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Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Chimney Sweep Franchise

Developing a team of commercial, modern business owners who deliver chimney sweeping and property services to local homes.

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VAN-BASED ‘MULTI-SWEEP’ BUSINESS

What attracted a former Senior Manager, Surveyor, Police Inspector, Pest Control Franchisee and other Small Business Owners?

Was it a business model that offers…

✓ Positive cash flow -
payment is typically received at each job.

✓ Multiple revenue streams -
enjoy a stable income throughout the year.

✓ Repeat business -
build a customer base to ultimately support multiple vans.

✓ Market leading equipment
the best equipment and systems in the industry.

✓ Recession resistant services
periodic cleaning services required year in, year out.

✓ bfa accredited member
we practice and actively promote ethical franchising.

The Wilkins Chimney Sweep multi-award winning business model appeals to professionals looking to take control of their future by developing their own local van based business.

“Wilkins are able to support franchisees through leveraging purchasing power and through offering support services that would normally be financially restrictive for a small business. By doing so it makes my business more profitable. In addition to this, the knowledge base available to me on technical and commercial issues are extensive”

John Baldacchino – Wilkins Chimney Sweep (West Cheshire)

A Profitable Business

With an average 50% net profit margin, this proven multi-van business can, with your hard work,  deliver a typical middle managers salary. Your investment is £13,100 - the major high street banks have endorsed our business model based on our existing sweeps performance and are happy to lend up to 70% of this initial investment (subject to status).

“Whilst I enjoyed my previous employed role, I was constantly aware that I wanted a new challenge away from sales, as well as the opportunity to be my own boss. After lots of research regarding the different franchises available I discovered Wilkins Chimney Sweep” …

Adrian Steel – Wilkins Chimney Sweep (North Hampshire)

Franchisees and their teams deliver a range of seasonal domestic and commercial cleaning services including:

Chimneys of fireplaces and wood burner flues Supply and fitting of cages, caps and cowls Contracts with letting agents and landlords
Pressure washing paths, patios and driveways CCTV inspections and surveys Car parks and walkway surface cleaning

About Wilkins Chimney Sweep

Established in 1895, the first franchisees joined the Wilkins Chimney Sweep brand in 2011. With ten (until you join us!) franchisees operating, the business model is proven up and down the UK and is now looking to ‘sweep’ across the country.

Managing Director, Peter Harris, is a member of the steering committee for the Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS) and is a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep. Louise Harris, Franchise Director is a pro-active member of the bfa and EWIF, embracing and promoting ethical franchising in the UK and is a qualified business trainer. 

Investment

The franchise fee is ‘low’ at £5000 plus but there is additional investment in the training, kit, marketing launch, clothing, technology and van.

Your initial investment is £13,100 plus VAT and it is possible to borrow up to 70% of this initial investment through the major high street banks that have endorsed our model.

Next steps…

If you are serious about becoming your own boss and building a saleable asset for your future please contact Louise for an initial conversation.

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News
WILKINS FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR 2018
WILKINS FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR 2018
26 April 2018
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year Award 2018 is Adrian Steel who covers North Hampshire and Southampton. Adrian joined Wilkins in June 2012 and this is the second time he has received the award. His attention to running his business is...
Chimney Sweep Who Overcame His Fear of Heights Shortlisted In 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee Of The Year Awards
Chimney Sweep Who Overcame His Fear of Heights Shortlisted In 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee Of The Year Awards
05 October 2016
Tyneside-based business Wilkins Chimney Sweep has been shortlisted for the Microbusiness category at the prestigious 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee of The Year Awards. Richard Bryan joined the franchise three years ago, following a 30-year career in social housing. In that time, he’s grown his customer ...
Richard Bryan named Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year
Richard Bryan named Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year
15 April 2016
Richard Bryan of Wilkins Chimney Sweep based in Whitley Bay was delighted and a little astounded at being named Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year 2016. Richard, 51, joined the franchise in 2013 and his local business has gone from strength to strength. As a member of the local Check ...
Man of Steel named Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year
Man of Steel named Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year
27 April 2015
After proving that he’s a superman to his customers, Adrian Steel has been rewarded for outstanding service levels and pioneering business development after being awarded Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee of the Year 2015. The 33-year-old, based in Basingstoke, is the youngest franchisee in the Wil...
Award-winning franchisor in radio double-bill!
Award-winning franchisor in radio double-bill!
16 July 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 F...
New Woman Franchisor of the Year - Louise Harris
New Woman Franchisor of the Year - Louise Harris
16 July 2012
 Wilkins Chimney Sweep are delighted to announce that Franchise Director Louise Harris has recently been named as the ‘2011 New Woman Franchisor of the Year’ at an award ceremony in London organised by EWIF, Encouraging Women into Franchising.  Wilkins Chimney Sweep was originally established i...
The Hunt for 007 Is Over
The Hunt for 007 Is Over
16 July 2012
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 prev...
Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise number four springs up in Malvern!
Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise number four springs up in Malvern!
13 July 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 Br...
A touch of luck! Brighton and Worthing has new chimney sweep
A touch of luck! Brighton and Worthing has new chimney sweep
13 July 2012
Towns and villages along the South coast can take advantage of a new service this week as local man Mark Frost launches Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Brighton and Worthing.Mark will sweep chimneys, remove nests and fit cages caps and cowls to the chimneys of homes and businesses along the South Coast, fro...
Wilkins Sweeps to Success in First Year!
Wilkins Sweeps to Success in First Year!
13 July 2012
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 fra...
A New Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise Springs Up
A New Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise Springs Up
07 March 2012
Man-in-a-van franchise Wilkins Chimney Sweep is delighted to announce the signing of their fourth franchisee, awarding 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 Wo...
Case Studies
You’re never too young to learn a new trick
You’re never too young to learn a new trick
14 July 2016
 Wilkins Chimney Sweep was established 111 years ago, but there’s nothing 19th Century about its latest franchisee appointment. 23 year old Pierre Goodwin has just completed his training to become the youngest ever member of the Wilkins network, taking on the Guildford territory. Let’s find ou...
Jon McDougall - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - West Berks
Jon McDougall - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - West Berks
21 April 2016
Newbury man, Jon McDougall, loved his job so much he bought the company! Jon started work in 2013 as an employee of Wilkins Chimney Sweep in Newbury and has just become the latest franchisee to join award-winning Wilkins Chimney Sweep. Jon, 40, has lived in Newbury since he was 16 having previousl...
Adrian Steel - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - North Hants
Adrian Steel - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - North Hants
06 August 2012
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 Sw...
Mark and Justine Sullivan - Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Mark and Justine Sullivan - Wilkins Chimney Sweep
13 July 2012
Mark Sullivan (49) and his wife Justine (39) own and run Wilkins Chimney Sweep West Suffolk. Mark was a  Police Officer before retiring as an Inspector after 30 years service. They have two young children and live  in Hundon, Suffolk.What made you buy a franchise business? We wanted the challenge...
John Parker - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Malvern
John Parker - Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Malvern
13 July 2012
John 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 ...
Dave Connolly – Wilkins Chimney Sweep -  Black Country
Dave Connolly – Wilkins Chimney Sweep - Black Country
13 July 2012
What 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 that I was part of an established business...
Mark Frost – Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Brighton and Worthing
Mark Frost – Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Brighton and Worthing
13 July 2012
Mark Frost (52) purchased his Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Brighton and Worthing franchise after meeting owners Peter and Louise Harris at a franchise exhibition at ExCel in London in February 2011, having recently been made redundant  from his job as a surveyor. Mark is married to Sue and they have two ...
Steven and Anne Gallacher – Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Cambridge
Steven and Anne Gallacher – Wilkins Chimney Sweep – Cambridge
13 July 2012
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 Of...
Videos
Wilkins Franchisees - A conversation
Wilkins Franchisees - A conversation
Believe it or not chimney sweeping is still a viable business and none do it better than Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise. Adrian and Nick are two franchisees with a few years under their belt and share their stories with each other about becoming a chimney sweep.
Louise Harris of Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Louise Harris of Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Franchise director Louise Harris, talks to FranchiseSales.com about the process of becoming a Wilkins franchise owner.

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