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Wilkins Chimney Sweep
Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise - Van-based Chimney Business
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.
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 Franchise
Van-based Chimney Business

The Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise is a multi-award winning Van-based Chimney Business. Established in 1895 the first franchisees joined the business in 2011 and the team is growing steadily.Wilkins strive to ensure that every franchisee gets the best business opportunity, training, kit, back office systems and support that you would expect from an award winning franchise.

What are the main services of the business?

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise | Van-based Chimney BusinessFranchisees primarily sweep chimneys, fit bird protection (cages, caps & cowls) and during the quieter months also offer patio & driveway cleaning.

In the very busy season a sweep will maybe sweep 8-10 chimneys a day. There is a small amount of admin but around a half day each week is spent on banking and managing the business.

What would be my main role as a franchise owner?

Franchisees handle local marketing (with guidance from Head Office), accounts and delivery of the services. Whilst they have people to handle bookings, franchisees are in charge of their own diary so they can accommodate family and social needs.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise | Van-based Chimney BusinessCan it be run as a family business?

Wilkins welcome the family being involved in the business.

How do I get clients?

Franchisees will need to market, advertise and network for new business. Initial training and ongoing marketing support will assist this process.

 What does the business model offer?

  • Multiple revenue streams - enjoy a stable income throughout the year
  • Positive cash flow - payment is typically received at each job
  • 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 - the Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise practice and actively promote ethical franchising
  • Work from home and your vehicle

Is this a sole operator business or a multi-van management opportunity?

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise | Van-based Chimney BusinessMost franchisees start as owner-operators but several have expanded into second vehicles with some looking to put a third on the road.

Is there a need for a Chimney Sweep?

The increase in the number of woodburners installed as well as the constant popularity of open fires keeps sweeps busy across the UK.

What is the overall investment, and how much money should I have available?

Franchisees will need a van, laptop, tablet and phone. In addition The franchise fee is £5,000 plus VAT and the start up package is £13,000 (kit, training, marketing etc) 

The total outlay therefore is £18,000 plus VAT. However, an asset finance package, including a vehicle, will bring this initial payment to £13,100 plus subject to the usual checks.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise | Van-based Chimney BusinessWhat financial rewards can be achieved?

A franchisee can expect to replace a middle managers salary within a couple of years depending on local forces and drive/determination! A business plan will help guide expectations before contracts are signed!

How are territories defined?

Territories are approximately 100,000 houses and greenfield (unfilled) sites are defined around new franchisee locations.

Are there any existing franchise businesses available for re-sale?

Worthing & Brighton (one territory) is run by Mark Frost, he is looking to retire.

Find out more about the Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchise, the leading Van-based Chimney Business. Click below now!

What Our Franchisees Say

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.


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.


Why Choose Us

Build a sustainable, ethical, saleable and scalable business

Annual repeat business with excellent cash flow!

We are the only bfa accredited chimney sweeping franchise

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