Peterborough Drain Doctor Director To Chair British Franchise Association Forum

The first 2013 meeting of the British Franchise Association (bfa) Midlands Forum, taking place on Tuesday January 29, will be chaired by newly elected Chairman Jan Mitman, Franchise Sales Director of Peterborough-based Drain Doctor Plumbing Ltd, the UK’s largest emergency plumbing and drainage business.

Mitman, who helped establish the Drain Doctor business in the UK with her husband Freddie in 1993, is probably the most influential woman in the UK plumbing and drainage industry. Drain Doctor has been involved in franchising for almost 20 years and is a full member of the bfa.

Commenting on her chairmanship Mitman said: “Understanding the franchise business from the viewpoint of both franchisees and franchisors, I feel that I will be well able to chair regional meetings aimed at helping franchise companies to grow their brands.

“I would like to help promote teamwork between the bfa, experienced franchisors, new franchisors and affiliates, all of whom need each other. The synergy that can be created at such meetings gives the individuals attending greater strength to see, and achieve, their goals.”

bfa spokesman Paul Stafford said: ““We are looking forward to working with Jan over the coming year in her role as chair of the Midlands Forum.”

The British Franchise Association is the trade association for individuals and businesses that consider franchising. Its role is to ensure ethical franchising and retain a commitment to best practice and robustness.

As well as providing information and advice to businesses wanting to franchise or people considering joining a franchise, the bfa also works closely with its members to help advance their expertise in the industry and speaks on their behalf to the media and government.

The forum meeting will take place at the Moor Hall Hotel, Birmingham on Tuesday January 29, starting at 10:30am. Coffee will be available from 10:00am and the meeting will finish with a buffet lunch at 1:30pm. bfa members wishing to attend can register with the bfa.

The forum meets three times a year and offers bfa members the opportunity to network, discuss general industry issues, franchise business issues and anything related to the bfa and how it affects their businesses.

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.