To improve the standards and professionalism of the UK chimney sweeping industry ensuring the longevity of the chimney sweeping profession for chimney sweeps while safeguarding both the public and trade from the risk of chimney fires and CO poisoning.
The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps was established with the goal to improve standards within the industry by introducing professional training and assessment for sweeps.
Today, the Guild is both nationally and internationally recognised for its efforts and achievements in improving standards for both chimney sweeps and their customers.
The Guild is also a member of the 'Europaische Schornsteinfegermeister Föderation' or the European Federation of Master Chimney Sweeps (ESCHFOE). Some countries take chimney sweeping more seriously than others for example, in Germany, it is a legal requirement that chimneys are swept once a year. This has resulted in Germany having a drastically lower number of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings than the UK.
Sweeps within the UK are still not legally obliged to pursue any training or gain any qualifications in order to trade. However, for a chimney sweep to become a member of the Guild they must meet and adhere to strict criteria while also achieving the highest minimum standards in the industry.
For chimney sweeps this means that they can provide the highest level of service to their customers while having the support and experience of a national trade organisation. Many Guild members go on to gain further qualifications within the chimney sweeping industry.
For their customers, when they seek the service of a Guild Chimney Sweep, they can have the peace of mind knowing that they will be receiving an excellent standard of service and knowledge from a professionally registered person.
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Guild Trade Exhibition - Oxford Belfry, Thame on Fri 10th and Sat 11th March. - 10/03/2017
With less than two weeks until the Guild Trade Exhibition the exhibitor offers and promotions are appearing in inboxes and all over social media and online forums. Raffle prizes for the famous charity raffle are being offered and this year Stephanie Trotter, president of CO Gas Safety will be attending the dinner to accept a cheque. There are over 100 Gala dinners booked and this year for the first time we have sweeps from other associations joining us so perhaps another record may be raised (If you are a supplier and wish to donate to this very worthy cause, please get in touch with David Wooffindin 01226 242357– we’ll credit you in a variety of our publications and releases following the show and over the coming year) Stop press: The Thatch Advisory Centre will be running a Thatch Fire Safety seminar plus Q&A on Sat 11th at 10.45. Approx ½ hour.
It’s shaping up to be busy: Saturday afternoon certainly will be as over 120 Guild members have already booked their free lunch that day so if you need plenty time and space to talk to exhibitors, the mornings may be best for you. . Come along and see just what marks out The Guild Exhibition as a quality and inclusive event.
30 of the best companies and suppliers in the industry, many with great offers. There are also all the usual prize winning opportunities and competitions which are open to all. £250 for the winner of Best Van competition and now a runner up prize also – is your pride and joy good enough? There are also 2 door prizes of places on the Guild Thatch Property Sweeping course and on the combined Integrity / CCTV course, just put your business card in the top hat at the door ( a year’s free subs if won by a Guild member).
If you are thinking of joining as a member you’ll find all you need to know at the Guild stand and many of the existing members attending will be more than happy to answer questions; you can get a lot of information for the price of a beer!
Everyone is welcome at the Guild and we are looking forward to seeing you there.