The first choice for commercial clients

PlumbLocal is building an impressive corporate client base. This is good news for franchisees, as Local Services' Emma King reports

At last something we all thought was impossible: a reliable local plumber at a sensible price. The PlumbLocal brand, its franchisees, information and management systems have meant that the service is rapidly becoming the first choice for commercial clients. The service offered is unique and provides clients with peace of mind that their plumbing and drainage work will be carried out promptly and professionally.

PlumbLocal is building firm relations with a number of large blue chip companies which supply franchisees with lucrative plumbing and drainage work, normally at a pre-agreed fixed price throughout the UK.

Capita Insurance Services is among the key insurance clients. Capita has ranked number one in the insurance services market for the last three consecutive years and has over 41.2 per cent market share and an annual turnover in excess of £300 million.

PlumbLocal's service delivery and reputation has enabled it to build an excellent relationship within the insurance industry. These new initiatives will enable PlumbLocal to supply franchisees up to 90 per cent of their daily workload by the first quarter of 2007, enabling new franchisees to expand their businesses into multi-vehicle operations almost immediately.

Selection Procedures & Training
PlumbLocal's rigorous selection procedures, as well as full training and qualification, are highly prized by many commercial clients. The standard of training and professionalism of the company is well established in the industry. This has been recognised by CORGI which is working with PlumbLocal to develop a certification scheme for large businesses and attends all new franchisee inductions.

PlumbLocal is now in the process of enrolling all franchisees on the newly launched CORGI Competent Plumber scheme ensuring that PlumbLocal will be among the first in the industry to comply with the newly introduced Part G Regulations. The company is also the only plumbing franchise to ensure that its franchisees are qualified to C&G 6129*. BPEC water regulations is also achieved as well as virtually all the NVQ level 2 modules and elements from the NVQ level 3 syllabus. Obtaining water industry approval has been extremely important in securing recent lucrative contract work.

The Franchise Package
In addition to the intensive training package and national account work, PlumbLocal franchisees benefit from a strong and recognisable brand. A laptop computer and portable printer is also provided utilising the PlumbLocal operating system, an industry leading software package combining accounting, job scheduling and electronic diary to make light work of business administration. Also provided in the franchise package are: a fully sign written and substantially discounted vehicle with full racking and panelling, the right to use the free phone 0808 000 0000 telephone number, a specified territory with the opportunity to take on additional vans, a comprehensive operations manual, 24 hour customer call handling facilities, national and local marketing programmes, a business start up pack, structured launch programme, a comprehensive stock of professional tools and equipment as well as ongoing technical, PR and marketing support.

What do you want to be now...Plumber or Electrician?

We will give you the training, the qualifications, the system and the brand to start your own business.

The demand for good local electricians and plumbers has never been greater and is set to rise even higher! That's why PlumbLocal and ElecLocal are looking for highly motivated and organised individuals with good basic skills and self discipline to join the fastest growing franchise operation in the market - an ideal opportunity for those seeking a new start.

Perhaps you have reached a point where a career change is right for you. Or maybe you are being offered redundancy and are looking to secure your future. Whatever you decide, talk to us first. Your previous employment may have given you many of the attributes required for running a successful plumbing or electrical business already. Just leave the rest to us.

Starting with an intensive 11 week City & Guilds/NVQ training programme, we will give you all the skills and qualifications you need. Once completed you will have all the support necessary to build a successful business in your territory - and once established give you the opportunity to expand into a multi-van operation.

Your new business will be continually backed up by our ongoing technical support. Not only that, our extensive local marketing campaigns will ensure that a new customer is never too far away.

Initial investment is £27,500 for a one van operation up to a maximum of £32,000 for a multi-van territory. Up to 70% (including working capital) can normally be financed through Nat-West.

All this adds up to a successful, lucrative and secure career - so what are you waiting for!