Sarah Cressall established The Creation Station in 2002 to create a flexible family focussed business opportunity for herself. Now 10 years on Sarah Cressall supports over 55 franchise owners and has been awarded the title of Best Female Franchisor of the year at the Encouraging Women into Franchising awards.
Although many parents / carers value the educational benefits of children doing creative activities, the thought of doing arts and crafts at home can cause more than just a shudder at the thought. However, mum of three, Sarah Cressall, recognised a gap in the market for children’s educational art and craft classes. Cressall established ‘The Creation Station’ in 2002 and transformed her vision to inspire children’s imaginations into a successful reality. With over 55 Creation Station franchise owners across the UK, Cressall has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Female Franchisor in the UK.
“I am really delighted to achieve such a prestigious national award. I set up my business to support other families and carers who wanted their child to benefit from shared positive, educational art and crafts experiences. Plus I also wanted my business to work around my own family needs” reminisces Cressall “Other mums were asking me if they could run their own Creation Station. With that in mind, I spent five years 5 developing the business systems, and worked with the British Franchise Association so that it could be franchised, with everything in place to support franchise owners”
Demand for the art and crafts experiences continues to increase with over 48,000 children and families having already experienced the Creation Station art and crafts classes and attended art birthday parties. The Creation Station brand is based on nurturing each child’s own imagination and celebrates each individual journey of exploration and development.
Encouraging Women Into Franchising is an organisation whose members come from all areas within the franchising industry and include: Franchisors, Franchisees, Banks, Consultants, Accountants, Solicitors, Media Providers, Exhibition Organisers, as well as other associated businesses. The Best Female Franchisor of The Year award was sponsored by Coconut Creatives, the leading marketing specialists within the franchise sector.
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Sarah Cressall is listed in the top 100 Mumpreneurs, won the ‘Best Franchisee Marketing Support’ award 2012, ‘Best Interactive Business Award’ 2011, the Crème de la Crème business award 2012, Finalist in The Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2011 award and Business woman of the year 2009 in the Leicestershire awards.
The Creation Station inspires children’s imaginations and supports families with engaging art and crafts classes and parties for children aged 3 months to 11 years. A network of over 55 female franchise owners operate across the UK.
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