Chimney Sweep Franchise UK
WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP, established 1895, is a business with a long history. Based on a proven, recession proof model, we are offering a full marketing package, all equipment, comprehensive practical and business training and continued support.
A Growing Market For Our Work
Increasing numbers of households are turning to their open fires to supplement their heating options and reduce their utility bills – not to mention enjoy the relaxing effects of a real fire. There is an upturn in the installation of woodburning stoves that need sweeping.
Insurance companies insist that properties are properly maintained and this includes an annual chimney sweep (sometimes more frequently in some circumstances).
We offer three main services:
We typically work indoors sweeping and removing nests. The cages, caps and cowls are fitted directly to the chimney pots – if ladder work doesn’t appeal, there is an alternative solution.
Our services can be delivered 7 days per week but our model is based on 5 days – this may include Saturdays if you choose. Of course, there is a peak demand in the winter because people think about lighting their fires when it gets cold, but we work all year round to a proven system for regular customers.
WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP was established in 1895 as a family run business. We have been going from strength to strength ever since, with the launch of the franchise in 2010. Following a well established process to find and maintain customers, and a structured process to deliver the service, the chimney sweeping business is a fun and, with a very high level of repeat business, a profitable one.
Franchisees will need to be:
Our typical customer is a residential home owner, although increasingly hotels and businesses are turning to real fires as an added attraction for their guests and visitors.
Because we work in peoples homes, all our sweeps are police checked to protect our customers.
Is WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP right for you?
We can train people to deliver the service…but you need to have the right skills and aptitude to run your own business and be successful.
There is a comprehensive initial training programme including:
This programme is just to get things started. Ongoing support and training is offered as necessary.
Support for Franchisees
We know how important it is to receive support – and everyone will have different needs and concerns, so the support offered covers all areas. Our goal is to keep all aspects of the business system very simple, but support is always available.
You’ll be your own boss, with support when required.
We fully expect franchise owners to recover their set up costs in the first year - on target net profit is approximately £35,000.
Within three years, franchise owners can expect to be earning around £60,000 net profit and can anticipate rewards of around £99,000 after 5 years of trading.
You will offer an important community facility that has a crucial safety aspect for your customers. We also think that you will have a great quality of life – you meet some fabulous people, young and old, wealthy and not-so wealthy, introvert, extrovert and all things in between, and most people realise that your service is invaluable.
Read recent testimonials from Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited Franchisees
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Wilkins Chimney Sweep Look North with latest franchisee
Whitley Bay man Richard Bryan, who spent nearly 30 years working in the local public sector, has become the latest franchisee to join award-winning franchise Wilkins Chimney Sweep.Richard, 48, who has lived in Whitley Bay all his adult life, is married to Michelle and has two children. A degree in Housing Studies led Richard to a career working in ...Read more...
Nick Menage Case Study
Nick Ménage (52) is married to Gillian, lives in Bloxham and has two children, Jessica and Georgina. After 27 years of running a Gym in Banbury he bought his Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise. What made you buy a franchise business?I wanted to start a new business without the stress of starting from scratch. I know wha...Read more...
Successful Franchises Chris Wright Wilkins Chimney Sweep Newark
Christopher Wright (36) is married to Amanda and lives in Newark, Nottinghamshire. After 20 years in the financial services industry he bought a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise. What made you buy a franchise business?I’d always wanted to run my own business; a franchise offered me an element of support, guidance and expertise that I wou...Read more...
Wilkins Chimney Sweep North Hants Franchisee wanted to hit the ground running
Adrian Steel (30), has recently launched Wilkins Chimney Sweep (North Hants). He is married to Hayley and lives in Basingstoke, HampshireWhat made you buy a franchise business?If I was going to start my own business I wanted to hit the ground running and the business model that Wilkins Chimney Sweep offered has allowed me to do just that. If I&rsqu...Read more...
Trading up the ladder to Franchise Success UK Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Trading up the ladder to Franchise SuccessJohn Parker, 47, purchased his Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise in September 2011. He had previously spent 10 years working as a Police Officer before emigrating to Australia where he did a variety of manual labouring jobs. On his return to UK he worked for 16 years as an Enforcement Officer with the T...Read more...
Successful Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee Dave Connolly
Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee: Dave ConnollyTrading Area: Black CountryWhat made you buy a franchise business?I’d been reading about the success of some much larger franchise companies in the UK so thought I’d look into it. At my age, 50 when I took it on, I didn’t want to be starting from scratch again and I liked the fact tha...Read more...
A clean sweep for Cambridge Franchise couple
Steven (46) and Anne (44) Gallacher decided to purchase a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise after meeting owners Peter and Louise Harris at a franchise exhibition held at ExCel in London in February 2011. Steven had recently taken voluntary redundancy from his job as a senior manager in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice; Deputy head teacher Ann...Read more...
Recent Franchise News Articles from Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited
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Chimney Sweep franchise finalist in Best Franchise Awards
19-Nov-2013 - Chimney Sweep franchise finalist in Best Franchise Awards!Louise and Peter Harris. Wilkins Chimney Sweep - April 2013Franchise operation Wilkins Chimney Sweep has been announced as a finalist in the ‘Best Growing Franchise’ category at The 2013 Best Franchise Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Bank and supported by Franchise World.Owned and op...Read more...
Wilkins Chimney Sweep teams up with Home Instead Senior Care
22-Apr-2013 - Wilkins Chimney Sweep teams up with Home Instead Senior Care to provide basic training to franchiseesWilkins Chimney Sweep has recently teamed up with Home Instead Senior Care, who specialise in providing at-home care for the elderly, to give their chimney sweeping franchisees a few tips on how to cope with a client who is suffering from dement...Read more...
007 Awarded Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise
9-Jul-2012 - 007 Awarded Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise!His name is Baldacchino...John Baldacchino and he has ended Wilkins Chimney Sweep’s hunt for franchisee 007. John, 40, lives near Chester and now owns Wilkins Chimney Sweep – West Cheshire and is their 7th franchisee since their launch in December 2010.John is married with two children and pre...Read more...
Awardwinning franchisor Wilkins Chimney Sweep in radio doublebill!
26-Apr-2012 - Award-winning Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisor Louise Harris was surprised and delighted when she was unexpectedly a guest on not one but two radio shows to discuss the benefits of franchising yesterday. Louise, who was recently awarded ‘New Woman Franchisor 2011’ by EWIF (Encouraging Women Into Franchising) had initially been invited ...Read more...
2011 New Woman Franchisor of the Year Louise Harris Wilkins Chimney Sweep
29-Mar-2012 - Wilkins Chimney Sweep are delighted to announce that Franchise Director at an award ceremony in London organised by EWIF, Encouraging Women into Franchising.Wilkins Chimney Sweep was originally established in 1895 and franchised by husband and wife team Peter and Louise Harris in December 2010.The business is based in Newbury and Wilkins Chim...Read more...
Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise number four Springs up in Malvern!
29-Feb-2012 - Man-in-a-van franchise Wilkins Chimney Sweep is delighted to announce the signing of their fourth franchisee, having recently awarded a territory to ex Police and Trading Standards Officer John Parker. John’s territory will be Malvern and Worcester, joining the three existing franchisees based in Brighton and Worthing, Cambridge and the Black...Read more...
Sir Bernard Ingham presents certificate to Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee
12-Dec-2011 - L to R: Sir Bernard Ingham, President of the British Franchise Association, Louise Harris, Franchise Director at Wilkins Chimney Sweep, Steven Gallacher, Owner of Wilkins Chimney Sweep Cambridge, Brian Smart, Director General of the British Franchise Association Wilkins Chimney Sweep were delighted when President of the BFA Sir Bernar...Read more...
Wilkins Sweeps to Success in First Year!
2-Dec-2011 - Newbury-based franchise operation Wilkins Chimney Sweep is celebrating an incredibly successful first year in business.The new franchising arm of Wilkins Chimney Sweep, which has been trading in Newbury since 1865, beat all targets by awarding four franchises in their first 12 months. The new franchisees are based in Brighton, Cambridge, Malvern an...Read more...
Wilkins Chimney Sweep signs up first three franchisees!
23-Aug-2011 - Pictured (Left to right) Mark Frost, Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Brighton and Worthing Peter Harris, MD Wilkins Chimney Sweep Ltd (Franchisor) Steven Gallacher, Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Cambridge Dave Connolly, Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Black Country Anne Gallacher, Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Cambridge In record time, Newbury based Wilk...Read more...
Fair Franchise Package from WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP Limited
14-Feb-2011 - Wilkins Chimney Sweep, a successful Newbury chimney sweeping firm founded in 1895, has today officially opened its doors to enthusiastic potential business people looking for a stable, recession proof business. The company’s directors, husband and wife team Louise and Peter Harris, have created a fair franchise package for potential chimney ...Read more...
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Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise Video
As a WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP franchisee, you can enjoy all the benefits of working for yourself in a proven, long established business, with tremendous start up and support packages to back you up. We typically work indoors sweeping and removing nests. The cages, caps and cowls are fitted directly to the chimney pots – if ladder work doesn&rsqu
Franchise Events and Discovery Days information on Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited
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WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP Limited Promotional Events
DISCOVERY DAYSA great way to find out more about WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP is to join us at a Discovery Day in Newbury. Open to all people who are considering buying a franchise, the day is an informal look at franchising and the WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP model.Louise and Peter Harris run these days approximately once a month. We l...Read more...
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