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Wilkins Chimney Sweep named in Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises list

We are proud to announce that we have been named in the Elite Franchise Top 100 franchise opportunities in the UK list (EF100). Judged against hundreds of entries from across multiple sectors, Wilkins Chimney Sweep has been ranked as 90th, a position we will hold for the duration of 2021.

The EF100, established in 2017 in association with HSBC, is a list of the top 100 franchises ranked by their financial performance, heritage, contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation.

The franchise industry contributes over £17billion to the UK economy and more than 700,000 people are employed in franchising across the country. Despite a difficult economic climate, the last 12 months have seen franchise brands like Wilkins survive and thrive thanks to our robust infrastructure and proven business model.

Wilkins Chimney Sweep is part of Darren Taylor’s ever-expanding Taylor Made Franchising Group, which also owns franchise operations Stumpbusters, PVC Vendo and Thomas Cleaning Franchise.

General manager Richard Bryan said,

‘Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the last few months have been record-breaking in more ways than one for Wilkins. Firstly, we banked record takings for the entire network, then we smashed through the 10,000 Trustpilot reviews with a 97% ‘Excellent’ rating and now we’ve made the Elite Franchise Top 100 franchise opportunities in the UK list. It doesn’t get much better than that!’

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Darren Taylor

Managing director of Taylor Made Franchising, Darren Taylor who owns Wilkins Chimney Sweep said,

‘As Richard said, the last few months have been outstanding for Wilkins Chimney Sweep and this is a fantastic accolade at the end of a very long year. One of our proudest moments in 2020 was when Keiron Harding, who took voluntary redundancy during the first lockdown, brought a Wilkins franchise through our ‘No Money Down’ offer. After rigorous training, sweeping over 100 chimneys alongside our experienced staff, Keiron he took £6,000 in his first month of trading and is in the process of building a highly successful, profitable business, to support him and his young family. This is the perfect example of how franchising can work for anyone and we hope more people will come and join us to build their own businesses in 2021.

He continued,

‘The Wilkins franchise model has been honed over nine years; we now have 15 franchisees who between them own 18 territories. From day one Wilkins have worked with their franchisees to ensure they have the right support, training and equipment to allow them to do their jobs properly. They also have a first-class team of support staff with first-hand experience of sweeping chimneys. This all means that anyone thinking of buying a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise can be assured of experienced support every step of the way as they launch their new business. We will start training new sweeps in early 2021. Anyone interested in joining us should contact David Callister on 07825671460 for more information.’



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