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Metro Rod Franchise

UK’s leading supplier of drainage services. New areas released. Get in touch to discuss the range of resales and fresh territories available to build a profitable franchise business within the sought after Metro Rod network.

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At a Glance

Established: 1983

UK Presence: 40+ franchises

Average start up cost: £100,000

Min personal contribution: £30,000

Development type: Single-unit franchises; multi-unit franchises.

Franchise Membership: bfa Established

Franchise Info

metro rod drain and repair centre

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

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

Founded in 1983, Metro Rod is a leading provider of drain clearance and maintenance services, we have been clearing and unblocking drains for more than 35 years and we’re proud of our reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction.

Metro Rod serves national business customers across multiple sectors including facilities management, retail, water utilities, social housing, hospitality and insurance, as well as local businesses and other customers in the private and public sectors. Some of our clients include:

We have been FULL members of the British Franchising Association (BFA) since 1997.

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Metro Rod Franchise Opportunity

Our emergency repair services and regular drain maintenance contracts have kept Metro Rod franchisees busy, regardless of the state of the economy. Not only will you benefit from the work we channel through to you, plus pre planned maintenance contracts, you will also service your own local portfolio of customers.

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.

Available resales for those looking for a management opportunity:

Investing in a Metro Rod franchise resale allows you to build from an established customer base with ongoing revenue, a fleet of vehicles, associated equipment and trained staff. Ideal for those with management or small business operation experience; No drainage experience is necessary.  

Available opportunities for those with drainage experience:

We also have areas that are currently company owned that we are releasing for sale. This is a unique opportunity as it allows you to join the Metro Rod network for a green field price of £50K-£75K. There is existing turnover in these areas as we have current customer bases in all of them. You do need to build your own team and assets. 

These are ideal for skilled drainage engineers, tanker drivers, pump engineers, waste management professionals, water management experts, civil engineers, or construction workers seeking an exciting new opportunity.

The areas are:

Payment plans available in house, book an call to discuss how we can help you get started with your own Metro Rod Franchise.

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 materials plus our Metro Rod’s support centre team assist franchisees in new business generation through their dedicated national accounts team.
  • Being part of Franchise Brands - benefit from the Franchise Brands marketing centre of excellence, a team of experienced and knowledgeable marketing professionals who work on national brand awareness campaigns with some of the world’s best media agencies.
  • Large support centre –a team supporting you from training, business set up, marketing, processing quotes, handling enquires to accounts including 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.
  • In-house call centre team working 24/7 365 days a year processing enquiries and quotations.

"Tracey was my first contact when I enquired about a Metro Rod resale opportunity. She obviously knew her stuff, was easy to talk to and made what was a huge personal decision so much easier as a result. I always felt Tracey made every effort to make the process & negotiations as transparent as possible and was great help when coordinating the all the parties involved in the sale."
Daniel Rhodes, Managing Director, Metro Rod (South Yorkshire)

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Interested in Metro Rod ?

Contact Tracey Cockerton

Franchise Recruitment Manager

Click on the link below to receive further information on our franchise opportunity. You can also connect directly with us to ask any questions.

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Metro Rod Franchise Resales

Success Stories

Success Story
From Needle and Thread to Drainage Business Mastery

The story of Clive and Maureen, owners of Metro Rod Bristol, is bound to inspire you. With over two decades of dedicated service in the drainage business, their story encapsulates the incredible potential a franchise business can offer. Clive, with a background in construction, and Maureen, with her sewing alterations business, found themselves at a crossroads. Clive’s work kept him away from home, and they yearned for more quality time together as they neared their fifties. The couple decided it was time for a change, a new venture they could work on together.

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Success Story
Metro Rod Bristol has been a true family business for over 22 years

Clive and Maureen Newport have been Metro Rod franchisees for over 22 years. Approaching their 50th birthdays, it was a desire for quality family time that led them to look for something they could work on together.  And now with both their sons in the business, Metro Rod Bristol has become a true family business for them.

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Metro Rod marks 40 years in business with 40,000 meal donation

Metro Rod has marked its 40 years in business with a 40,000 meal donation to FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity tackling food waste for social good.

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Another year of strong growth for Franchise Brands

Franchise Brands plc, a multi-brand franchisor, this morning provides a trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2022, reporting that the Board expects the Group's revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EPS for the year ended 31 December 2022 to be slightly ahead of recently-increased current consensus market expectations. Trading in the second half of year remained strong in the B2B division (which includes Metro Rod, Willow Pumps, and Filta UK) and Filta North America, our two largest businesses. 

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Start from scratch or buy a franchise resale?

So, you have made the decision, to go it alone. Hat's off to you, it’s an exciting journey and it can be hugely rewarding. Now for the big question..... What is your business idea? Something new? something no one else has thought of? Perhaps you are waiting for that light bulb moment. While you consider what the world needs next, read on to help you choose which pathway is going to get you there.

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A strong performance, driven by accelerating Metro Rod system sales and acquisition of Willow Pumps

Franchise Brands plc (AIM: FRAN), a multi-brand franchise business, is pleased to announce its full year audited results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman, commented: “2019 has seen us successfully build the business both organically and by acquisition, with an acceleration in system sales growth at Metro Rod and Metro Plumb, and a recovery in franchise recruitment in the newly formed B2C division, complemented by the acquisition of Willow Pumps which has expanded Metro Rod’s range of services." 

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Franchise Brands Announces Acquisition of Willow Pumps

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 drainage and plumbing businesses.

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Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019

A strong performance driven by accelerating Metro Rod system sales 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 by reading more...

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