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Wilkins Chimney Sweep Case Study
From the home office to home working for Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchisees, Steven and Anne Gallacher.
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
Next Steps

From the Home Office to Home Working for Wilkins Chimney Sweep Franchisee

Steven (46) and Anne (44) Gallacher decided to purchase a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise after meeting owners Peter and Louise Harris at a franchise exhibition held at ExCel in London in February 2011.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep FranchiseeSteven had recently taken voluntary redundancy from his job as a senior manager in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice; Deputy head teacher Ann has been a primary school teacher for over 20 years and will continue to teach, whilst helping Steven with the administrative tasks of their new business.

What made you buy a franchise business?

'We had always wanted to run our own business but were conscious of the risks involved; we welcomed the support and experience that buying an established business model gave us; it allowed us to ‘hit the ground running’ and provide a first-class service from our very first day of trading.’

What made you buy a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise?

‘Peter and Louise struck us as being an honest team, providing an essential but often forgotten community service. We liked their honesty; they did not promise instant profits, but what they did offer us was a long-established and experienced parent business with good support. Just what we were looking for.’

What are you looking forward to about running your own business?

‘We are both so excited about the challenge of running our own business, knowing that the key factors in our success will largely be down to our own hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to the freedoms, balanced by the inherent responsibilities, of working for ourselves, and eventually reaping the rewards of our labour.’

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

Over the next 12 months our focus will be on developing the business as laid out in the manual, to ensure we have the essential building blocks in place to provide the best service we can for our new customers. Essentially chimney sweeping is an affordable, repeat service that keeps people safe; most people are aware that the burning of wood is the most eco- friendly method of heating our homes and businesses, and combined with recent fuel price rises, we hope many more people will re-open their fireplaces and enjoy coming home to a real fire once more.

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Jon McDougall, loved his job so much he bought the company!Jon McDougall, loved his job so much he bought the company!

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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

We are the only bfa accredited chimney sweeping franchise

Build a sustainable, ethical, saleable and scalable business

Annual repeat business with excellent cash flow!

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