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Tumble Tots Case Study
Catherine Byrne talks about starting and running her Tumble Tots business in Gloucester and about her future goals.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established36 years
  • Current UK Coverage70%
  • Franchisee Support Staff12
  • Personal Investment Req.£7,000 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£14,000 approx
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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Catherine Byrne Runs Her Tumble Tots Business in Gloucester

Catherine Byrne talks about starting and running her Tumble Tots business in Gloucester and about her future goals.

Why did you choose franchising?

It was something I felt would fit in with my family & Tumble Tots was a franchise I was familiar with.

Tumble Tots - Catherine ByrneWhat did you do before taking up a franchise? (i.e. previous employment/occupation)

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.

How did you go about your due diligence and structure your research process? For example, did you attend a bfa workshop or seminar? Did you visit an exhibition?

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.

What in particular attracted you to your franchisor’s business?

The flexible working hours that would fit in with having 2 young children.

What training and support did/do you receive from your franchisor?

Excellent business & technical training along with marketing support. This is on-going & updated every year or before if needed. Regular meetings, workshops, training, reviews.

When did you start your franchise?


What challenges have you faced so far?

It has been a difficult time economically for all businesses so keeping things at a steady consistent level has been hard during the recession.

How has becoming a franchisee impacted upon your life in general, outside the business sphere?

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.

What advice might you give to someone considering buying a franchise?

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.

Please summarise your experience of franchising to date and your future goals

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.

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What Our Franchisees Say

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.

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.

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.

Why Choose Us

Market leading brand established over 36 years

Work with a brand to help with the development of children with physical and social skills

Experienced, knowledgeable and well qualified support team

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