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


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.”

The Creation Station - National VOOM Final

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.

If you would like to find out more about The Creation Station franchise just click below to request your FREE franchise information pack

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


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”.

The Creation Station Franchise | Children's Creativity Business

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.

Find out more about The Creation Station Franchise, the expanding Children’s Creativity Business. Click the button below now!

Be Inspired And Unlock Your Creative Flair At The National Franchise Exhibition


The growth in franchising in the UK has increased by 46% over the past 10 years according to the BFA / Natwest survey. Like many others, if you are looking to take control of your working life and want to find out more about what a franchise is and how it could work for you, come along to the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. Opening times are Friday 19th February 10am – 5pm and Saturday 20th  February 10am – 4pm.


The Creation Station at the National Franchise Exhibition

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The UK’s leading children’s arts & crafts activity franchise, The Creation Station is running the kidszone. You are welcome to bring the children and be inspired together.

There’s lots of hands on fun to get those ideas flowing. Check out the ‘Make a Monster’ modelling competition at the kidszone. The two minute challenge involves drawing or modelling your own monster and is open to children and adults alike!

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Upload your creations to The Creation Station facebook page with #creationstation 

Children’s designs can be uploaded to The Creation Station ltd #MonsterMeHotel2 for a chance to win a ‘Hotel Tranyslvania 2’ book signed by one of the prestigious Sony animation team.

Grown up designs can be uploaded to The Creation Station ltd Facebook with #creationstation for a chance to win a £25.00 Creation Station craft hamper.

The Creation Station franchise provides hands on, educational children’s arts & crafts classes, parties and events. With the squeeze on creativity in schools, demand continues to increase for their award winning creative experiences. 97 people already run their own Creation Station franchise across the UK and in Southern Ireland. To find out if your area is available and to request an information pack click here.

Come along and chat with The Creation Station crew on stand LC50 to find out more about gaining the flexibility, success and freedom you are looking for you and for a bit of creative inspiration.
For more information about The Creation Station visit or contact Amber on: 01395 239700 or email

Creativity leads to brighter futures


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The Creation Station launches a new campaign to get the country being creative and creating a brighter future for children through fund raising for BBC Children in Need.

Simply upload a photo of a spring creation you or your child have made to The Creation Station Ltd Facebook and text ‘CREA82 £2‘ to 70070 to donate £2 to BBC Children in Need.

As a thank you, you will be in with the chance to win a weekly craft pack giveaway from The Creation Station.

Nominate two friends to do the same and share the creativity whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.

Click here to upload your creation.