Wilkins Chimney Sweep specialises in chimney and flue sweeping. The company was established over a century ago and is still going strong today.
You can now start your own chimney sweeping operation with the brand’s help. Just take one of the franchise opportunities it’s offering.
Services Performed by Insured & Trained Sweepers
In addition to chimney sweeping, the company can also fit bird and rain protection systems to chimneys, remove nests and blockages and provide expert advice as well as clear patios, paths and driveways. Each of the brand’s technicians has professional indemnity and public liability insurance and is fully background checked.
The Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise Model
If you become a franchisee, you’d run your own chimney sweeping operation in a designated, exclusive area. The brand will help you find new business opportunities initially, but you’ll be expected to develop and grow your customer base independently as you move forward. This being said, you’ll always be able to rely on the head office team for advice and guidance.
Wondering what your normal working days would consist of? You’d travel from customer to customer in your branded van delivering premium sweeping services. You’d complete any administration tasks with the company’s special ProSweep app and market your services, when needed. As your enterprise grows, you’d have the option to employ other sweepers and buy more vans.
Remember, your franchise can be home based, if you choose.
Never Swept a Chimney Before?
It would be natural to assume that running a service franchise like this requires a background in the industry. But you’d be wrong! Wilkins Chimney Sweep has stated that the majority of its franchisees had absolutely no chimney sweeping experience and very limited business experience before they applied. The company will be able to teach you everything you need to know. All you must have is the ambition to succeed.
A Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise costs £13,100 plus VAT. However, this doesn’t take into account the working capital you’ll require while you set up your operation. The company will be able to advise you as to exactly how much you’ll need once you apply, but the total investment is likely to be close to £20,000. Despite this, you’d still struggle to find other services franchises that are as low cost.
Your money will cover a deposit on a branded van and an equipment package as well as a six-year licence to operate under the Wilkins Chimney Sweep trade name. You’ll also get official uniforms, full training, marketing support and that’s not all.
Don’t forget, from your third year onwards, you should expect to generate circa £58,500 in revenue per annum.
Wilkins Chimney Sweep can help you secure up to 65% of the capital required to invest. The company will do this by connecting you with major banks. You’ll need to present a business plan. This should contain a description of the franchise opportunity and detailed financial analysis. Your request will be approved subject to status. What does this mean? Simply stated, you must have an acceptable credit score and income level. You’ll find the exact criteria varies from bank to bank.
A Truly Comprehensive Training Programme
Wilkins Chimney Sweep will provide you with both business and practical training. You’ll spend a week in a classroom environment learning all about the different aspects of the operation. During this time, you’ll be taught how to use the company’s custom-built ProSweep software. This system will allow you to manage your bookings, invoices and so on. You’ll also get to grips with administration, bookkeeping and marketing.
Following this, you’ll spend a minimum of 10 working days alongside a current franchisee. You’ll sweep between 80 and 100 chimneys and gain experience dealing with all kinds of different issues. Plus, you’ll become familiar with ladder work and fitting cages, caps and cowls. When you’re finished, you’ll be confident and ready to take the reins of your services franchise.
Wilkins Chimney Sweep will provide you with extensive marketing support to coincide with the launch of your business. You’ll get a dedicated webpage, collateral, stationery and more.
Taking the Next Step
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