The Worthing and Brighton territory was the first Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise and the franchisee has operated his sole trader business from his home in Worthing since August 2011. Since that time, he has grown the business successfully year-on-year but is now ready to sell the business and retire.

Chimney sweeping is enjoying a renaissance with interest in opening up old fireplaces increasing. In addition, around 175,000 wood burning stoves are being installed nationally every year, and they have become a much sought after home improvement.

Without doubt, there is a demand for this service, and the Wilkins franchise model shows that with proper support and dedication good profits are to be made.

There are a number of opportunities for expansion in this business as the current owner has focused his attention on Worthing. An improvement in the Brighton service through targeted marketing should be attainable. Whilst the business is year-round, there are opportunities for a franchise purchaser to boost income during the quieter months by adopting the Wilkins PowerClean patio/driveway cleaning service.