The European Franchising:

Despite challenging trading conditions, Drain Doctor Portugal has increased its business by 54 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

The franchise, which provides a 24-hour a day emergency drainage service, is part of the UK-based Drain Doctor Plumbing network. Although the Portugal economy is currently facing low growth and high unemployment, Drain Doctor Portugal has continued to increase sales.

According to the company in the first three months of 2010 Drain Doctor Portugal sales were up by 178 per cent on the same period in 2009 and sales have increased by a further 54 per cent in the first quarter of 2011.

Drain Doctor Portugal credits the increase in sales to its Operations Director, Paulo Martins, and his team. Martins, who took over the Drain Doctor’s Portugal business in early 2010, has secured new business to drive the company’s growth in the region.