Wilkins Chimney Sweep

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    Unsuprisiningly, the main work of a Wilkins Chimney Sweep is chimney sweeping but there are a number of additional chimney & home related services offered under the Wilkins brand to reduce seasonality and drive additional income. Franchisees start their business working in their local territory following industry leading training. They then work, fully supported, to grow a scalable and sellable business during their 6 year franchise term.

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    Jon Bright - Franchisee

    SOURCE Jon Bright, from Old Buckenham near Norwich, began trading in his new Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise in August 2016. "I’m a mechanical engineer by training, and also have a Masters degree in business management, although I have not used this much until now. While I was born in London, my family was originally from Norwich and I have many happy memories of Norfolk holidays in the 70s and 80s, so when in 2000 I was offered a job with Lotus I jumped at the chance of moving up. For the last few years I have been commuting to Cambridge where I was working as a forensic engineer. I enjoyed that job but it involved a lot of desk work and after eight years the commute started to get me down, so I knew it was time for a change. I started looking around for a job closer to home, but couldn’t see anything that I found appealing. I knew I didn’t want to have a desk job again, which limited my search quite dramatically. I had always wanted to start my own business and when I couldn’t find a suitable job, I started to think about this again. However, starting your own business from scratch is really quite risky, which is what brought me to franchising – you get all the benefits of being your own boss, but with far less risk. I know it sounds funny, but I always tell people that Wilkins found me. When I started looking into franchising seriously I started to do a lot of research, via the British Franchise Association and other websites, and Wilkins just stood out to me straight away. It was a very practical business which offered a high quality service, and also meant I would be out and about every day, meeting different people; it couldn’t really be further away from a desk job. The fact it was a traditional old-fashioned trade, but something that is still extremely useful today also appealed, it just ticked all the boxes. The branding, heritage… I was just very impressed. It is a service which a lot of people need, especially as installing fires in the home becomes more and more fashionable. I had a log burner put in a couple of years ago and absolutely love it, plus it improved my energy rating which saves me some money. I’m not sure many people actually know that if you have a fire or a stove and you don’t get your chimney swept every year it will affect your home insurance if you have a fire, as it is a prerequisite of a lot of insurers. So I think there is definitely an education job to be done as well. Training and support from the franchisors was and is fantastic, I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it! The first week was office training which finally allowed me to put my Masters degree to some use. It was certainly a bit of an eye opener seeing everything that running your own business entails, but the Wilkins team couldn’t have been more thorough and I know they are always there if I need their assistance. Then I had two weeks of sweeping training, which was great but very hard work. By the end of the two weeks I really began to feel it, I think I was using muscles I didn’t even know I had, but it was definitely worth it. (’ll never be able to compete with Peter on Radio 2’s Pop Master quiz though!) The training left me feeling ready to go out on my own and get properly started. It is such a great role, I meet some very interesting people, and have been in all kinds of houses, there is something different every day, which is exactly what I wanted. My first aim was to get out and about into the local community, meeting as many people as possible and get my name known for providing an excellent service. I think I can safely say I achieved that! The Wilkins licence is for six years and I would like to do two of these periods before I retire. In the long-term I hope to get more than one van on the road and the ultimate aim is to cover the whole of Norfolk so I have something really worthwhile to sell when I eventually retire. SOURCE


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Brief Description About us

Unsuprisiningly, the main work of a Wilkins Chimney Sweep is chimney sweeping but there are a number of additional chimney & home related services offered under the Wilkins brand to reduce seasonality and drive additional income. Franchisees start their business working in their local territory following industry leading training. They then work, fully supported, to grow a scalable and sellable business during their 6 year franchise term.

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