Let us introduce ourselves…

We are proud to be the expert in commercial drainage solutions, providing customers with a safe, honest, reliable and professional service, day and night. Our specialist drain clearance and maintenance services include high pressure water jetting, CCTV surveys, drain or sewer lining, excavation, electro mechanical cleaning and fat and grease management, while our tanker fleet offers flood relief support, sewage jetting and de-silting.

Founded in 1983, Metro Rod was acquired by the Franchise Brands plc Group in 2017, joining a portfolio which also includes ChipsAway, Ovenclean and Barking Mad. We operate nationwide via a network of 40+ franchises and are looking for others to join us. Franchisees manage a team of highly skilled engineers who are trained to provide a range of high quality services. The focus is on building customer relationships, managing people and providing the very best in customer service.

Investing in a Metro Rod franchise to transform your future

We provide all the tools to enable you to thrive, just like buying a business in kit form:

  • Exclusive local area
  • Unlimited earnings potential with 35% of franchisees achieving sales over £1m*
  • Nationally negotiated contracts with leading UK businesses, councils, schools and housing authorities
  • Unrivalled vision and investment into IT systems and processes
  • Robust, recession-proof business with high growth and profit potential
  • The use of a tried-and-tested business model
  • Nationally recognised brand name with a 35 year heritage
  • 24/7 call centre and a team of unique, support centre experts to rely upon
  • Supportive network of 40+ inspired and motivated franchisees
  • Full training in technical, health and safety, sales and marketing, finance and IT
  • We work with leading, global media and PR agencies to ensure success
  • Security and expertise of belonging to the larger Franchise Brands plc Group
  • Franchises can be built into attractive re-saleable assets, protecting investment

Interested in owning a franchise? Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.

We are increasing market share, with more engineers than ever before and new franchisees regularly coming on board – would you like to join us?

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Franchisee FAQs

Who are we looking to work with?

The Metro Rod success story is all about real people achieving real results. From Franchise owner Nick in Aberdeen, through to Dave in West Yorkshire and not forgetting Shaun and Jean in Norwich – our 40+ Metro Rod professional family members are all driven individuals or partnerships, with a passion for providing a first-class service.

If you have strong business acumen, good people skills, initial investment funds* and the ambition to own a highly successful, local franchise business, we think you’ll fit in perfectly! Previous careers involving leadership, business development, project management, commercial selling or civil engineering all have very relevant transferable skills but we can provide industry-leading training in all aspects of running a commercial drainage company.

How much does it cost?

Due to our success, we currently only have a strictly limited number of new Metro Rod territories available, with a minimum investment of £125,000 necessary. However, we also have established franchise resales available, which are priced individually.

Our Metro Plumb franchises require a lower minimum investment, starting from £25,000 and require the applicant to possess an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing, or practical experience that we can evaluate with our training team, along with the drive and enthusiasm to grow a local business. Capitalising on a massive gap in the market, which became apparent through our work with national clients, we are experiencing huge demand for our additional plumbing service.

What drainage franchises are available?

We currently have drainage franchises available in:

  • Cambridge
  • London South East

Even if the locale you’re looking for isn’t listed, get in touch so we can understand your exact requirements and contact you if a more relevant area becomes available.

Do I need to know about the drainage industry?

No, we have a complete training program that can support you in learning every aspect of the business. As most of our businesses are re-sales, they come with a complete team of staff managing the day to day.


As a management franchise, many of your skills and experiences will be transferrable. All we ask is you have the ambition and drive to grow the business, and we will support you with the rest.

What is the average gross profit for a Metro Rod business?

Approx. 30%* this is an average across all our UK businesses. Differences can occur, but this is a general guide to what can be expected.

*This is not guaranteed

How long do franchisees stay with Metro Rod?

We are proud to say we have some franchisees that have been with us for more than 20 years. The current average is 13 years.

Who are Metro Rod’s customers?

Primarily commercial clients require our services. However, there is an element of domestic work, and we welcome efforts to grow this market.

National Account work is generated by Metro Rod’s Support Centre; these are large, sometimes nationwide contracts. Local commercial customers would be found and managed by the local franchisee.

Can I get help with finance to buy a business?

We have a great relationship with HSBC and can introduce you to a franchise funding specialist who knows our business. On average, they support you with 70% LTV funding.

How do Metro Rod receive their remuneration?

Royalties known as MSF are deducted from the sales. We have several relief schemes that provide kickbacks to support franchisee growth. The better you do, the better we do a true win-win partnership.


What is the average job value?

£240 is the average job value. However, work can vary from a simple call out and first-time fix to requiring further recommendation work for complete repairs. No two jobs are ever the same; it keeps things exciting and provides no limits on what you can earn.

How many engineers do I need?

Metro Rod is a 24/7 business, so the minimum requirement is 2 engineers and 2 vans. As a rule of thumb, you require another engineer for every £100k of turnover.

How do I source Vans and Equipment?

Many of the businesses come with existing vans and equipment; however, we have several suppliers we work closely with if you need to replace or add additional equipment. Our technical team is on hand if you need them to ensure you get the best value for money.

Our connections can help secure discounts and before market offers.

Is Metro Rod a BFA member?

Yes, Metro Rod are proud long-term members of the BFA.

How long is Metro Rod’s Franchise Agreement?

5 years with an option to renew for a further 5 years. The process is easy. We require your latest business plan for the next term.


Average sales of a Metro Rod franchisee

£900,000 with 35% of franchisees now achieving sales of over £1m, and several achieving sales of over £1.5m.

Why buy a Metro Rod franchise?

With nearly 40 years of experience, we have a well-run business model that we know works and can make you a very healthy living. In addition, the business can be sold in the future, netting you a sum to reinvest in your next venture or for a comfortable retirement.

Our service will not go out of fashion, nor is it affected by the latest trend. It’s a business that has stood the test of time and continues to do so, with a service every building in the country needs.

How does the process work?

Get in touch via our web form, email, or telephone. Our Franchise Recruitment Manager will provide more information and when you are ready to organise a call to chat through your plans. You will have a single dedicated contact throughout the whole process, on hand to answer as many questions for as long as it takes. We can look at the individual accounts for the business you are buying, so you are confident of exactly how it’s performing. We can support you with finance and business planning, arrange your training and support you through the takeover process.

Can I talk to other franchisees?

Yes, you are very welcome to do this. In fact, we encourage it; it’s a great way to get reassurance and ask questions of the people that were once in the same position as you.

How long is the training?

We provide a tailored course that combines some external courses time spent with the support centre team, and we will even send you out into the field. Coupled with visits to other depos, we try to provide you with a well-rounded experience that gives you the confidence to step into your new role.

Designed to suit you, whether you’re keen to complete it as quickly as possible or spread it over several weeks, we can work around you.

What support does the franchisor give?

We are here for you, each department, whether it’s the call handler in the 24/7 call centre. The marketing team is developing the next online campaign, IT creating reports to give you a better insight into your business, or our sales team winning the next contract. You have a large team of dedicated individuals all busy behind the scenes supporting you.

Is it only drainage work?

We have a wide range of services, follow this link to read about them and a brief description of what they include.


Are you part of Metro Plumb?

Metro Plumb is part of our group providing a complete plumbing service to customers. You are invited to explore both brands, as they offer different opportunities. Please visit the website for more information.


We are proud to be members of the British Franchise Association and are fully committed to their code of ethical franchising.