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Metro Rod Double Victory at BFA Awards

10th January 2017

Metro Rod Double Victory at BFA Awards

British Franchise Association Awards

Two franchisees from the Metro Rod network have proven they are simply the best. As a result of winning their categories in the British Franchise Awards, therefore beating competitor brands. Moreover, competitor brands ranged from the most celebrated and successful franchise businesses in the country.

The franchising business contributes more than £15 billion to the UK economy each year. Consequently, there are countless examples of highly successful franchising businesses.

As a result, we were thrilled when two of our Metro Rod franchisees were named as winners. Firstly, our winner was Ben Witcomb, of Newport, Hereford, and Gloucester Franchise. In addition to Tricia Craig from the North East branch. Both winners attended the 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 franchises at the different aspects of the business, for instance:

  • Growth
  • Development
  • Service excellence
  • Ethical franchising practice

Some of the best franchise businesses across the UK were showcased at the awards. Above all, the Awards celebrate the best of the best. Therefore we were thrilled to be announced as winners in two categories.

News Metro Rod Double Victory At Bfa Awards Stage

'Young Franchisee of the Year'

Ben Witcomb of Metro Rod Newport, Hereford and Gloucester won the category of ‘Young Franchisee of the Year’.

26-year-old Ben took over the reins of his family business in 2012 after his father decided to take a backseat in the business. 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. Most importantly, the team has a real ‘can do’ mind-set.

When asked what the award meant to Ben, he 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.”

News Bfa Awards Ben Witcomb

'Female Franchisee of the Year'

Our second winner is Tricia Craig, from Metro Rod North East, 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. Subsequently, Tricia also drove through the aftermath of lean years, with no loss of business or staff.

In 2015 the company’s turnover topped the million-pound mark, consequently, showing an impressive 13% increase in net profit and a 30% increase in turnover.

When asked about the award, Tricia gushed-

“It is absolutely thrilling 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.”


News Bfa Awards Tricia Craig

In conclusion, all of the Metro Rod networks are incredibly proud of Ben and Tricia’s success.

The managing director of Metro Rod, 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. Therefore, this is a testament to how they have developed strong positive relationships to drive the businesses forward. In short, there are 45,000 franchisees in the UK and I am proud that Tricia and Ben are the Best of the Best.”

News Metro Rod Double Victory At Bfa Awards

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