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Summary
We`re a van-based, full time chimney sweep franchise that operates from home. We`ve been cleaning chimneys in homes, pubs and offices since 1895. Our franchisees sweep chimneys, fit cages, caps and cowls, and provide an important local safety service. Our model ticks the boxes for a sustainable, growing, profitable business.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
  Minimum Investment:
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes

Company Overview

We’re a van-based, full-time franchise that operates from home. We’ve been cleaning chimneys in homes, pubs and offices since 1895.  The franchise was established in late 2010 to develop a national network of professional and commercial chimney sweeps. Our franchisees run their own local business in which they sweep chimneys, fit cages, caps and cowls, and provide an important local safety service. Our model ticks the boxes for a sustainable, growing, profitable business. 

Franchise Overview

Established in Newbury in 1895, Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchised the operation late in 2010. Our goal is national coverage, but via slow growth only initially. In 2013 we started the year with 6 franchisees trading and are looking to bring only 5 on board during the year. Aside from Newbury, all territories are franchises.

Training

Training is in two parts – how to run the business and how to deliver the service. A week in the classroom on running the business sets up the business systems, back office and marketing processes; two weeks on the van at ‘live’ customer properties, including a day on working with ladders, ensures the franchisee is ready for business from day one.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

A typical day is out ‘9-5’ sweeping or installing cowls. Back home (after a bath!) complete the day’s brief admin and make follow up calls to customers if necessary.  Four days a week are sweeping, one is fitting cages, caps and cowls. There is about half a day of admin each week maximum – bookkeeping and banking – plus keeping on top of marketing. It’s a simple yet commercial model!

Full Description

Full Legal Company Name
Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited
HQ Address

Niymech House, Southdown Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 3BF, United Kingdom

Telephone
01635 551 454
Contact
Ms Louise Harris QFP
BFA Membership
None
Company overview

We’re a van-based, full-time franchise that operates from home. We’ve been cleaning chimneys in homes, pubs and offices since 1895.  The franchise was established in late 2010 to develop a national network of professional and commercial chimney sweeps. Our franchisees run their own local business in which they sweep chimneys, fit cages, caps and cowls, and provide an important local safety service. Our model ticks the boxes for a sustainable, growing, profitable business. 

Investment Currency
GBP £
Training

Training is in two parts – how to run the business and how to deliver the service. A week in the classroom on running the business sets up the business systems, back office and marketing processes; two weeks on the van at ‘live’ customer properties, including a day on working with ladders, ensures the franchisee is ready for business from day one.

Franchise Overview

Established in Newbury in 1895, Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchised the operation late in 2010. Our goal is national coverage, but via slow growth only initially. In 2013 we started the year with 6 franchisees trading and are looking to bring only 5 on board during the year. Aside from Newbury, all territories are franchises.

Home Based
Yes
Locations
UK-England
Daily Life of a Franchisee

A typical day is out ‘9-5’ sweeping or installing cowls. Back home (after a bath!) complete the day’s brief admin and make follow up calls to customers if necessary.  Four days a week are sweeping, one is fitting cages, caps and cowls. There is about half a day of admin each week maximum – bookkeeping and banking – plus keeping on top of marketing. It’s a simple yet commercial model!

Training Provided
Yes
Part Time
Yes
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