How did you get started in the trade and when was it?
I fell into the job really, I was seeking work in 2000 and thought its something different, I’m a hands-on guy, done several different types of work, a sparkies mate, worked in a car factory, grounds work, labouring and roofing. I applied for the job along with 32 others and thought as my grandad was a steeplejack my other grandad was in the fire service its all in the blood really so meant to be, I got offered the job of stove installing and sweeping so took up the new challenge. Progressed on from serving 10+ years with the firm then moved onto gaining full HETAS training to become an installer, followed by joining a sweeping guild worked myself up to the highest level possible within the guild and then went onto become an approved sweep with HETAS. I then started my own business in 2011 and haven’t looked back since. I’ve continued progressing and have achieved Sweep Safe Assessor and Trainer status aswell.
What do you like most about being a Chimney Sweep?
Enjoy being my own boss, meeting different people from all walks of life. Help keeping them and their families safe. Continued learning and developing within the trade raising awareness on the importance of safety for customers is key. Plus the odd slice of cake you are offered from time to time☺
What is your favourite part of the job?
Customer satisfaction! When they show real appreciation for the job you’ve carried out….seeing them happy always!
What do you think makes you a good, trustworthy Chimney Sweep?
Someone who is passionate about the trade, who puts themselves out to continue learning and keeping up with the changes within the industry. Also somebody who puts the customers care first when in their home.
What would you like potential customers reading this to know about you?
Its not all about making a load of money its about helping them on the usage and safety of their appliances. The importance on regular maintenance is something I always remind my customers.
What music or radio station do you listen to in your van?
Absolute Radio is a favourite cant beat some oldies lol. Plus cds various types of music from The Rolling Stones, Stone Roses to Indie, House, Break beats….love all music as long as its not cheesy!☺
Favourite book, Film, TV Series?
Law of Attraction book
The Book of Eli film
All apocalyptic films really.
Tv series The Walking Dead!
When you’re not working what else do you like doing?
This is an easy one really….. love carp, predator and catfishing. MMA fights definitely. Building old skool bmx bikes very passionate there, along with mountain biking. And of course: spending time with my family!