Hayley Simpson tells us about the decisions she made before starting her Tatty Bumpkin business, in Bedford, March 2013. Hayley has gone on to win the EWIF (Encouraging women into franchising) award for Best New Franchisee in 2014.
Hayley Simpson tells us about the decisions she made before starting her Tatty Bumpkin business, in Bedford, March 2013.
My Tatty Bumpkin journey started when I needed to consider returning to work. I had left a career behind me that I didn’t want to go back to so had to find something new.
My daughter was about 6 months old when I started looking. I wanted to be challenged, but still work around family. We had been going to local Baby Bumpkin classes and when I looked at the website I realised Tatty Bumpkin was a franchise, this was something I could do!
I loved the idea of running my own business, but anxious as I'd never done anything like this before, so I went to a Discovery Day. Following the fun and informative session, I decided to go to the next stage which is to research and fill in a business plan template.
I suddenly felt very empowered, after months of not using my brain it felt great to be doing something for me that would also benefit my family.
Unfortunately I hit a stumbling block when it came to funding the franchise. I was so disappointed but I had to find something I could do now.
It was so hard to find anything I really felt excited about. Finally I applied to Mothercare (reluctantly) and was offered the role. I got all the way to the initial training but when I sat down with the Manager and really looked at the shifts there was no way I could do the job, I would never see my family and we just couldn’t afford the childcare on that wage.
After a couple of months of shear determination and family support, I managed to fund the Franchise with a bank loan specifically for franchises. It is the best decision I made, I spend time with my daughter and husband and I can work around everyone's routines.
A franchise offered me a support network that I wouldn’t have had alone, this has helped considerably. Most of all I have been able to achieve something for myself and contribute to my family. And in the photo above, you can see me winning the EWIF (Encouraging women into franchising) award for Best New Franchisee!!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that in my first year I earned in excess of £15,000 for my flexible business, which exceeded my dreams!
Vicki Weinberg started her Tatty Bumpkin business in March 2014
3rd June 2016
Vicki Weinberg talks about her decision to start her Tatty Bumpkin business in Sevenoaks in March 2014.
Sam Richardson has been running her Tatty Bumpkin business since January 2014
27th May 2016
Sam Richardson talks to us about her Tatty Bumpkin business in Rutland which she has been running since January 2014.
Krishna Chaudhuri has been running her Tatty Bumpkin business since September 2014
20th May 2016
After attending a Discovery Day Krishna Chaudhuri started running Tatty Bumpkin Notting Hill in September 2014.
Bita Nafissi has been running her Tatty Bumpkin business since September 2014
13th May 2016
Bita Nafissi tells us about her decision to start her Tatty Bumpkin business in Hampstead in September 2014.
Tatty Bumpkin gives me the freedom to have fun all day doing something that I am totally passionate about whilst still being a totally present mummy for my daughters. And I also get paid really well for it! I have never felt luckier x I love the supportive women helping women to achieve their goals that our Head Office promotes. I wake up feeling lucky every morning.