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Metro Rod has a proud history spanning more than 30 years’ and during this time we have built an unrivalled reputation for excellence and innovation in the drainage industry.
The company was founded in 1983 in Macclesfield, Cheshire and originally was a sole trader operation named A1 Drains. In 1985 the name was changed to Metro Rod and registered as a Limited Company. The Company expanded rapidly by the creation of 50 regional franchised outlets.
Our regional service centres are owned and run individually, but operate under direction from Metro Rod Head Quarters in Macclesfield. The regional Service Centres are licensed operators for Metro Rod in their area.
A direct labour operation was opened in Acton, London in 1988 and additional offerings of Pest Control (Metro Kill) and electricity repairs (Metro Electrics) were established.
In 1990 the company was purchased by the Thames Water Group and continued to expand with the support of their Utilities Division.
The Freedom Group, under the direction of Simon Rigby, acquired the businesses from Thames Water in 2002. It was later purchased by The EnServe Group in 2013.
More recently in 2017 the business was acquired by Franchise Brands and continues to grow with the addition of new service offerings.
Metro Rod is a highly successful 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.
We have a commitment to health and safety and this is reflected in our accreditations. RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) also awarded us the Gold Medal for the 8th consecutive year in 2016.