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Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Described as the perfect business model, Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise offer a full time, chimney sweep van based cleaning franchise that operates from home. This franchise model ticks the boxes for a sustainable, growing, profitable business.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAssociate
  • UK Years Established7 years
  • Current UK Coverage15%
  • Franchisee Support Staff4
  • Personal Investment Req.£9,170 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£13,100 approx
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
  • Part of a collaborative networkYes
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Wilkins Chimney Sweep Sell to StumpBusters

1st February 2018

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Sell to StumpBusters

Darren Taylor - Owner of StumpBusters

Wilkins Chimney Sweep have sold their business to Darren Taylor Holdings Ltd.  The company has acquired Wilkins to be run alongside its other companies including tree-stump grinding franchise StumpBusters UK Ltd and other smaller operations.

The Chimney Sweeping business, owned by husband and wife team Peter and Louise Harris, has been sold as an on-going operation and it will remain 'business as usual'. Louise Harris is remaining as franchise manager and Peter will continue to act as the technical consultant.

StumpBusters, owned by Darren Taylor, is based in Shaftesbury, Dorset. The company currently has 38 franchisees with just five territories left to sell in the UK. They were founded in 1991 and franchised in 1994. Darren was a franchisee until he purchased the business in 2013.

Louise Harris said:
"Peter bought Wilkins Chimney Sweep in 1998, running it as a successful Berkshire chimney sweeping business with one member of staff. We then met and married in 2009 and together we franchised the business in 2011. Peter has now retired from full-time chimney sweeping and we have sold our original operations business to our employee. As a couple we have loved running Wilkins Chimney Sweep together but as Peter has now retired he will be taking a more consultative role.

We are so pleased to have been acquired by Darren and his team. This move will help to ensure the progress of Wilkins Chimney Sweep, with an increased support team and commitment to growth, in particular the continued strategic recruitment of the right franchisees into the business. Darren fully understands the owner-operator business model and the challenges that our franchisees have in growing their businesses as well as the franchising model as a whole."

Darren said:
"Louise and Peter have created a strong foundation for Wilkins Chimney Sweep, with some very impressive systems and technologies. I am really looking forward to working with the franchisees to build on the hard work that they have put in and to bringing on board new franchisees, who would also like to benefit from the dedication and commitment of their franchisors.

The unique nature of the chimney sweeping business really attracted me and gives me the opportunity to expand in the mobile franchise market and to grow the business."

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Wilkins Chimney Sweep Named on Elite Franchise's Top 100 League TableWilkins Chimney Sweep Named on Elite Franchise's Top 100 League Table

12th December 2017

Wilkins Chimney Sweep is 54th best franchise in the UK according to new league table.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Gets Behind National Fire Safety CampaignWilkins Chimney Sweep Gets Behind National Fire Safety Campaign

11th September 2017

Wilkins Chimney Sweep is getting firmly behind the national fire safety campaign to reduce chimney fires.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Take On Their 15th Franchisee!Wilkins Chimney Sweep Take On Their 15th Franchisee!

28th June 2017

Wilkins Chimney Sweep has recently awarded their 15th franchise to Andy Neville in Bedfordshire.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee Reaches Finals of bfa Franchisee of the year AwardsWilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee Reaches Finals of bfa Franchisee of the year Awards

28th April 2017

John Baldacchino, owner of Wilkins Chimney Sweep West Cheshire, has reached the finals of the bfa’s Franchisee of the Year awards.

Franchisee of the Year Named at Annual Wilkins Chimney Sweep ConferenceFranchisee of the Year Named at Annual Wilkins Chimney Sweep Conference

13th April 2017

Wilkins Chimney Sweep have named John Baldacchino as their franchisee of the year at their 6th annual conference.

Louise Harris reaches finals in TWO categories of the EWIF Awards!Louise Harris reaches finals in TWO categories of the EWIF Awards!

30th March 2017

Louise Harris, franchise director of Wilkins Chimney Sweep, has been announced as a finalist in two categories of the annual EWIF Awards.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep blast franchisees clean away… with PowerClean training day!Wilkins Chimney Sweep blast franchisees clean away… with PowerClean training day!

21st March 2017

Wilkins Chimney Sweep has held a training day to teach their franchisees how to incorporate the new Wilkins PowerClean system into their existing franchise.

What Our Franchisees Say

I liked the idea of working for myself doing something more hands on than I had been used to as an ex-surveyor. Franchising gave me professional backup, training and an established name to use.


WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP have been very supportive in providing both practical training, and also advice on how to run a business with accounting and tax information.


Why Choose Us

Build a sustainable, ethical, saleable and scalable business

Our service satisfies a customer ‘need’ not ‘want’

Annual repeat business with excellent cash flow!

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