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From McDonald’s to Wilkins Chimney Sweep


Stephen Jones is the Swansea franchisee for Wilkins Chimney Sweep.  Having spent 30 years in various roles working for McDonalds, Stephen decided to act on his desire to be his own boss.  Franchising appealed as it allowed him to buy into an already successful business, and whilst chimney sweeping may not seem the most glamourous of businesses, Stephen recognised the growth potential within the market and liked that it was a low start up with low running costs.  It is also a business that could be expanded over time into a multi-van operation if desired.   Read more about Stephen’s journey into franchising and why he chose a Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise.Stephen Jones is the Swansea franchisee for Wilkins Chimney Sweep

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Franchising in Wales, why buy a franchise in Wales?

Franchising in Wales is valued at £0.4 billion and is an important aspect of the Welsh economy. 39% of all franchise systems are present in Wales.

Wales is a country steeped in history and culture, with a traditional strong work ethic. Today Wales boasts a population of 2.94 million, mainly concentrated around its major cities of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham and mining valleys of the south east of the country. Cardiff, Wales' capital city and one of the UK's primary cosmopolitan cities, boasts a population of 0.31 million.

There are 13 counties in Wales - Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merioneth, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire. Other main urban areas include Newport, Swansea and Wrexham.

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