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Find out what attracted 23 year old Pierre Goodwin a young, sport mad, mechanical engineering graduate to the world of franchising. Pierre has become the youngest ever member of the Wilkins network, taking on the Guildford territory.
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Hear from 23 year old Pierre Goodwin who has just completed his training to become the youngest ever member of the Wilkins network, taking on the Guildford territory. Find out what attracted this young, sport mad, mechanical engineering graduate to the world of franchising.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep FranchiseMy degree course taught me that I loved University, but that I didn’t want to pursue engineering as a career, much to my parents’ consternation. I’ve watched my friends start to try and climb the corporate ladder in London, and whilst I’m not knocking it, it’s not for me.

I’ve had some pretty interesting jobs actually, from waiting tables, gardening, working at a Gin distillery and even considering becoming a full time fitness instructor.”

Franchising stood out as an obvious way to start a business with a huge leg up the ladder in terms of initial training, mentoring, and ongoing support. I have to admit that Wilkins Chimney Sweep may have appeared on my radar in a slightly unusual way.

My Girlfriend’s Father, Nick, is a Wilkins Franchisee, in-fact he’s their highest earner and it’s been impossible not to notice just how much he loves what he does every day.

How did you find the money to fund your franchise fee and start up capital?

I was fortunate enough to have money set aside from my parents, grandparents and my own savings, which was admittedly intended to be a deposit to get me on the property ladder. Some people might think it’s crazy to take that risk, especially given how hard it is to get a house these days, but if I didn’t believe 100% that I could instead use the money to start a successful business that would allow me to recoup the investment, use it for its original purpose, and then be left with a house and my own profitable business, I would never have done it. For me, the rewards just outweighed the risk.”

How risk free do you think franchising is?

Wilkins Chimney Sweep FranchiseI don’t think starting any business is risk free, but there’s no doubt that franchising, if you find the right one for you, greatly reduces the risks normally associated with start ups.

Wilkins is a well known brand, loads of heritage, great training and support, and I was able to speak to the other people in the network before signing up.

No matter how strong the model, I still have to put the work in, but I’m someone that thrives on a challenge and doing the best job possible.”

How have you found the training?

It’s been great, but I will admit that I totally underestimated just how tough it was going to be! This is a highly skilled job and the first two weeks of training were really full on; long days and a lot to take in.

By the end of the second week though, everything clicked and I became much more confident and desperate to get out there and start drumming up business.

Any advice for other people considering franchising, especially people your age?

Wilkins Chimney Sweep FranchiseThe best anecdotal advice that I can pass on actually came from Nick, when he told me that he wished he had known about franchising when he was 23! Choose something that excites you and you believe you’ll be good at and want to stick with; it isn’t a ‘try it for a bit and move on to the next thing’ kind of arrangement, I’ve signed a 6-year franchise agreement.

Yes, I’d absolutely recommend Wilkins, there’s no question it’s the right one for me, but whatever type of franchise you want to explore, I would seriously advise starting with the bfa website.

Take your time, don’t let yourself be talked into anything you’re not 100% sure of and know your own strengths and weaknesses. I’m amazed more people don’t know about the opportunities out there, although hands off Wilkins Chimney Sweep Guildford, it’s mine!”

About the Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise:

Wilkins Chimney Sweep, was founded in 1895 in Newbury. It was franchised in 2011 and is owned by husband-and-wife team Peter and Louise Harris. It currently has 12 franchise territories operating across the UK from Worthing to Whitley Bay. They are now looking for franchisees to expand the business in many areas across the UK. The company has won numerous awards in recent years as it builds on it’s reputation for providing only the best trained, fully insured and meticulous chimney sweeps in the industry.

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