one of our franchisees you will have a team supporting you from training, business set up, marketing, processing quotes, handling enquiries to invoicing and payment collection. Our support centre team handles more than 15,000 calls and 8,000 emails per month serving customers and providing work for our network of franchisees.

Available territories:

  • Cardiff
  • Dundee
  • Highlands and Islands

Resale Opportunities

Location   Price
Cardiff  £150k (territory only)
Cambridge  £350k
South Yorkshire  £350k plus assets
London South East  £240k plus assets

Our excellent reputation and long list of satisfied clients are strong indicators of our attention to detail, clear communication, honesty and integrity.

Metro Rod’s and soon to be your specialist services include:

  • Drain clearance and maintenance.
  • High pressure water jetting.
  • CCTV surveys.
  • Drain or sewer lining.
  • Excavation.
  • Electro mechanical cleaning and fat and grease management.

Benefits of being a Metro Rod Franchisee

 

  • No prior experience of drainage necessary. Our hugely experienced technical team offer full training to get you started and stay with you using our tried and tested support programme.
  • Sales and marketing support – websites, advertising and a full brand pack of promotional materials continue to build the brand and secure more national account work year on year through our dedicated national accounts team.
  • Being part of Franchise Brands means that Metro Rod franchisees can also benefit from a dedicated support team that work closely with franchisees to help raise the brand profile and drive customer enquiries.
  • Our support centre handles the invoicing and credit control function dealing with invoicing, payment collection and debtors on your behalf, so that you can focus on growing your business.
  • In-house call centre team working 24/7 365 days a year processing enquiries and preparing quotations.

Approximately 80 per cent. of the services are provided on a reactive basis. In the last two years Metro Rod have completed over £70m worth of jobs, so there’s nothing our service engineers haven’t seen! However, as a franchisee not only will you benefit from all the work, we channel through to you, plus pre planned maintenance contracts you will also be able to service your own local portfolio of customers becoming their local hero.

Costs & Earning Potential

Metro Rod offer several ways that you can join the business the minimum investment for a Metro Rod franchise is approx. £100k if you can invest £30k we have relationships with some of the major banks with our proven track record and financial supporting data loans of 70% are possible. Resales of existing businesses start from £150k+ VAT.

We also have other opportunities with our Metro Plumb franchise business which carries a minimum investment value of £10k.

For hard working and dedicated franchisees, the Metro Rod franchise model can generate a fantastic earning potential. A large proportion of our franchisee’s turnover in excess of £1m per year.

The Metro Rod franchise model is a proven success that has remained resilient against recession. Our emergency repair services and regular drain maintenance contracts have kept Metro Rod franchisees busy, regardless of the state of the economy.

Metro Rod is the ideal franchise opportunity for committed individuals who have management or small business operation experience; you don’t need to be a drainage expert, as we provide you with all the training you need to run your own successful drain care business.

We have been members of the British Franchising Association (BFA) since 1997 and have won a number of national awards with them. As well as winning Franchisor of the Year in 2003, in 2016, two of our franchisees were named Young Franchise of the Year and Female Franchisee of the Year.

Interested?

If this sounds like the type of brand you would like to be associated with, request more information today or speak with our team directly about the available options and for more information.

Take the plunge to a brand-new future

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Full Legal Company Name
Metro Rod
HQ Address

Ashwood Court, Tytherington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2XF, England

Telephone
0808 208 3098
Contact
Gillian Walker
BFA Membership
Member - Full
Company overview

Metro Rod unblock and clear drains across the UK. We have a 24-hour call centre at our head office and, as specialists, can react to any type of drainage emergency. With a network of 45 franchises and 30 years’ experience, our fully trained and qualified personnel can deal with all our wlt_fielders’ drainage problems. A national brand with a local service.  Our Services: - CCTV drain surveys- Electro-mechanical clearing- Drain lining and rehabilitation- High-pressure water jetting- Drain excavation and repair- Drainage surveys- Pre-planned maintenance

Investment Currency
GBP £
Training

The first week of training is at our head office in Macclesfield. This in-depth training teaches new franchisees about all core areas of our business, such as our software, operating system and marketing. The following 5 weeks training is carried out at the franchise and consists of business and technical support. After 10 weeks there’s a review meeting with an audit, and after 16 weeks a business plan & financial review.

Business Type
Franchise
Franchise Overview

Metro Rod are a nationwide drainage company with a local service, operating for over 30 years. We have franchises available right the way through the UK, and currently have an experienced network of over 40 franchises. Our franchise model includes many benefits to our franchisees including a 24-hour call centre, free factoring and a franchise support department that includes health and safety support, technical support and marketing support.

Home Based
Yes
Locations
UK-England
Daily Life of a Franchisee

A Metro Rod franchisee is a management role. You will mainly be based in your office which is likely to be located within your exclusive territory. Apart from the management of your staff and active jobs, you will also need to participate in acquiring new commercial business via sales/marketing and meeting with potential clients. Some of our franchisees attend site visits and help the engineers with drainage issues.

Training Provided
Yes
Min Investment
0
Part Time
Yes
Franchises suitable for Women
Yes
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