DRAIN DOCTOR OFFERS NEW IRISH FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES
Emergency plumbing and drainage company Drain Doctor Plumbing is offering new franchise opportunities in the Republic of Ireland following the appointment of new Master Licensees.
After 11 years running a successful Drain Doctor franchise in Dublin, Paul Griffin, John Dempsey and Mark Griffin have taken on the Master Licence for the republic.
Paul Griffin said: “With a business already turning over €2 million plus, we want to bring Drain Doctor’s dazzling service to the entire population of Ireland. We already have a number of national accounts including blue chip retail outlets, insurance companies and a chain of coffee shops, so new franchisees will hit the ground running.”
The Drain Doctor system is well established in the UK where over the past 20 years the company has developed a highly successful network of franchisees. Drain Doctor is a full member of the British, Irish and International Franchise Associations.
Mark Griffin said: “Drain Doctor franchise support encompasses all aspects of running a successful business, from initial training through to CRM system use and ongoing marketing help. We intend to give Irish franchisees the same platform to build on as in the UK.”
The three partners will continue to run the Dublin franchise and support existing franchisees in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Franchise areas in locations such as Donegal, Sligo, Longford, Monaghan and Laois will be offered to new franchisees.
Freddie Mitman, Drain Doctor’s chairman, is excited by this new opportunity. He said: “Given the enthusiasm of Paul, John and Mark we look forward to rapid and sustained growth in Ireland.”
For a list of franchise opportunities with Drain Doctor in the UK and Ireland visit www.draindoctor.co.uk.
LANDSCAPED LAYOUT OF THE CROFT ATTRACTS AUSTRALIAN COUPLE TO SET UP HOME
A couple from Australia have made The Croft (www.thecroftbourne.co.uk) – a lifestyle living development for the over 55s in Bourne, Lincolnshire – their new home after falling for its attractive layout and design.
Mr Taylor and Mrs Wise lived in Australia for 28 years, before moving to a retirement community in Brigg, Lincolnshire.
Compared to their home in Australia, the Brigg retirement community simply was not their idea of ‘home’ and, after visiting family living near Bourne, the couple stumbled across The Croft located on North Road in the town.
Mrs Wise said: “The layout of The Croft is very similar to where we were living in Australia. The landscaped gardens and open spaces with footpaths running through the development really create a sense of space, whilst still maintaining a strong feeling of security.
“The Croft suited our lifestyle much more than the development in Brigg and we really like the community feel of the place. We both enjoy meeting new people, which is something that The Croft fosters well, and the layout and finish of the properties suited our active lifestyles.”
The couple purchased a Harrington three-bedroom chalet bungalow at The Croft which comprises an open plan kitchen diner, large living room, downstairs WC and a downstairs study or double bedroom. Upstairs, the property offers two further double bedrooms, an en suite and family bathroom.
The Croft consists of 75 one, two and three-bedroom homes set around attractively landscaped gardens which are a key feature of the development. It is a joint venture between Bourne-based housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) and Keystone Developments (www.keystonedevelopments.co.uk), part of the Longhurst Group.
Karl Hick, CEO of Larkfleet, commented: “We are very proud of the landscaped areas at The Croft. The attractive communal gardens work very well within the layout of the whole development.
“As residents at The Croft do not have to worry about external maintenance of their properties, they can reap the rewards of well-kept gardens without having to find the time to do the work themselves.”
A communal Manor House sits at the centre of the development. The building and its surrounding garden and patio area now form a communal hub which regularly hosts events for residents and the wider community.
Mrs Wise added: “I have attended several coffee mornings and brunches in the Manor House and have also been involved in the choral evenings. I also recently exhibited some of my artwork at an art and craft exhibition on site.”
The Croft provides a range of benefits including easy access and adaptable properties, minimal maintenance, communal facilities and an estate manager on site, while still encouraging residents to live completely independent and active lives.
Mr Taylor commented: “We found the moving process incredibly easy and sales staff at The Croft were very helpful.”
The Croft offers a number of purchase options including part exchange packages, as well as an ‘assisted move’ option where The Croft can help homebuyers sell their existing homes.
In addition, The Croft offers potential homebuyers its ‘secure home purchase’ scheme and shared equity deals on selected plots.
For more information on The Croft call the sales team on 01778 426995.
LITRE METER SHIPS FIRST MAJOR CHEMICAL INJECTION ORDER TO CHINA
UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter (www.litremeter.com) has shipped six LF05 VFF positive displacement flowmeters to China via a distributor for use in chemical injection applications on an offshore platform.
The Atex-certified rotary piston flow meters are used to measure the flow of a number of chemicals including corrosion inhibitor, demulsifier and scale inhibitor. One meter was calibrated for very low flow at 0.00001-0.00015 cubic meters/hour for fluids with a viscosity of 40 centipoise.
The VFF meters are fitted to skids on platforms in the Qinhuangdao oilfield located in Bohai Bay 130 km from the Chinese city of Tianjin.
The chemicals are injected at high pressure into pipelines via the skid installed on the well head platform. The chemicals are delivered to the skid through umbilicals from a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel located in the field.
Measurement of the chemical injection rate is critical because blockages caused by a build up of scale or emulsified sludge can result in a shutdown and the risk of explosion or unintended release of hydrocarbons into the environment.
Blocked pipes may have to be uplifted to remove the blockage, causing costly loss of production. Litre Meter meters assist in maintaining flow assurance and reducing production costs by measuring the flow of chemicals needed to prevent hydrate and sludge formation. Chemicals are expensive which means that their use needs to be carefully monitored.
Accurate chemical injection monitoring is provided by the LF05 Litre Meter flow meters both locally and remotely back to the FPSO control room.
The VFF LF05 flowmeter is suitable for measuring liquids at pressure ratings up to 1,035 bar (15,000 psi) and higher and flow rates from 0-30 l/hr. It covers a viscosity range from under 0.8 to above 2,000 centipoise (cP).
Constructed in 316 stainless steel with a PVD coated titanium rotor, the meter is of intrinsically safe design and manufactured to operate reliably at temperatures ranging from -40 to 150°C.
Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “This was an important order for us in terms of entering the China market. The feedback from the customer was very positive.
“Litre Meter’s VFF flowmeter is ideally suited for use in the oil and gas industry and in particular for low flow / high pressure applications.
“Years of experience in chemical injection applications onshore and offshore have confirmed the instrument’s capability to reliably measure fluids under extreme conditions of both temperature and pressure.”