Hi, I’m SJ Barker, owner of Ryedale Mumbler and also Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler.
As well as being a mum to two children, I live with a menagerie of animals – including horses, Ryeland Sheep and Giant African Land Snails – and have lived rurally most of my life.
It’s always been second nature to jump in the car and travel, but now I know my local area inside out, I know it doesn’t have to be this way – there are so many amazing things for families on our doorstep!
Previously I was an insurance risk control surveyor but when my children were born (Henry, 6 and Eliza, 4), I wanted something more flexible to fit in with family life.
Running Mumbler has been a huge change, but I’ve always been able to and happy to adapt, and I love helping families to make life easier.
Ryedale Mumbler has gone from strength so strength so when the opportunity arose to take on Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler, it made perfect sense.
Running the two sites fits in wonderfully with family life, and I am enthusiastic about helping other parents, carers and visitors find those hidden gems!
Caroline Brooks says that being a Mumbler franchisee has far exceeded her expectations.
Emily Pickard runs her Mumbler franchise in York.
Taking the leap to run Mumbler full time was a big scary decision - I'm the main breadwinner in our house so I had to make it work. Seven years later and now I can honestly say it was the best decision of my life to make that leap.Emily Pickard, York Mumbler
I have the flexibility to work around the family, allowing me to attend school events, manage any sick days, be there to pick them up from school and be their taxi service for after school activities! We love experiencing new activities as a family and Mumbler has allowed that, most of the time the kids don’t realise mummy is working as they are also having so much fun!Anna Winter, North Leeds Mumbler
I’ve had some lovely feedback from both parents and businesses. It’s especially rewarding helping new parents embarking on the journey - we’re in it together! It’s been a lot of hard work, but I work school hours or catch up around the kids’ activities. Being a Mumbler franchisee has far exceeded my expectations.Caroline Brooks, Doncaster Mumbler
High earning potential - driven entirely by your own time and abilities but supported by a close knit group of existing franchisees & Mumbler HQ.
Be a lifeline in your community – really offering something of value to all parents in your area. Create something that you’re proud of.
Hugely flexible – no set hours so work the hours that suit you and your family. No childcare costs and no commute.