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Discover rewarding management franchise 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.

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.

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We are in high demand for our services nationwide and currently have 43 franchise locations, 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 an emergency response service to customers through its operating model of National Accounts and local customers. 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 to assist you with marketing, IT, Sales, quotes, tenders, 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.

Resale Opportunities

Location  Price
Gloucester£50k (Territory only)
Exeter£50k (Territory only)
Brighton £50k (Territory only)
Aberdeen£50k (Territory only)
Oxford £400k (Including Assets & fully staffed)
Edinburgh£350k (Including Assets & fully staffed)
Bristol £995K (Including Assets & fully staffed)

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 highly experienced technical team will provide 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.

Last year Metro Rod completed over £50 million pounds worth of jobs, a 24% growth increase despite of covid. As a franchisee not only will you benefit from all the work, we channel through to you, we are adding new services and introducing new revenue streams all the time. You will also be able to build local relationships and create your own portfolio of customers, giving you complete ownership of how big you wish to grow your business.

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% LTV 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.


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.
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Metro Rod Ltd News

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

February 15, 2024
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.

Sewing the Seams of Change: From Needle and Thread to Drainage Business Mastery

With over two decades of dedicated service in the drainage business, their story encapsulates the incredible potential a franchise business can offer.

From Sewing Alterations to Franchise Owners

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.

Choosing the Franchise Route

Their journey into franchising began when Clive's brother, who operated a drainage business in Bath, expressed his desire to expand the business. They considered the opportunity but soon stumbled upon Metro Rod, a professional and reputable name in the drainage industry. With their two sons in mind, working together as a family became an attractive possibility for them all.

A Well-Informed Decision

After an initial interview at Metro Rod’s HQ, they were impressed by the thorough explanation of the franchise model and the support offered by Metro Rod. The transparency in the discussions left no room for doubt. Maureen and Clive agreed it was a golden opportunity with a well-established, professional company.

A Learning Experience

Clive and Maureen confessed they were novices in the world of business when they embarked on their franchise journey. However, Metro Rod provided them with impeccable training and support, ensuring they never felt alone in their endeavours. The support line was always available, no matter the situation. Their training taught them the ropes, and they quickly gained the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

What Makes Metro Rod Great

Over the years, the couple discovered what sets Metro Rod apart from competitors - professionalism, an impeccable health and safety record, quality work, competitive prices, and a staff known for their politeness and willingness to go the extra mile.

The Recipe for a Successful Franchisee

Clive and Maureen believe that a successful franchisee must be prepared to work diligently, preferably from the ground up. Gaining first-hand knowledge of the business is essential to command the respect of employees and set high standards.

Close-Knit Team

As time passed, the couple gradually handed over the reins of the business to their sons and a hard-working close-knit support team. Now after 22 years their roles transitioned to overseeing major decisions. The consistent success of their business is a testament to their effective leadership.

One of the keys to their success in retaining the best staff is paying slightly above the average. They offer commissions to their engineers and pass on praise and compliments. Beyond business, they take an interest in their staff's personal lives and are there when a personal crisis arises. This has helped them foster loyalty among their team.

Community Involvement and Charity Work

Metro Rod Bristol has been an active part of the community, sponsoring a local junior rugby team and supporting a local charity called "I Can." Clive and Maureen are also involved in charity fundraising, further strengthening their connection with the community.

Advice for Future Franchisees

Clive and Maureen's most valuable piece of advice for aspiring franchisees is to commit wholeheartedly and work closely with the franchisor to get the best out of the business. Be prepared for the round-the-clock responsibility that comes with entrepreneurship.

In conclusion, Clive and Maureen's journey with Metro Rod Bristol is an example of many across the network. Their hard work, dedication, and partnership with a reputable franchise like Metro Rod have transformed their lives and created a thriving family business. If you're considering joining the franchise, their story is a powerful reminder that it's never too late to embark on an exciting entrepreneurial journey.

Metro Rod Ltd Testimonials
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 Ltd
The best thing we ever did was invest in tankers. It has opened so much work: septic tanks, soakaways, interceptors, jetting and crawlering which then leads to adoption work with the water authorities.
Adrian Taylor Metro Rod Franchise Owner,
Metro Rod Ltd
I came to Metro Rod with no experience in drainage back in 2014, but I learned everything I needed from the team and, combined with lots of on-the-job experience, I am now a qualified engineer. I love working with the team here at Mid Wales; we’re like a family. We work hard, always do that little bit extra for the customer and above all else, I know my work is valued.
Tom Emberton Metro Rod Engineer,
Metro Rod Ltd
I’ve been with Metro Rod for 4 years as the Operations Manager. Everything we do here is a team effort, and whether it is in the office or out in the field, our customer service always comes first. The thing I like most is that we’re a close-knit team, and we’re flexible, so try to ensure everyone has a happy work-life balance.
Daley Jones Operations Manager,
Metro Rod Ltd
My wife and I have been running Metro Rod (Norwich) since 2001, and over that time have built up a strong and loyal client base.
Shaun O’Brian,
Metro Rod Ltd
I love what I do and am proud of what I have achieved – I am thankful to my team and Metro Rod for the support that they have given to me. Although I do a great deal of local marketing, I get guaranteed work from Metro Rod with their National Accounts. Metro Rod also looks after all my invoicing and I have a very low level of debt due to their credit control service and my personal efforts. The support of a franchisor and franchise network would be difficult to match on my own!
Tricia Craig, Metro Rod franchisee for the North East,
Metro Rod Ltd
Metro Rod Ltd Videos
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Metro Rod | Franchisee Video - Paul Davies

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Metro Rod | Franchise Brands continue seeking acquisition deals after underlying profits hit record levels

Franchise Brands PLC (AIM:FRAN) Stephen Hemsley joins Proactive to talk about their performance over the last three months. He explains how this period has been driven by its commercial drainage business Metro Rod where sales jumped 32%.
BFA CEO Meets Metro Rod

BFA CEO Meets Metro Rod

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the BFA sits down for an interview with Peter Molloy, Managing Director of Metro Rod.
Metro Rod | Franchise Brands announce record profits and an ambitious acquisition strategy

Metro Rod | Franchise Brands announce record profits and an ambitious acquisition strategy

After a strong recovery across the entire business, Stephen Hemsley, executive chairman of Franchise Brands (LON:FRAN) tells Proactive London "We are confident that the full year performance will be ahead of current consensus market expectations." The company is an international multi-brand franchisor and Hemsley put the strong performance of commercial drainage specialist Metro Rod down to the 21% increase in system sales and tight cost control, and he expects an acceleration in H2 sales for pump supply, installation and servicing business Willow Pumps as the hospitality sector in particular fully reopens.
Metro Rod | Franchise Brands drove bottom line by 'learning lessons of the lockdown'

Metro Rod | Franchise Brands drove bottom line by 'learning lessons of the lockdown'

Executive Chairman of Franchise Brands, Stephen Hemsley, talks to Proactive London's Katie Pilbeam after making a strong start to the year as underlying earnings (EBITDA) increased 24% to £2mln in the first three months of 2021.
Metro Rod | Connect Customer Portal - User Journey

Metro Rod | Connect Customer Portal - User Journey

Are you frustrated not knowing what's happened to the jobs you book with suppliers? Metro Rod's Connect portal gives you full visibility and instant access to all jobs, from checking to job status to seeing the description of work and cost details.
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