Drain Doctor flies the flag at Portugal trade fair


Mike Sampson, Jan Mitman and ‘friend’ at the International Algarve Fair, Lagos, Portugal.

Mike Sampson, Jan Mitman and ‘friend’ at the International Algarve Fair, Lagos, Portugal.

The Portugal franchise business of Drain Doctor Plumbing and Drainage

– the UK’s premier combined emergency plumbing and drain repair service – has been flying the flag at the International Algarve Fair in Lagos, Portugal held recently.

Drain Doctor franchise director Jan Mitman and expat Drain Doctor Portugal business manager Mike Sampson were on hand at the show to present Drain Doctor’s services to the thousands of visitors – both local and expatriate – who flocked to the show.

Now in its eighth year, the annual fair showcases the best companies serving the foreign community in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Jan Mitman said: “The fair is similar to our Ideal Home Exhibition. It attracts not only Portuguese people but also a lot of expats who have either a permanent residence or holiday villas and apartments in the Algarve.

Attending the fair has proved a great opportunity to promote Drain Doctor and to boost Mike’s plans to expand the business to help prove that the company’s success in the UK can be replicated in Portugal.”

In the UK, Drain Doctor is a franchisor with more than 100 owner-operated businesses covering the country.

In Portugal, the company-owned operation based in Praia da Luz is demonstrating the concept of Drain Doctor’s guaranteed 24 hours per day 365 days per year service with a fixed price ‘menu’ and no call-out or out-of-hours charges. It currently covers Loulé, Faro, Silves, Vilamoura, Portimão and Lagos in the Algarve region. Once the business is fully established, Drain Doctor will start franchising the system in the rest of Portugal.

Mike Sampson said: “There is tremendous potential for Drain Doctor in Portugal. We can really shake up the market with a guaranteed fast-response plumbing and drainage service.

“Fairs like this one help us to promote a highly successful business based on the model that has proved so successful in the UK.”

Jan Mitman added: “The newspapers are full of reports on the problems of the Portuguese economy but here, as elsewhere in the world, the Drain Doctor business can be virtually recession-proof if correctly promoted and delivered.

“People will always need emergency plumbing and drainage assistance and will turn to a company that can supply a professional service with guaranteed standards and fixed prices. What’s more, Drain Doctor is the only company in the Algarve currently carrying out no-dig drain relining and working with the insurance companies.”

•    Drain Doctor Plumbing – 00 351 800 208 761 or 00 351 282 768 127

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