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Run your own fun and flexible five star rated child’s activity business in 2017

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New Year gives you the perfect time to reflect on not just what to give up – but what you really want in your life.  Increasingly more people are making the decision to have more control over their working hours and to do something that’s both fulfilling and financially rewarding.

The Creation Station franchise opportunity provides a tried and tested business model that is already giving 104  people the flexibility and rewards they want.

I’m so pleased I made the decision to run my own Creation Station over 6 years ago. It’s given me total control over my working hours with a great income and to be there for my girls. I was in banking before and so it was a big step for me – I like to weigh up all the pros cons and make very careful decisions. The Creation Station head office team are fantastic and really supportive.  There are so many revenue streams with lots of potential and my business keeps getting better and better.  I feel I’ve joined an extended family as I’m part of a wonderful team who support and help each other with all sorts of things! I’m grateful for the flexibility I’ve had over the last 6 years and as my girls grow I’m excited about our future too”.

Lisa Hagg

 Key facts about The Creation Station

  • Rated Five star by their franchise owners In an independent franchisee satisfaction survey
  • Rated Five Star on Trustpilot for their classes parties and events by customers
  • Gained the award for Continuous Improvement
  • Top three out of 5000 companies in Richard Branson’s Positive Impact on Society

Established in 2002, The Creation Station is the marker leader for inspiring imagination through fun and educational arts and crafts classes, parties and events.  Due to increasing demand for children’s creative activities, The Creation Station is looking for pro-active and friendly people to join their growing team of successful franchise owners.

If you are looking to make 2017 the year that puts you in control of your working hours and gives you both fulfilment and financial returns on your effort – then request an information pack today.

It could be just what you are looking for.

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Creation Station Scoops 5 Star Satisfaction Award And Best Improvement Award 2016

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At The Best Franchise Awards ran by Smith & Henderson and sponsored by RBS, The Creation Station scooped two prestigious awards, the 5 Star satisfaction award and the  Award For Continuous Improvement.

The 5 Star Satisfaction award is based on an independent and anonymous survey of The  Creation Station franchise owners. The Creation Station’s commitment to regular and on-going developments gained them the Continuous Improvement Award.

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Sarah Cressall Managing Director and Founder of Creation Station said,

“I am thrilled to have gained both awards. I understand the importance of listening and responding to our team of Franchise owners and striving to exceed our customer expectations as well as maximizing new business opportunities. We now inspire over 12,500 children and families per week through our classes, parties and events and we couldn’t do this with our great team of franchise owners and our Creative Hub head office team. My thanks go to all our franchise owners, our head office team and the team at Smith and Henderson for their on-going support to help us all make a positive difference to others.”

The Best Franchise Awards sponsored by RBS,  are unique because they based on the satisfaction of current franchisees.  Franchisees are asked to rate their franchisor on everything from training and support, to shared goals and how the experience of being a franchisee has compared with their expectations. This genuine recommendation by existing franchisees is a powerful marketing tool for winners, as it demonstrates a genuine testimonial from people living and working within their brand every day.

Steven Frost, CEO of Smith and Henderson said,

“We would like to congratulate The Creation Station on gaining these two prestigious awards.  What makes these awards unique is they are based on feedback from the real experts, thousands of actual franchisees. 2016 had a record number of entries into the awards with the winners recording record levels of franchisee satisfaction.”

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For more information about The Creation Station  visit www.thecreationstation.co.ukk or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creation Station Gains Gold Standard for Compliance with the Children’s Activity Association

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Ensuring high standards in safety, quality, delivery, and programme development is fundamental to The Creation Station Ltd. Its commitment to ensuring high standards are maintained, has gained it the prestigious Gold accreditation standard in the Children’s Activity Association.

As the leading children’s arts and crafts creative activity company, The Creation Station delivers all its experiences to a professional code of conduct.

“Our high standards are essential to provide children with fun, safe, and enjoyable opportunities to explore, discover and develop and to give parents peace of mind for their child,” states Sarah Cressall, Founder, and Managing Director of The Creation Station.

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To ensure standards are met and maintained, Creation Station franchise owners undertake a five-day training course, covering operational, marketing and business modules including practical hands-on experience of running the activities, health and safety, customer care, marketing, and sales.

  • The focus of all the activities is not on ‘what we make’ but ‘how we make people feel’. The customer service approach is therefore focussed on helping each child explore, discover and develop in a way that sparks their natural curiosity at a rate and pace that suits them.
  • All the activities are comprehensively documented and checked by health and safety experts.

Feedback and reviews take place weekly with updates being incorporated when required. This ensures any changes or new information can be quickly acted upon and communicated to the team via email, video, or phone calls.

  • All products used in the activities are sourced from The Creation Station central warehouse or from nominated suppliers. This ensures that appropriate products are being use in the classes, parties, and events and the correct health and safety data sheets are available and allergen warnings are available.
  • During the pre-school, Little Explorer, and Baby Discover classes washable Crayola paint is used and full body splashsuits are provided for children, to make washing hands at the end easier for parents.
  • The programme is developed in line with the government Early Years Foundation Stage and helps to build a wide range of essential life skills including colour, texture and shape recognition, fine motor skills, social skills, problem-solving, and confidence building.73creationstation160426matt-austin

Since 2002, over 250,000 children and families have been involved in a Creation Station arts and crafts activity. Activities have been rated five stars on Trustpilot and in an independent franchise satisfaction survey, The Creation Station franchise was rated five stars.

The Children’s Activity Association gives parents a benchmark for all organised children’s activities by establishing and improving consistent standards and accreditation.

To achieve Gold accreditation membership, companies must complete five accreditation modules covering compliance, training, customer service, programme, and delivery. All policies are checked (including evidence) by the independent accrediting organisation, Fundamentally Children led by Dr Amanda Gummer PhD. This is a significant achievement and the only independent accreditation for children’s activities in the UK.

For more information about The Creation Station visit  www.thecreationstation.co.uk or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk. For more information about The Children’s Activity Association visit http://www.childrensactivitiesassociation.org/

New creative classes and clubs for children launch in over eight hundred locations nationwide

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The UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches new pre-school and after-school clubs, across the country.

The hands-on, exploratory programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum EYFS. Each class is designed to support the individual child’s journey of discovery, through a wide range of different materials and tools, every week.

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Rebecca White, on the independent Trust Pilot review site, stated:
“We have been coming along to the art sessions since my little girl was 2 and I wish we had known about it when she was even younger, as babies can do it too. This is truly one of the best activity classes you can do for your child. They get to explore, create and learn – all at the same time. There is paint, glitter, foam pieces, sequins and glue. Basically, all the things children want to play with. And no need to worry about the mess. They provide full overall suits that cover them from head to toe and they provide water and cloths to wash those sticky hands and feet afterwards, so mums can breathe a sigh of relief. Every week is a different theme, so they don’t get bored doing the same thing, and you get to take your creations home. It is such a wonderful class I cannot recommend it enough.”

The classes have a five-star rating on Trust Pilot, from two hundred and eighty-eight reviews.  They are delivered nationwide by a team of DBS checked, first-aid trained, and safeguarding-trained Creation Station franchise owners. The classes:

Baby Discover Classes (weekly)

  • Baby Discover classes, for parents and carers of 6-15 month old babies. Designed to help babies explore and discover their world through safe, tried and tested hands-on and toes-on creative activities.

Little Explorer Classes (weekly)

  • Little Explorer classes, for parents or carers with their 16 months to five-year-old child. The classes support children to explore materials and concepts, discover new techniques, ideas, and develop skills and confidence.
  • Pre-school classes are called ‘Scrunchy, Crunchy, Bumpy – hands-on discovery’. They include activities exploring scrunchy and crunchy, squishy and squashy and slippery and slimy textures. Activities include creating see-through moveable pictures, mobiles, puppets, and clay creations.

Create Clubs (weekly, after-school and holidays)

  • Create Clubs provide nurturing, creative, fun after-school activities. They are designed to support the child’s exploration, develop their ideas, discover techniques, and grow their confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills. This term’s theme is the Art of Science and includes examining reflections, optical illusions and the solar system.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station Ltd, said:
“I’m delighted that since 2002 we have been able to help inspire over 250,000 children and families through classes, clubs and parties. We are passionate about helping to bring creativity back into childhood, to help unlock their unique potential.  We work in partnership with lots of schools as well as local councils and family friendly companies who want to extend their range of services and bring families into their venue. I’m really grateful to all our partners, franchise owners and parents who help to inspire children’s imaginations.”

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Fifteen mums launch their own children’s arts and crafts Creation Station franchise in August 2016

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With the growing demand for more creativity in childhood, fifteen mums have chosen to change their careers and run their own arts and crafts Creation Station franchise.

Now 104 women and men are running their own Creation Station franchise with their own exclusive territory across the UK. The franchise opportunity provides a comprehensive marketing mix of all year round income streams including preschool and family fun classes, after school clubs, retail, party and event entertainment.

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Liz Edwards says:
“I wanted to replace my full-time salary and do something that I really enjoyed. When I came across The Creation Station I could instantly see the potential. Their values are all about making a difference, and that’s really important to me.  Training has been awesome! It’s given me the knowledge, confidence and skills to start my business straight away. From the team at Creative Hub to other fellow franchisees I feel I’ve joined a really supportive family, it’s a great feeling”.

People are attracted to the Creation Station because it also offers a flexible business opportunity that can be tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of each franchise owner.

Farah Wahed explains:
“I’d attended the classes with my own children and so I had first hand experience of the benefits of the Creation Station approach on nurturing my childrens imagination and potential.  I reached a point in my career where I wanted to have more control over my working week so I could prioritise time with my children and at the same time build a business was that mine. The Creation Station has so much scope I know I have the potential and support to build my business at a rate that suits me and my family.”

The fifteen new Creation Station franchise owners are inspiring imaginations in the following locations:

  • Liz Edwards is running Creation Station Sleaford
  • Sharon Keirle is running Creation Station Cranbrook and Exminster
  • Julia Martin is running Creation Station Bicester
  • Joanna Cameron is running Creation Station Lancaster
  • Christina Turnbull is running Creation Station Gateshead
  • Catherine Scott is running Creation Station Chester
  • Louisa Theyers is running Creation Station Spondon
  • Rachel McLauchlin is running Creation Station South Shields
  • Tina Harris is running Creation Station Greasby
  • Paula Martin-King is running Creation Station Sunderland West
  • Farah Wahed is running Creation Station North Finchley
  • Victoria Rundle is running Creation Station Malborough
  • Cheryl O’Connor is running Creation Station Ormskirk
  • Kay Fletcher is running Creation Station Belper
  • Laurie Keating is running Creation Station Shirley –West Midlands

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Lisa Hagg celebrates her 6th successful year with her own Creation Station Franchise

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I am delighted to be celebrating my 6th successful year running my own Creation Station franchise. My business keeps getting better and better. Here are just some of my highlights for 2016 so far…

*I have helped to inspire over 1,600 children in Bournemouth, just within the last 6 months alone. Bookings have reached an all-time record with regular contracts and waiting lists for my classes and we’re only half way through the year.

* My business has grown to an exciting new level. I have a successful team of great staff who run many of the classes and parties. Due to demand I am able to take advantage of the head office business developments and I am launching into after-school clubs and adult classes.

*I am making full use of the 5 star customer rating we have on Trustpilot as a national company. I am also making use of the extensive social media content that is created and provided by our Creative Hub head office, for me to share.

* I have strong brand presence in the area and this is supported by the fact we can gain contracts to run the Kidszones at the local family festivals. I’ve been working closely with a Bournemouth based event company which is leading to further contracts and partnerships within my community.

* By promoting our national monthly prize draw that ‘Creative Hub’ Head Office run every month, I’ve boosted my growing database to cross sell my services.

* My income has doubled in the last year alone and I can see my business continuing to thrive as we connect and help with so many children, parents, grandparents, local businesses, family focused and educational organizations.

Lisa Hagg

The Creation Station brand has just gone from strength to strength and is all about inspiring imaginations and nurturing potential. It’s wonderful to be part of such a positive and dynamic team.

I love being able to chose what I do and to be in control of my working hours. I also have the time I want to have with my girls, I choose the hours I work and our head office team support me to achieve what I want out of running my own business.

It’s definitely a different path to my years in banking and I feel very fortunate and proud of the work I do now. It was the right decision to take time out to reflect on what I really wanted back in 2010. Making the decision to have more fulfillment and control over my working life means that as well as now running my own rewarding and profitable business, I have been there for my girls.

I’ve grown in so many ways in the last six years. I’ve made so many new friends and had so much fun running my business. I’m really looking forward to seeing what exciting things 2017 holds for me, my family and my business.

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“I went from investment banking to investing in myself and my future”

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“I wasn’t really enjoying my work for an investment bank so I decided to look into the options of running my own franchise.  I wanted to use my skills to run my own business, and also benefit from the reassurance of a tried and tested business model. With so many franchise options available I decided to look at what I enjoyed doing and use this as a guide to help identify the type of opportunity that would work best for me.

Nicki 035As a volunteer in Brownies and Guides I’ve always loved running activities and working with children, so this seemed like a good place to start. I explored a number of franchise options that would enable me to maintain my own personal values and fit within my family commitments.

I came across ‘The Creation Station’ online and it immediately jumped right out at me. I couldn’t quite believe that it would really be possible to run a business doing what I love! I could also bring my daughter along to the classes too and have much more time with her. This all added up to reduced childcare costs, more time with my daughter and doing something I loved with lots of great support! It just seemed to have my name written all over it!

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Smiles of Success: Penny picks up the award of ‘Best Franchise Owner of the Year 2016’

Smiles of success: Penny picks up the award of Best Franchise Owner of the Year 2016

 

That was 5 years ago, I’ve since had our second daughter and I took 6 months off. The team at Head. Office have really supported me though my journey which even includes me speaking on BBC Oxford radio.I was thrilled to be awarded the prestigious title of Best Franchise Owner of the Year in the2016 awards from of our team of 97 franchisees.

 My life now has all the things I want, believe in and all that value. I absolutely love running my own award winning Creation Station franchise. I am able to balance my home life with our youngest and my 8yr old without giving up my rewarding business. By investing in a brand I believe in and investing in myself, I have been able to make a lifestyle choice that ticks all the boxes for my family’s future. Our Founder, Sarah Cressall is a pure inspiration as she is committed to building strong working relationships within the network and the whole of the head office team are just as dedicated and passionate about each individual Franchise Owner’s business. This has really helped me to maximize potential opportunities, develop personally and to help me be in control of my working life and be there for my family commitments”

 

If Penny’s story has inspired you to consider running your own successful Creation Station franchise then request your free information pack.

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Fun facts about Penny

 

Tell us about a challenge you have overcome.

“I recently completed the London Marathon 2016 which was amazing!”

What is your favourite food?

“Ooh…Chinese!”

 

What makes you smile the most?

“Children”

 

What would be your ideal day?

“I’d say a spa morning, drinking bubbles, lunch with my nearest and dearest and then partying the night away with friends”

 

What is your favourite book?

“The Davinci Code”

 

What do you love most about working with The Creation Station?

“Support from Head Office, the network…and glitter!” 

 

What do you really dislike?

“Rude people”