10th January 2023
The chimney sweeping business, founded in 1895 and franchised in 2011, has 16 franchisees trading over 24 territories across the UK. It was purchased by Taylor Made Franchising in 2018.
In October 2022, Wilkins turned over £302,000, breaking through the £300,000 barrier for the first time. This is in comparison to October 2021, when they turned over £258,000, which gave them a 17% year-on-year increase.
Notably, in September 2022, Wilkins turned over £253,000 compared to £193,000 in the same month the previous year, a 31% year-on-year increase.
A delighted franchise manager Lisa Kimber said: “These financial results are an excellent reflection of the network’s hard work. All credit to them. From August to December our franchisees and their teams are working flat out sweeping chimneys and installing cages, caps and cowls to keep people safe in their homes and businesses. During the rest of the year, we spend time with them doing business planning, setting targets and goals for the next year and as you can see, it has reaped positive results. Some of our franchisees have now taken on a 2nd van and a member of staff for the first time this winter. Of course, we guided them through the process every step of the way. We are all delighted with these results and look forward to breaking the £400,000 barrier in 2023."
The company has also recently been presented with their WorkBuzz Five Star Satisfaction Award at the British Franchise Association annual conference in Birmingham.
The award is given to franchises that have recorded top scores in their Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark Programme. Franchisees are asked to complete a confidential online survey, rating their franchisor on qualities such as initial training, ongoing support, their relationship with the franchisor, and whether they would recommend the franchise to a prospective franchisee. Wilkins Chimney Sweep scored 97% putting them in the top three franchises in the ‘Franchise Business to Consumer’ category.
Darren Taylor, managing director of Taylor Made Franchising collected their 5-Star Satisfaction Award at the recent British Franchise Association conference.
Commenting on the recent success achieved by the company Taylor said: “Wilkins continues to go from strength to strength. My congratulations to the management team and to the franchisees who are working so hard to build themselves successful, ethical, profitable franchise businesses. My congratulations to them all.”
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.
Build a sustainable, ethical, saleable and scalable business
We are the only bfa accredited chimney sweeping franchise
Annual repeat business with excellent cash flow!