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Drain Doctor

The UK's largest full service combined emergency commercial and domestic plumbing and drainage maintenance company
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Minimum Investment

£35,000

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Business Type

Plumbing

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Funding Support

Yes

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Total Investment

£85,000 +VAT

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Franchise Fees

Yes

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Expected Revenue After 2 Years

AOR

In Brief

Excellent reputation – trusted, nationally recognised brand offers unlimited opportunities – take on multiple territories to grow and expand your business. Reduce start-up costs with vehicle and equipment leasing and up to 70% bank funding. Generate work from day one – centralised lead generation and commercial accounts in your exclusive territory deliver immediate revenue.

About Drain Doctor

Drain Doctor is the UK’s largest drain clearance and emergency plumbing company, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Established in 1994, Drain Doctor has completed almost half-a-million jobs since then, providing an essential service to homes and businesses nationwide.

Drain Doctor is proud of its reputation for reliable, trustworthy technicians, delivering high-quality plumbing solutions at fair prices around the clock, all year round.

How does a Drain Doctor franchise work?

The Drain Doctor franchise model has been built to enable motivated individuals to lead and motivate their team of skilled plumbing and drainage technicians to succeed within their local area. You WON’T be conducting the technical work yourself, however, you will be responsible for making key business decisions with the support of the Drain Doctor head office team.

Each new franchise owner is enrolled onto a 12-week sure start programme which ensures step by step that your Drain Doctor business is ready for launch. This includes a five-day training course at the head office to bring you up to speed with the Drain Doctor sales processes, bespoke software and established business systems. 

Drain Doctor is committed to developing its franchise owners in the latest best practices, technologies and industry updates. It does this through regional meetings and an annual conference.

What does Drain Doctor look for in its franchisees?

As a Drain Doctor franchisee, you will be managing your business from the backend whilst your skilled technicians complete the plumbing and drainage work on the front line. Therefore, experience in managing a team is preferred and the confidence and motivation to look to win new work and build your business to great heights are essential.

Does a Drain Doctor franchise cover an exclusive territory?

Yes, a Drain Doctor franchise is divided up into territories based on a population of approximately 400,000 people rather than geographical size. Franchisees receive the exclusive rights to operate and advertise within that territory, and will also receive any centrally received enquiries from customers based in that area. More than one territory can be purchased by a single franchisee.

The territory system is an important part of the Drain Doctor franchise setup because it ensures that there is no competition or conflict of interest between franchisees.

Instead, franchise partners are encouraged to share successful ideas, best practice and strategies to improve and develop the operation of the franchise as a whole, meaning the business model is constantly evolving.

Do I need plumbing experience to become a Drain Doctor franchisee?

Not necessarily, Drain Doctor franchise owners come from a wide range of backgrounds, with many experienced in associated trades. Drain Doctor welcomes plumbers who are looking to transform their standalone businesses into part of a larger, national business to achieve greater growth, but training will be given to all suitable applicants.

What is essential to become a Drain Doctor franchise owner is drive, hard work, enthusiasm, and a commitment to customer service excellence.

Can I list my Drain Doctor franchise for sale?

Yes, and Drain Doctor may even be able to help you to find a buyer. Franchises that are part of a large national chain are often more highly-valued assets than individual companies, as purchasers are buying a known enterprise.

Drain Doctor has an interest in every franchise being a success, and while the brand has first refusal to buy a franchise and must agree to any transfer, by using its network of contacts and national resources, a Drain Doctor franchise resale is often a faster and easier process, too.

Will I meet other Drain Doctor franchise partners?

Drain Doctor has a strong franchisee network, and franchise owners are actively encouraged to get together to provide mutual support and share ideas through national and regional training, meetings and information exchanges.

An annual three-day convention brings all Drain Doctor franchise owners together to learn from each other’s experiences and find out about updates to the business format. As franchisees achieve success through new marketing or operational processes, all franchise owners are informed through regular news bulletins, enabling them to apply the new processes to improve their own business performance.

Why choose a Drain Doctor franchise over other plumbing firms?

In an industry that has had problems with rogue traders, the reputation of emergency plumbers has sometimes suffered. As a response to this, householders looking for a good, trustworthy service at a fair price can often feel more comfortable using a national or big-name expert brand than an independent, standalone plumbing business. Drain Doctor franchises’ policy of no hidden call-out fees and following a national pricing structure has also contributed to its reputation as a ‘safe choice’ in an emergency, leading to increased demand.

As well as supporting each franchise in local marketing activities, Drain Doctor also undertakes national advertising and has a number of national commercial accounts. As a Drain Doctor franchise owner, any service requests that occur in your territory are directed to your business.

What marketing and lead generation support does Drain Doctor provide its franchisees?

Drain Doctor takes lead generation very seriously.

Its dedicated marketing team is on hand to support you and save time and effort associated with generating new enquiries. Drain Doctor’s local marketing strategies have been developed to help you gain maximum exposure within your territory, utilising the expertise of its team in digital marketing, graphic design, and PR.

Your efforts within your area are then complemented by national initiatives created and delivered by Drain Doctor’s marketing team. Once more, you’re backed by a brand that has over 25 years of exposure and gives you a reputation for excellent customer service from day one!

Being an established national brand, Drain Doctor holds a number of major corporate accounts, companies who request work to be done by Drain Doctor’s franchisees through its in-house national accounts team. These relationships are fully managed by the head office team from start to finish ensuring a uniform, reliable service that aids the longevity and growth of its corporate partnerships.

Join Drain Doctor in serving some of the UK’s most recognised brands including, Nandos, David Lloyds, DHL, Decathlon and more!

How much does a Drain Doctor franchise cost?

The Drain Doctor franchise fee is £35,000-plus VAT. As a new franchise owner starting from scratch, your total investment, including working capital, will be c.£85,000-plus VAT.

Drain Doctor has a strong working relationship with its finance partners, NatWest bank, who have reviewed its business model and awarded Drain Doctor the highest level of finance available to new franchise owners. This means that you could secure bank funding for up to 70 per cent of your investment.

Drain Doctor franchise resale opportunities are also available – prices of established franchises vary depending on size and previous performance.

How do I find out more about Drain Doctor franchise opportunities?

A number of new territories are currently available nationwide, along with Drain Doctor franchise resale opportunities. In order to find out more, first, register your details to arrange a phone call. Several phone conversations will usually take place over a couple of weeks, after which a face-to-face meeting will be arranged to discuss suitability. Following that meeting, a successful candidate will be invited to attend a training course before launching their franchise. 

To begin the application process, click the enquiry button found on this page.

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