2014-02-17 11:02:53 - High-quality renovation builder John Jenkins and wife Ashleigh are taking on the Tunbridge Wells franchise of Drain Doctor Plumbing Ltd (www.draindoctor.co.uk), the UK’s largest combined plumbing and drainage business. The franchise area covers Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Hastings, Rye and Bexhill.
Master builder John has worked in the construction industry running his own company. Until recently he has been concentrating on high-quality renovations including an exclusive holiday home in St. Ives, Cornwall. John created the spacious home from an art gallery that had formerly been a sail loft close to the harbour. He and partner Ashleigh have decided now that the time is right to concentrate on their own business in plumbing and drainage.
Ashleigh said: “John and I have been considering franchising for some time, particularly in the sector in which we have most experience, construction. John has been asked a lot recently about drain clearance.
“While I was researching online for courses in drainage I came across a number of
franchise businesses for sale – but they were reluctant to provide us with detailed information. I didn’t know how to go about financing such a business and none of them seemed to want to tell me, they just wanted our money.
“We continued to look around and settled on Drain Doctor because we like the way it does business and franchise director Jan Mitman answered all our questions and really sells the business.”
John added: “Drain Doctor has a proven system that offers a largely recession-proof opportunity where we can still be independent operators running our own business but with all the back-up that comes with being part of a large national organisation.
“We looked at other plumbing/drainage franchise opportunities but you just don’t get the same support that you do with a Drain Doctor franchise.
“Ashleigh and I did all the due diligence, talking to other franchisees and found that with some other franchises you are left on your own. Drain Doctor offers great contracts through its national account network that will help us to develop and grow the business.”
John will start undertaking plumbing work himself while Ashleigh will run the administration and marketing side of the business.
John and Ashleigh plan to start with one fully equipped van, marketing the business from day one, and then to expand the business in a sustainable way, with more vans and technicians within six months.
John continued: “We intend to expand the business significantly and make the franchise as big as possible for the area. We will have a staff of qualified plumbers and drainage technicians on call in vans fully equipped to deal with most plumbing and drainage problems.”
They hope the business will help with their work/life balance. When he is not working John spends his time supporting his sons in their sporting activities, including football and swimming.
Ashleigh said: “We aim to give businesses and householders across our franchise area the same ‘dazzling’ level of service which Drain Doctor provides across the rest of the country.
“Our customers get fixed-price, no obligation quotes, a complete guarantee on all our work, and a full 24 hour, seven days per week service with no call out charges – so people pay the same price for work at any time of day or night. What’s more, we turn up at the agreed time!”
Launched in the UK in 1993, Drain Doctor Plumbing quickly grew to become the country's largest combined emergency plumbing and drain repair service. It now provides a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year service across the country with each franchise run as an independent business.