BBC Interviews Investment Banker Who Decided To Invest In Something More Rewarding


Penny moved from investment banking to investing in herself with a brand that aligned with her core values.  Penny’s story is so powerful the BBC interviewed her to share what inspired the decision to run her own Creation Station Franchise.

Penny Gilbert from Oxford worked in Investment Banking before deciding  to invest in herself to create a more positive and fulfilling family and work lifestyle.   Investment bank Penny Gilbert  worked as a Reconciliations Team Manager for a well known bank.  Penny didn’t enjoy the environment she worked in and decided to look into the option of running her own franchise, where she could use her considerable skills to run her own business, but with the reassurance of a tried and tested business model. With so many franchise options available, Penny decided to look at what she enjoyed doing and used this as a guide to help her identify the type of business she was looking for.

Penny Gilbert inspire imaginations in Oxford with her own Creation Station Franchise

Penny Gilbert gave up investment banking to invest in herself and The Creation Station franchise.

Penny volunteers as a Brown Owl for Brownies and a Guide Guider for Guides. She hugely enjoys running the activities and loves working with children, so with this focus in mind, Penny explored a number of options that would enable her to run a business, maintain her own personal values and include activities that she was passionate about.   Penny came across ‘The Creation Station’, the UKs leading  childrens art and crafts experience business online. The franchise provides children’s arts and crafts classes, parties and events.

“The Creation Station immediately jumped right our at me. I couldn’t quite believe it would be possible to run a business doing what I love!” smiled Penny “Plus  I could  bring my daughter along to the classes too, which meant that I could spend more time with my daughter and reduce my childcare costs.”

Penny has taken 6 months off to have their second daughter and has just relaunched her business in July 2012.

“My life now has all the things I want, believe in and value. I absolutely love running my own award winning Creation Station Franchise. I am able to balance my home life with our newest edition and my 4.5yr old without giving up a rewarding career. By investing in brand I believe in, and in myself, I have been able to make a lifestyle choice which tick all the boxes for my family’s future.” states Penny. “Our Franchisor, Sarah Cressall is a pure inspiration as she is committed to building strong working relationships within the network and the whole head office team are dedicated and passionate about each individual Franchise Owner’s business.  This has really helped me to maximise potential opportunities, develop personally and to achieve a full return on my financial and emotional investment.”

Come along and be inspired at Pennys classes. Penny runs Baby Discovery, Little Explorers and Family Fun. Plus Penny provide hands on Arty Birthday parties and activities for events.  You can see when Penny’s classes run on her web page.

For more information you can call Penny direct on 0844 854 9083.

If you would like to find out more about running your own Creation Station franchise, contact Nicki, who looks after our franchisee recruitment on 0844 854 5061, or email You can also request your free information pack by visiting  our website.

2 responses »

  1. What a day! Such a creative class and it was lovely to have the two Alistair’s pop along to class from the BBC and Paul and Brian from the BFA to see what The Creation Station is all about and why women across the Nation are so excited about being part of a team that inspires children and their imaginations.
    Who wouldn’t live this job?!


  2. After reading Penny’s interview i feel so encouraged and confident as i have kids too and i am looking forwd to get Creations franchise too….


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