Business opportunities with significant potential are available for:
Professionals with management experience Direct a multi-van operation with the potential for substantial development and ROI, as shown by existing Metro franchisees
Plumbers with ambition Start with a single van and build your business with our support and national contracts providing you with customers from day one
Emergency plumbing is a multibillion-pound industry that’s in high demand 24/7/365, whatever the economic and political landscape. This is a vast marketplace with huge potential for ambitious people looking to combine their own skills with the systems and support of a nationwide brand.
As a part of the Metro Plumb network, you will run your business with the reassurance of being able to call on our experienced head office team to help you every step of the way – which starts with our commercial contracts providing you with a base of customers.
Investment & Rewards
The initial investment required is from £17,500, plus equipment and personal expenses while you build your new business.
By combining the national accounts work we give you with your own local marketing, the potential return on your investment is impressive: our Metro Rod franchisees have built and sold established businesses for £75k - £1m and we expect Metro Plumb business owners to do the same in the future.
Guidance & Support
As part of the Metro Services Group, you will benefit from an established support network with over 30 years’ experience guiding and supporting franchises in developing successful businesses. Our dedicated support for our franchisees includes:
About Metro Services Group
We boast a 30-year history of growth. With a hard-earned reputation for outstanding customer service and imaginative technological innovation, franchisees and their teams deliver a range of local services across the country.
“Metro Rod is an undoubted success story in the world of franchising. Through the hard work and commitment of our franchisees, we’ve built our company to become the UK’s leading supplier of drainage services, with a hard-won reputation for outstanding customer service and imaginative technological innovation. We have brought all this experience and expertise to the Metro Plumb franchise opportunity.”
Chris Hirst, Franchise Director
We have a wide variety of new start-up territories ready for franchisees to launch their business, including:
To find out more please get in touch with Steve Chambers at the Metro Services Group head office.
Metro Plumb – Just how big is the market for plumbing services?
Metro Rod are one of the UK’s leading reactive drainage businesses and have been busy servicing the nations drains, sewers and toilets successfully for over 30 years. With a turnover of over £30 Million and growing by over 10% per annum the business was looking for complimentary but different areas into which to expand.
In the UK the contract plumbing market was estimated to be c£14.7 billion per annum in 2014 and the market is expected to be worth £17.1bn by then end of 2017**. Clean water plumbing services are a natural partner service to drainage and the decision, therefore, was taken by Metro Services Group to launch a plumbing service which would prove attractive to many of Metro Rods existing 400 key account customer base.
As drainage is delivered highly successfully and efficiently using a franchise territory based model it seemed logical to extend this delivery method to plumbing. Metro Rod has over 40 franchisees delivering drainage services profitably all across the UK. Many of these franchisees started their businesses operating as a “man in a van” but have subsequently gone on to develop large scale businesses with turnovers in excess of £1million per annum.
Chris Hirst, Franchise Director of Metro Plumb said: “Franchising is a proven and entrepreneurial model we have used to deliver a successful customer based service confidently into our large key account customer base for many years. This has led to huge growth and profit potential for our franchisees and we believe by utilising our existing expertise in franchising and leveraging our existing assets of a 24/7/365 call centre, accounts and existing field based technical and business development functions we can create another successful business for new franchisees ”
With a market set for significant growth and a proven support provider backing the initiative ‘Metro Plumb’ the new franchise opportunity from the Metro Services Group is looking forward to making a huge splash. Get in touch now to find out if a territory near you is still available.
** Research & Markets: Plumbing Contractors Market Report - UK 2015-2019 Analysis
Metro Plumb brings a natural extension of service for Spencer…
Spencer Horsfield has been a Metro Rod franchisee for over 16 years, renewing his franchise agreement with Metro Services Group 3 times! So when Metro Services Group announced their intention to launch a plumbing franchise to compliment the services offered by the group to end customers Spencer was keen to find out more.
Spencer is already running one of the top 5 franchise businesses in the group, but is always looking for opportunities to grow and diversify his business. When he looked into the details of the new Metro Plumb franchise opportunity he saw how easily he could incorporate this new business into his existing infrastructure.
Spencer runs a successful drainage business with 12 drainage engineers supported by 7 admin staff. Initially, Spencer intends to utilise his engineers who are already qualified as plumbers to meet the initial work load. However, as the new business becomes established Spencer intends to recruit new, qualified plumbers to grow the business with only a limited number of staff covering both brands.
Spencer makes the point that: “Although I will utilise some of the same admin and support staff locally, these are two separate businesses and I want to make sure I make the most of the huge potential the plumbing franchise offers”.
The new Metro Plumb franchise will benefit from using the same call logging and work tracking systems already in place for Metro rod so there will be cost savings and a
Spencer continues, “We have always prided ourselves on the level of technical excellence we bring to our clients and I want our Metro Plumb service to maintain that.”
“This is a really positive move for the Metro Services Group business” concludes Spencer, “It represents a natural extension to the service are able to offer and will allow me to maximise the potential of my support team”.
Metro Rod drainage franchise owners are set to clean up as the Metro Plumb management franchise opportunity opens the sluice gates on the lucrative UK plumbing market.
Already running established Metro Rod franchise territories, Metro Rod franchisees were approached first when Metro Services Group decided to expand their service offering with a new plumbing franchise, Metro Plumb.
One successful franchise owner to take advantage of the new model is the award winning Peter Bedson, who is on his third renewable franchise agreement with Metro Rod and has been working the Warwickshire and Leicestershire territory for over 17 years.
With two support staff to help him manage a team of experienced drainage engineers, Peter won the ‘Best Customer Service’ award for Service Level Agreements at last year’s Metro Rod conference – and is aiming for more recognition and success in 2016.
Part of Peters planned growth involves his commitment to rolling out the new Metro Plumb model across his fleet of five vans, which have been fitted out for both plumbing and drainage work going forward.
With one qualified plumber already on staff for emergency contracts, Peters other 5 drainage engineers are undergoing their plumbing ‘conversion’ training so they can cover both roles as work demands.
“Our team have really enjoyed their training,” says Peter, “although they were capable of carrying out smaller plumbing tasks already, they’ve got a real boost from learning new skills and gaining extra knowledge. They’re now looking forward to the plumbing services adding even more variety to their daily work roles.”
Another bonus of adopting the new Metro Plumb franchise model is that franchise owners can use Metro Rod’s proprietary ‘Athena’ call logging and tracking system for both opportunities – saving admin and training time and enabling existing teams to hit the ground running.
“I certainly see the Metro Plumb business is a great opportunity for both new and experienced Metro Rod franchisees,” concludes Peter. “I’m looking forward to this new franchise model adding real value to my overall business in future.”
Peter Bedson – Coventry & Warwickshire
Description: Plumbing is a booming sector, a service that is required 365 days of the year. Start your business with a brand that has nationwide coverage and the associated contracts already in place ready to be delivered in your local area.
Business Type: Franchise Minimum Investment: £17,500