John Baldacchino owns the West Cheshire franchise.
What did you do before you bought your franchise?
I’d had 20 years of hospitality industry experience working for brands such as Hilton, TGI Fridays, Starbucks, Punch taverns and Marston’s. At Starbucks I was the first store manager in the UK opening the market in 1998. My last job before I bought my franchise was managing self-employed pub operators in an innovative new pub agreement that supported the local pub.
What made you buy a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise?
I’d previously worked for large global organisations and knew I wanted to be able to take control of the direction of my own business; I’d been looking for the right business opportunity for some years and, having previously managed multiple self-employed operators, understood the benefits that a strong franchise model could offer.
After investigating a number of franchise opportunities and then meeting Louise and Peter, I quickly realised that I was very interested in the opportunity Wilkins were offering. I’d found a franchise business that delivered a quality service within a close geography, in a sustainable market.
Wilkins Chimney Sweep offered me what I was looking for, that other franchises just couldn’t.