Metro Rod

Contact details

Member - Full
Building Maintenance
Kathryn Painter
Metro Rod  
0800 009 3198
Ashwood Court, Tytherington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2XF, England

About Metro Rod

Metro Rod

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 over 40 franchises and 30 years’ experience, our fully trained and qualified personnel can deal with all our customers’ drainage problems. A national brand with a local service. 

Our Services:

- Clearing Blocked Drains (High Pressure Water Jetting and Electro-Mechanical Cleaning)
- Drain Repair (Pipe Lining, Patch Repair and Excavation)
- Emergency 24 Hour Call Outs
- Pre-Planned Maintenance
- Tanker Services
- Gutter Cleaning

Franchise Overview

Part of Franchise Brands plc, Metro Rod is 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.

Metro Rod

Key Information

  • Network Size: 26-50 units
  • Franchise Type: Management
  • Typical Start-up Cost: Territory: £50,000; equipment: £25,000
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £40,000
  • Franchise Location: Office-based
  • Market: B2B and B2C

To understand exactly what is, and what is not, included in this financial information, click here (opens in a new window).


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.

Metro Rod

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.

Metro Rod Case studies

  • Linda and David Oakes

    Metro Rod: Linda and David Oakes

    They were very aware of the national presence and huge success of Metro Rod, with over 50 franchises throughout the UK. Linda and David had even been sub-contracted by Metro Rod on several occasions in the 18 months before taking on the franchise.

  • Maureen and Clive Newport

    Metro Rod: Maureen and Clive Newport

    Maureen and Clive Newport had decided to join up with Metro Rod in 2001. They were approaching their 50th birthdays, and felt that the time was ripe for a change in their working lifestyles.

  • Clive & Nathalie Hawkesley
    Aspray Ltd - Franchisee case study

    Bad weather helped Clive and Nathalie achieve their first year projections in just two months! Careful planning and strategies have been key in achieving such a flying start.

    Read the full case study
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