Poppies franchiseLearn from the best, become the best
Build a domestic cleaning management franchise with low investment, great returns and personal mentoring from our most successful franchisee
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Learn from the best, become the best
Run your own large domestic contract cleaning business
with one of Britain's longest established franchises
Established in 1980, Poppies is now owned and operated by its most successful franchisee, Chris Wootton. Chris and his head office team will guide and support you in how to build your own large domestic contract cleaning business. Hungry to achieve... why not set out to be one of the biggest businesses in the Poppies network?
Personal, Professional, Proven
A franchise is about replicating a proven business model for yourself – who better to guide you along that path than someone who has trodden it themselves!
To be successful with Poppies you simply need the right attitude, Chris and the team will help you with the rest.
“I could always see the potential and I liked that I could build a really big business. But I had to confess that I absolutely hate cleaning! I eventually had my ‘lightbulb’ moment which enabled me to see past the service and truly see the business opportunity. I realised that there are literally hundreds of people out there, just like me, who hate cleaning and would much rather be at work and have someone else do it for them. So, I jumped in to lead my team of cleaners and, of course, that was absolutely right. It turns out that I was my own ideal customer!”
Becky, Poppies Exeter
The Journey Ahead
There are two routes into running your own Poppies domestic cleaning business, either start in a new territory or buy an established business. Here are the typical steps when following the most common route of starting in a new territory:
Launch: Invest £7K plus funding* and follow our proven guidance
Premises: From home-office to visible premises. Rapidly build your customer base
Growth: Re-invest profits, grow your team, manage more customers
Maturity: Healthy income, great lifestyle, potential to earn £100K+
Extend/Exit: Invest in property, buy more territory, succession plan, sell your asset…
*funding subject to status - total initial investment of £25K includes working capital
The ideal Poppies franchisee
The most important characteristics of successful Poppies franchisees are that they have excellent people skills, real passion for their business and the ambition to grow.
No prior cleaning industry or business ownership experience is necessary. You need to be:
- A great communicator
- Business minded
- Methodical and motivated
- Proud and respectful
- Willing to reinvest to grow your business
Founded in 1980 by Sue Rorstad, Poppies launched its first franchise in 1984. More than a decade of successfully launching people into business later, what Sue didn’t know was that one of them was to become the future of her brand.
In 1996 Chris Wootton became a Poppies franchisee in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Carefully following the business model honed by Sue and earlier franchisees, he grew his business (which he still owns to this day!) into the largest in the Poppies network.
With Chris enjoying sustained success, he and Sue became good friends. Chris moved into various franchise management and support roles within Poppies, using the knowledge and experience he’d gained from growing his own franchise to help others.
When Sue’s thoughts turned to retirement, it was a natural evolution for Chris to take over the reins. On 1 April 2018 – 22 years to the day since he became a franchisee, and 38 years to the day since Poppies was founded – Chris bought the business and became the new managing director.
With a love for Poppies and a firm belief in the franchise, Chris spent a full two years diligently setting the brand up for its future, modernising systems and pausing new franchise sales completely until the time was right and the business was ready.
That time is now. The business is ready.