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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 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/

The Creation Station Beats 5000 others and to Reach National VOOM Final

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The Creation Station has beaten 5000 other businesses to make it through to VOOM 2016. The 10 Impact award semi-finalists made their pitches to a panel of expert judges, and it can be officially announced The Creation Station with the Head Office in Devon has made it through to the final three. This means they are still in with a chance of winning the trip of a lifetime alongside the world’s leading social businesses, during an all expenses paid trip to Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island.

The Creation Station has beaten over 5,000 other businesses to make it through to this year’s Impact award final and the winner is set to be announced ahead of the national VOOM final 28th June.

Presented by Virgin’s charitable foundation Virgin Unite the Impact Award is a specially designated category which will be presented to a business which measures impact as well as profit; finds a solution or environmental need; has a viable and Vooms impactfinancially stable business model and has impact at the core of its business.

Holly Branson, Chair of Virgin Unite said:
“It is inspiring and incredible to see so many new and established businesses which have Impact at their core. The attitudes of business are changing, profit is no longer the solitary benchmark for success – more and more I’m seeing businesses who are putting their people, the environment and social responsibility at the very heart of their business. I wish each of the three finalists the best of luck – they’re all fantastic!”

The three finalists are Paint 360 from Norwich, MacRebur from Dumfries, Scotland and The Creation Station with 97 franchises across the UK. The Creation Station is a company which has impact at the core of its business – the company is passionate about nurturing children’s creativity.

Since it’s inception in 2002 the business has gone from success to success thanks to the hard work of its colleague base and founder Sarah Cressall – developing the business from one location growing it so it’s now in 97 locations across the UK.

Sarah is a mum of three and was looking for ways to inspire her children’s creative side and encourage discovery through their unique creative potential. The Creation Station was born and their aim is to help young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe and problem solve.
The judges were blown away by Sarah’s passionate pitch which showed she had the vision and ambition to scale her already well established company.

Anna Jones, Entrepreneurship Director for Virgin Unite and Judge for Impact Award said:
“It’s clear Creation Station has empowered hundreds of women in the UK to establish microbusinesses through its franchise model, whilst offering a product that creates the perfect environment for families to spend time with their children in creative play. I wish Creation Station and the other finalists the best of luck in the final – they’ve raised the bar and we’re all now so excited for the final!”

And the prize awaiting the eventual winner is almost so good it’s priceless! The winning business will get an all-expense paid trip to Necker Island for a four-day Leadership Gathering taking place in 2017 called ‘Disrupting for Good’, six hours of dedicated mentoring and workshops with Virgin Unite and the opportunity to pitch to the Virgin Impact team for investment.

Sarah Cressall, The Creation Station said:
“I’m absolutely over the moon to have reached the top three in this prestigious Impact award. At Creation Station we are really passionate about nurturing children’s creativity and unlocking potential through art and crafts experiences. I’m particularly proud of all our franchise owners and our Creative Head Office team who deliver our brand values through our art and crafts preschool classes, parties, clubs and events right across the UK.  What has been really inspiring is seeing the calibre of great businesses in the UK who are creating change through ideas and innovation. I feel hugely privileged to have reached this stage in the competition. I’d like to thank all the children, families and businesses we have had the pleasure of working with and also to thank Richard Branson and the teams at Virgin who have helped us raise the profile of the importance of creativity in childhood. And finally my wonderful husband Duncan and three boys Sam, Ollie and Josh without whom I would never have started this inspiring business.”

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The three finalists will all be invited to the VOOM Live Finale at ITV studios in London on 28th June. Before the Live Finale, they will each take part in in-depth phone calls with the judges in order to decide the winner, announced at event and which will see the national VOOM finalists pitch to Sir Richard Branson, Tyra Banks and some other incredible judges.

Creation Station are entered into Virgin’s Peoples Choice Award which is based on public voting. If Creation Station win they have pledged to invest the £10,000 prize into free local community creative workshops for children and families in need across the UK.

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The Creation Station Reaches The Number 1 Spot On #VOOM 2016

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To ‘Bring Creativity Back Into Childhood’

The UK’s leading children’s creativity activity company has entered the Pitch To Richard Branson competition called #VOOM 2016, under the growth category, to help bring creativity back into childhood. In just four days The Creation Station has reached the number one position through public votes.

“We are passionate about boosting children’s confidence and unlocking their potential through discovery based arts and crafts.” smiles Sarah Cressall, proud mum to three and Founder of The Creation Station “Sadly creativity is being squeezed out of childhood and that’s why we have entered this competition. I’m so grateful to the public who have voted to help us make creativity matter in our society, but we still need votes to help us stay in the number 1 position”.

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The Pitch to Rich competition is called #VOOM 2016 the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitching competition, from Virgin Media Business. There’s £1 million (€1.2 million) in prizes and the chance to pitch to Richard Branson. Public voting is open until 9th May 2016.

The Creation Station has already inspired over 250,000 children and families with their award winning art and craft classes, parties, clubs, events and products. They have ambitious growth plans for 2020 to help inspire the nation’s imagination.

If you believe more children should have the opportunity to unleash their creative spirit so they can dream, believe and achieve, please show your support by voting for The Creation Station pitch.

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The Creation Station short-listed for Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity

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The UK’s leading children’s art and crafts activity franchise, The Creation Station, has been short-listed for Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity.

The awards, run by ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones’, are open to the very best activities, classes, days out and party providers for young families and children across the UK.

“I am delighted that our weekly Little Explorer classes have reached the finals for Best Pre-School Development Activity Award. Our educational programme is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage and actively supports each child’s cognitive development to help them explore, discover and develop” smiles Sarah Cressall, Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station. “As well as the educational benefits, the classes are great fun for parents too, and are a wonderful way make new friends and create treasured memories with your little one.”

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The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring children’s imaginations with fun, friendly, creative, hands-on experiences. Since 2002, over 250,000 children and families have been inspired through the fun experiences, and there are now 97 franchise owners across the UK with weekly classes in over 350 locations.

To find out more about The Creation Station franchise just click below to request your FREE franchise information pack

Finalists announced for The Creation Station Franchisee of the Year 2016

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Franchise owners from across the UK are gathering in Birmingham on Saturday 6th February for the ‘Release The Creation Station Magic’ 14th annual conference.

The day will deliver many magical moments including an inspirational talk from a surprise guest speaker and advice on how every franchise owner can develop and grow their inspiring business. Highlights of the day include the interactive shared best practice called ‘Pearls of Wisdom’, the launch of some new and exciting initiatives and the Best Franchise Awards.Capture

Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director said:

“The number of
entrants for the Best Franchise Awards has been greater than ever. We have a positive and inspiring network who are proactively helping parents and organizations to inspire children imaginations and nurture creativity.”

There are a range of award categories: Franchisee of the Year 2016, Best New Franchisee 2016 and The People’s Choice Award, Best Member of Staff, Best Can Do Attitude and Best Retailer.

The following Creation Station franchise owners have been shortlisted for Franchisee of the Year:

  • Sue Hammond from Bristol
  • Kirsty Hickson operating in Driffield
  • Jenny Farmer from Newton Abbot
  • Nicki Smith who runs the Creation Station in Bath
  • Melanie Dawson from Wimbledon
  • Penny Gilbert from Oxford
  • Claire Darnley operating in Halesowen
  • Ruth Morris from Aberdeen

The following Creation Station franchise owners have been shortlisted for the Best New Franchisee:

  • Alex Chaundy from Eastbourne
  • Jann Thorpe who inspires imaginations in Macclesfield
  • Rebecca Dickinson from Faversham
  • Kirstie Ireland who runs the Creation Station in the Orkney Islands
  • Rebecca Wootton from Ash

The short list for the People’s Choice award as voted for by the Creation Station network of franchise owners are:

  • Sara le Roux
  • Kevin Kerridge
  • Emma Theunissen
  • Kirsty Hickson
  • Penny Gilbert
  • Sue Hammond
  • Nicole Norman

These members of the network have all gone above and beyond, lending valuable help and support to their fellow franchise owners.

The nominees for the Best Can Do Attitude are:

  • Jenny Farmer
  • Louise Richardson
  • Suzie Smith
  • Claire Darnley
  • Tracey Pennell
  • Ruth Longrigg

These members have all dealt with challenges that arise in the world of business with a fantastic and inspiring attitude.

The winners of the above awards and for Best Member of Staff and Best Retailer, will be announced at the award ceremony at 3.30pm at the ‘Release The Creation Station Magic’ conference. Huge congratulations to all those shortlisted for reaching the final stage of this prestigious award.

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