A marketing expert from Huddersfield has gone from boardroom to sweeping broom.

After more than two decades crafting successful marketing campaigns for renowned brands such as TUI, Auto Trader, Sue Ryder and the BBC, Gary Walker, 42, has launched a new career – as a chimney sweep.

Fixby-based Gary hopes to clean up with his chimney sweep and stove maintenance business called Swept.

With a wealth of experience in the world of direct marketing, Gary brings his customer-centric approach to a time-honoured profession – chimney sweeping.

Gary said: “I’ve had an incredible journey in direct marketing, working with some fantastic brands and creative teams.

“Now I’m excited to adopt a different approach to my working life in an area I’m extremely interested in. I’ve possessed an interest in the domestic solid fuel industry for a number of years, and successfully co-founded solid fuel company GD Logs whilst living in the North East over 10 years ago. GD Logs now boasts over 4,000 domestic customers and a recently opened retail store.”

Serving the communities of Huddersfield, Brighouse, Elland, Halifax and surrounding areas, Swept will offer a range of services, including chimney inspections, cleaning, maintenance and repairs.

Gary has undergone rigorous HETAS training to earn his accreditation and was the first sweep in the UK to pass the H011 Sweep & Service Technician course.

HETAS provide industry-leading training to increase the safe and environmentally responsible use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies. This ensures that Swept adheres to the highest industry standards and safety practices.

For more information about Swept visit www.getswept.co.uk or contact Gary directly on 07918 592288.