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Franchise Brands PLC (FRAN)


Tuesday 25 May, 2021

Franchise Brands PLC

Lockdown easing leads to record job numbers

RNS Number : 6537Z
Franchise Brands PLC
25 May 2021

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25 May 2021


("Franchise Brands", the "Company" or the "Group")


Lockdown easing leads to record job numbers at Metro Rod and Metro Plumb



Franchise Brands plc (AIM: FRAN), a multi-brand franchise business, is pleased to share details of 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 4%. 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 & Metro Plumb, commented:


"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."






Franchise Brands plc

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Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman

Chris Dent, Chief Financial Officer

Julia Choudhury, Corporate Development Director

Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

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Jeremy Porter / Liz Kirchner (Corporate Finance)

Amrit Nahal (Sales and Corporate Broking)

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MHP Communications (Financial PR)

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About Franchise Brands plc


Franchise Brands is focused on building market-leading businesses in selected customer segments, primarily via a franchise model. The Group currently has a combined network of over 425 franchisees across five principal franchise brands. Our focus is on established brands which can benefit from our 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. This divisional organisation is designed to provide a greater focus and structure to support the strategic development of our B2B and B2C brands.   Each of our brands are leaders in their 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.


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