Hayley Simpson has been a Tatty Bumpkin franchisee in the Bedford area since March 2013. This is her story:
I worked in private sector custodial services for over 9 years before meeting my husband during training in a Secure Training Centre for young people. I decided to have a change and left to pursue other possible careers.
I then had my little girl and at 10 weeks old we discovered Baby Bumpkin classes. She loved the multi-sensory class as she was a very alert baby and we were able to use some of the movements at home. I could see over time how the classes were aiding her development and it was a lovely social environment.
When I started to think about returning to work I wanted to do something that suited me and also fit in with family life so I looked further into Tatty Bumpkin teaching and franchises. A Tatty Bumpkin franchise was perfect for me, it was active, fun and a challenge to run my own business. I participated in a discovery day and the more information I received the more excited I was about my new venture. Within a month I was pushing myself to do things I had never done before, researching the area and writing a business plan.
For the last year I have been running Tatty Bumpkin Bedford and although it is hard work I am exceeding my monthly targets and doing really well in areas that are new to the network. This has led to me working with head office to demonstrate my classes and ideas so they can formalise programmes in these areas as well as being invited to talk at the annual conference this year. One of my biggest achievements this year is being a finalist and winner in the Natwest EWIF Awards under the category New Franchisee of the Year 2014.
The classes are so unique it is easy to be passionate when telling other people about Tatty Bumpkin. The nurseries and schools I have visited love the idea and the products, made by a fair trade co-operative. The children get so much from the classes emotionally and physically.
The advice from other franchisees and the training and support from head office team have helped me to feel confident and in turn I have been able to help and support new franchisees. I would recommend teaching or taking on a franchise to anyone looking for a rewarding, fun job.