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Established businesses for sale: £100K - £1M+
supported within the Metro Services Group
Investing in a Metro Rod resale means you can build from an established customer base, with ongoing revenue, a fleet of vehicles, associated equipment and trained staff.
Your local business
365 days 24/7
Metro Rod local businesses operate across the domestic, commercial, industrial and utility markets. Drainage in the UK is a multi-billion pound highly profitable sector with demand 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day.
The power of a national brand (est. 1983) giving your business a competitive advantage:
Successful Metro Rod business owners work on growing their local business, managing staff to meet SLA’s and delivering first class service. Typically, 60% of income is generated through key accounts and 40% locally, by the business owner and their team. You will benefit from being a part of a national network of like-minded business owners, keen to share ideas and experiences.
Investment and returns
As an established network of businesses there are always investment opportunities arising for across the country. Depending on the territories available at any one time - prices range from £100K to £1m+.
Franchisees are taking six figures sums out of their businesses, and still investing in the business's growth.
As you will be joining an established franchise network and investing in a fully operating business with on-going revenue, we have excellent relationships with the major banks who generally offer 70% of the investment.
Currently we have opportunities available across the UK,
including areas in and around London.
Date: 3rd October 2016
Metro Rod Double Victory at BFA Awards
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 country.
Franchising contributes more than £15 Billion to the UK economy each year and there are countless examples of franchisees creating highly successful businesses, therefore, Metro Rod were thrilled when their two of their franchisees Ben Witcomb, of Metro Rod (Newport, Hereford and Gloucester) and Tricia Craig from Metro Rod (North East) were named as winners at a glittering awards ceremony held in Birmingham on Thursday 29th September.
The British Franchise Association (BFA) Awards recognise the UK’s most exceptional franchise businesses in a range of categories. Looking closely at their business growth and development, service excellence and ethical franchising practice, some of the best franchise businesses across the UK were showcased at the awards. The Awards celebrate the best of the best and therefore Metro Rod were thrilled to be announced as winners in two categories.
Ben Witcomb of Metro Rod’s Newport, Hereford and Gloucester franchise was the winner in the category of ‘Young Franchisee of the Year’. 26 year old Ben took over the reins of his family business in 2012 and through hard work and a focus on local commercial sales; he has shown a 209% growth in sales in just three years. Ben’s core team are all under 30, providing the franchise with a positive and youthful outlook which has a real ‘can do’ mind-set.
Ben said, "It's an honour to receive such a prestigious award, it really shows that hard work and dedication pays off. I have a fantastic team built around me and I am excited for the future ahead."
Metro Rod’s second winner is Tricia Craig, who won the hotly contested ‘Female Franchisee of the Year’ award. Tricia’s victory is proof of how drive, determination and a commitment to building a local reputation is the road to success. Tricia’s franchise was established in 1999 and successfully negotiated the economic downturn during the 2008 recession and subsequent lean years, with no loss of business or staff. In 2015 the company’s turnover topped the million pound mark, showing an impressive 13% increase in net profit and 30% increase in turnover.
Tricia said, “I am absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious award. I have a wonderful team of people and together, we strive to deliver the highest level of service to our clients.”
All of the Metro Rod network are incredibly proud of Ben and Tricia’s success. Metro Rod’s Managing Director, Colin Davis attended the awards with Ben and Tricia and said; "I am delighted that two of our franchisees have won these awards. They both work really hard to achieve excellence in everything they do. It is testament to how they have developed strong positive relationships with the franchisor to drive the Metro Rod and Metro Plumb businesses forward. There are 45,000 franchisees in the UK and I am proud that Tricia and Ben are the Best of the Best."
Sue Caulfield, Metro Rod
Many entrepreneurs have to overcome adversity. Sue’s certainly taken on a lot more than her fair share in order to be where she is today.
Sue started the business with her husband in 1999 after returning to the UK from Germany, where she lived for seven years. Everything went well from the outset; they hired their first employee within the year and sustained, consistent growth led to the couple taking on a second territory in 2002. Over the next six years it developed into a strong, multi-van business with several employees.
But in 2008 Sue developed severe emphysema; entering hospital on Mother’s Day 2009, she underwent a double lung transplant and spent nearly five months in ICU. On her return she could barely walk from the house to the garden office.
When they divorced shortly after, the couple split the territories, forcing Sue on a steep learning curve to reorganise, restructure and learn all aspects of operations to run the business on her own.
Despite these challenges, Sue’s business has grown every year, including by almost 20% in the last year. She now employs nine staff with six vans, and has a projected turnover of nearly three-quarters-of-a-million pounds this year thanks to an incredible dedication and drive. “I’m blowed if I’m going to sit back and say ‘poor me’,” she says.
Over the next five to 10 years, Sue plans to have her daughter and son-in-law take an increasing role in the business as she steps back. After all, nobody can say she hasn’t earned the right to take things a little easier in the future!