Lockdown easing leads to record job numbers says Kidderminster’s Franchise Brands

Franchise Brands Barking Mad

Franchise Brands plc, The Kidderminster-based listed multi-brand franchise business, has reported a new record at its B2B division, where in the past two weeks and with the easing of lockdown restrictions, lead intake at Metro Rod and Metro Plumb surged to 9,300 jobs, surpassing the previous record reached during the seasonal 2019 pre-Christmas rush by four per cent. In the financial year to 31 December 2019 (prior to Covid-19 impact), Metro Rod and Metro Plumb completed 187,000 jobs.

Peter Molloy, Managing Director Metro Rod and Metro Plumb, said: “I am delighted that our Metro Rod and Metro Plumb engineers are once again able to welcome back and support our many customers in the service and hospitality sectors as they reopen their doors following the further easing of the lockdown last Monday.”

The company has made a strong start to the year as underlying earnings (EBITDA) increased 24 per cent to £2 million in the first three months of 2021.

Franchise Brands builds market-leading businesses in selected customer segments, primarily via a franchise model. The Group currently has a combined network of more than 425 franchisees across five principal franchise brands. Its focus is on established brands which can benefit from  shared support services, specialist sector expertise, management experience and group resources.

The Group is organised into a B2B division comprised of Metro Rod, Metro Plumb and Willow Pumps, and a B2C division that incorporates ChipsAway, Ovenclean and Barking Mad. Each brands is a leader in its respective markets and each brand has a long trading history. The combined trading history of all the Group’s brands is over 135 years.

Franchise Brands plc employs 265 people across three principal locations in Macclesfield, Kidderminster and Aylesford.