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New boss for Drain Doctor in Portugal aims to build business

Mike Sampson has been appointed manager of Drain Doctor in Portugal

Mike Sampson has been appointed the new manager to take charge of Drain Doctor’s operation in the Algarve,Portugal.

Mike  is an expatriate Briton who has been living and working in Portugal for four years. He originally emigrated to the country to take up a job building TV and film sets – having built a successful business in  the UK doing similar work – but the contract he had been offered  in Portugal fell through. Since then he has been undertaking a variety of short-term projects.

In his new post with Drain Doctor he plans to expand the business to help prove that the company’s success in the UK can be replicated inPortugal.

The company-owned operation based in Alvor 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 inPortugal. We can really shake up the market with a guaranteed fast-response plumbing and drainage service.

“I am really looking forward to building a highly successful business based on the model that has proved so successful in the UK.”

Launched in January 2009 with an official opening attended by local and international VIPs, company directors and staff, the Drain Doctor operation in the Algarve has already created a great deal of interest.

Drain Doctor director Jan Mitman said: “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 relining solutions and working with the insurance companies.”

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Drain Doctor dazzles again in Portugal

Drain Doctor Portugal technician Marcio Costa clears palm roots from a drain.

Sales by Drain Doctor Portugal (www.draindoctor.pt)  have increased by 54 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 despite challenging trading conditions.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Lisbon recently to support British trade and investment opportunities and highlight the work of the substantial resident British community in the country. Despite the economic difficulties facing the country we have been able to buck the trend and provide the royal visitors with an example of British overseas trade at its best. 

Portugal has requested financial assistance from the European Union to help bail out its ailing economy. However, Drain Doctor Portugal continues to go from strength to strength. Against a national background of low economic growth and high unemployment we have continued to increase our sales. 

In the first three months of 2010 our sales were up 178 per cent on the same period in 2009. Sales have increased by a further 54 percent in Q1 of 2011, demonstrating that Drain Doctor can be a virtually recession-proof business. 

We have successfully promoted Drain Doctor as the only emergency drain repair company in Portugal that provides in-situ re-lining no-dig drain repairs. This is significant in the many areas that are paved in traditional intricately patterned cobblestone called calçada, which requires a lot of time and skill to replace once dug up. 

Damage to drains by palm tree roots is very common on both domestic and commercial properties in the Algarve. Less abundant materials and dwindling numbers of craftsmen make digging up and replacing calçada expensive. That’s where Drain Doctor’s no-dig repair comes into its own. 

We saw an opportunity for business growth in this area. To increase business we have ensured that Drain Doctor carefully promoted its unique position as the only emergency drain repair company inPortugal that uses up to date no-dig repair technology. 

Drain Doctor in the Algarve region covers Loulé, Faro, Silves, Vilamoura, Portimão and Lagos. It 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.

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