Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited

Contact details

Member - Associate
Ms Louise Harris QFP
Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited  
03300 885769
Hillside House, 1 Hillside Road, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0BH, United Kingdom

About Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited

WCSCompany Overview

We’re a business with a great heritage. Established in 1895 in Newbury, Berkshire, Wilkins Chimney Sweep expanded with its first franchisees in 2011.

Franchisors, husband and wife, Peter and Louise Harris are now based in Hungerford in Berkshire with franchisees across the UK.

Peter is a member of the Steering Committee for the Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS), and his wife Louise, is an associate member representative on the British Franchise Association Board of Directors.

Franchisees run their own local businesses based in an exclusive territory. They offer a range of practical home-based services – chimney sweeping, bird protection and, during the quieter months, a patio and driveway pressure / jet washing service.  We’re a van-based, full-time franchise that operates from home.

Starting as a single operator we expect our franchisees to develop to a second van in their third or fourth year. Our model ticks the boxes for a sustainable, growing, profitable business.

Franchise Overview

Our Franchisees work across the UK from Whitley Bay in the north to Worthing in the south, West Cheshire in the West and South Norfolk in the east! Not all areas lend themselves to the business and we work to establish the need during the planning phase BEFORE accepting franchisees.Wilkins Chimney Sweep

We bring a maximum of six new franchisees into the business each year to ensure the best training and support is available during start up and beyond.

In 2016 our man from Tyneside North, Richard Bryan, won the bfa Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year Award amidst some very tough competition!

Wilkins Chimney Sweep

Key Information

  • Network Size: 15-20 units
  • Franchise Type: Job
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £13,100
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £5,500
  • Franchise Location: Home/Van-based
  • Market: B2C

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Training is in three parts – how to run the business and how to deliver the sweeping service plus further training on PowerClean.

A week in the classroom on running the business sets up the business systems, administration 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 the sweeping business from day one. The practical training is far more extensive than anything available in the market and allows franchisees to practice their skills of customer interaction whilst sweeping. When the franchisee is ready, training is provided on the delivery of the PowerClean service.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

Like most roles, no day is ever the same! 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!

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited Case studies

  • Pierre Goodwin

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Pierre Goodwin

    Pierre has become the youngest business owner in the Wilkins Chimney Sweep network, aged just 23 and pssionate about getting his new venture up and running!

  • Richard Bryan

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Richard Bryan

    Richard, who spent nearly 30 years working in the local public sector, took voluntary redundancy from his last post and was able to dovetail his exit from one business and entry into Wilkins with no interruption or down time.

  • Nick Ménage

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Nick Ménage

    Nick Ménage, 52, bought his Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise after 27 years of running a gym in Banbury. The support and back-up of his Wilkins franchisors were crucial elements of his decision.

  • Christopher Wright

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Christopher Wright

    "After many years of office-based financial services work, I wanted a practical, physical job that would involve meeting the public and providing a quality service. After speaking to Peter and Louise I felt sure I was making the right decision."

  • Andy Neville

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Andy Neville

    Andy Neville (51) has recently purchased Wilkins Chimney Sweep (Bedford) and become their 15th franchisee. Andy is married to wife Jo, who works as a nurse in Cambridge and has three children school-aged children. As he completed his training, we sat down with Andy to ask him a few questions about his journey to becoming a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchisee.

  • Jon Bright

    Wilkins Chimney Sweep Limited: Jon Bright

    Jon Bright, a mechanical engineer by trade, decided to put his Masters degree in business management to use as a franchisee with Wilkins Chimney Sweep.

  • Salvatore Fernandez
    Antal International Network - Franchisee case study

    I have over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry and a proven track record of personally and successfully conducting my own restaurants and managing hotels. Having been a GM and MD, I appreciate the demands and pressures of running a successful hospitality business. Attraction, selection, recruitment and retention of key staff are my primary focus as I support my portfolio of carefully selected clients in increasing the profitability of their businesses by employing the right staff.

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