About Us

Run your own large domestic contract cleaning business with one of Britain’s longest-established franchises:

  • Regular, recurring, stable income
  • Cash flow-positive business
  • Established and trusted brand
  • From home to premises to property owner
  • Build a sizable asset to sell

Established in 1980, Poppies is now owned and operated by its most successful franchisee, Chris Wootton. Chris and his head office team will guide and support you in how to build your own large domestic contract cleaning business. Hungry to achieve? Set out to be one of the biggest businesses in the Poppies network…

£500k+ sales: build a highly profitable business

£100k+ earnings: once established, enjoy six-figure earnings

£400k+ future value: an established business should sell for a considerable sum

(Based on 2019 figures for the top 20% of franchisees who have their own management team.)

“My business has grown a lot in the last two years. I’ve got a brilliant team and I don’t have to be in the office everyday anymore.” Kate, Farnborough

Personal, Professional, Proven

A franchise is about replicating a proven business model for yourself. Who better to guide you along that path than someone who has trodden it themselves! To be successful with Poppies you simply need the right attitude, Chris and the team will help you with the rest.
No prior cleaning industry or business ownership experience is necessary, you need to be:

  1. A great communicator
  2. Business minded
  3. Methodical and motivated
  4. Proud and respectful
  5. Willing to reinvest to grow your business

“It’s great being independent, but also comforting to have support and advice from other business owners running similar companies.” Katie & Lee, Chester

The Journey Ahead

There are two routes into running your own Poppies domestic cleaning business; either start in a new territory or buy an established business. Here are the typical steps when following the most common route of starting in a new territory:

  • Launch: Invest £8K plus funding* and follow our proven guidance
  • Premises: From home office to visible premises. Rapidly build your customer base
  • Growth: Re-invest profits, grow your team, manage more customers
  • Maturity: Healthy income, great lifestyle, potential to earn £100K+
  • Extend/Exit: Invest in property, buy more territory, succession plan, sell your asset…

*funding subject to status – total initial investment of £27.5K including VAT and working capital

We encourage you to compare our personal and ethical approach to business with other cleaning franchises. There is quite a range out there, including new entrants, low-cost options and huge corporate international multi-brand franchisors with hundreds of franchisees. The right franchise for one person won’t be right for another.

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Key Facts:

Opportunities:
Available across the UK
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£8,250
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part time:
Yes
Tags:
Break Even In:
Yes, through a third party
Number Of Outlets:
22
In Business Since:
1980
Funding Support:
Yes
BFA Membership:
Member - Established
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