Catherine Byrne talks about starting and running her Tumble Tots business in Gloucester and about her future goals.
It was something I felt would fit in with my family & Tumble Tots was a franchise I was familiar with.
I had worked as a member of staff for Tumble Tots for a number of years before & before having children I was in retail management & training.
This was not really applicable to me as I already knew all about the franchise as I had been working closely with the previous franchisee.
The flexible working hours that would fit in with having 2 young children.
Excellent business & technical training along with marketing support. This is on-going & updated every year or before if needed. Regular meetings, workshops, training, reviews.
It has been a difficult time economically for all businesses so keeping things at a steady consistent level has been hard during the recession.
It has given me the flexible working opportunity to earn a living whilst still being able to look after my children in school holidays & after school. Also meeting other working parents in similar situations.
Look into all aspects of the business & talk to other Franchisees in the business, think about the amount of time you can commit to the business.
It has been a rewarding experience so far & one I am glad that I decided to take.
Things have not been easy with the economic climate as it has been recently however it has made me realise you get out what you put in & with hard work you can achieve your goals.
I have had good advice & support form Tumble Tots head office & this has enabled me to keep a strong business through tough times.
I hope to continue to grow the business over the next few years increasing numbers in existing classes & opening new ones.
Find out why Carla decided to buy a franchise and why she chose the Tumble Tots Franchise.
Tumble Tots fits in with my young family life giving me the perfect work/family balance. In the past year I have learnt a lot and have loved every minute, since September and running the centres full time I have loved every second and really enjoy my days at work and with numbers growing I feel that something is working well.
Lee and I bought Tumble Tots because we wanted a new venture and as I'd previously worked with children at a Health Club, I wanted to do more. The challenge is great but very rewarding! My days go SO fast now and we see the best of every child. I get parents that come in complaining about their jobs, and think to myself 'this is work', it’s really not like a job.
I have never doubted my decision to take on a Tumble Tots franchise. I have the best of both worlds - my own business, with the back-up of a large organisation.
Market leading brand established over 36 years
Experienced, knowledgeable and well qualified support team
Work with a brand to help with the development of children with physical and social skills