Chris Wootton is Managing Director of domestic cleaning franchise Poppies. He is also franchisee for West Lancashire and Sefton since 1996. Former IT business owner, Chris Wootton has built his franchisee to be the largest and most successful in the network over the past 25 years. After the untimely death of Poppies’ original founder, Sue Rorstad, Chris bought the Poppies brand in 2018 and returned it to its former glory. He has since developed the brand from the inside out (new systems, tech and a rebrand) using his own experience as a franchisee to ‘plug the gaps’ and relaunched the brand with the aim to double the size of the network in the next few years. Established in 1980, Poppies was the UK’s first ever cleaning franchise. The first franchise was launched in 1984 in Durham and is still operational today. There are now 22 franchisees in the network with a turnover of £5million. They currently clean over 6,000 homes per week in the UK.