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


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 short-listed for Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity


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.”


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


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.

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

National Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013 award is scooped by Sarah Cressall founder of The Creation Station


With a passion to inspire children’s imaginations and support others to run their own rewarding and flexible business, Sarah Cressall established The Creation Station and has achieved the National Entrepreneur Award 2013.

The event was hosted by the Founder of The Venus Awards, Tara Howard together with the Devon Regional Partner, Celia Delaney. The sponsors of Entrepreneur of the year were
Bisphop Flemming, a leading UK charted accountancy firm committed to providing businesses, and individual clients, with the full range of pro-active support and advice.

“I was pretty amazed to win this award. There are so many brilliant business owners out there doing really great things, so I was truly amazed and very delighted! However, I’d like to dedicate this award to a group of really amazing people and they are our Creation Station franchise owners who deliver truly inspiring experiences right across the UK.  As a team we’ve been able to help inspire over 105,000 children and families that we’ve had the privilege to meet through our classes, parties and events.

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Sarah Cressall Founder of The Creation Station wins the Venus National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Bishop Fleming.

My big thanks go to my wonderful husband Duncan,  my three boys Sam Ollie and Josh, and my very supportive team at Creative Hub. I am eternally grateful to the years of ongoing support from my very talented sister Fran Long and I have been amazed at the kindness and commitment shown by the very lovely sponsors Bishop Fleming. It couldn’t have happened without the very fabulous Celia Delaney and Tara Howard. So thank you.

I’d love to send my huge congratulations and thanks to all those who were involved in the awards and especially the fantastic runners up for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award;  Nicky McCrudden from the excellent training company McCrudden Training and Jane Dyke founder of the hugely successful nursery chain Yellow Dot Nurseries. 

Our huge congratulations goes out it to all the other winners a total inspiration to us all:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jemma Cooper – HI Therapies (Dorset)
New Business: Denise Buchan – Classis Consulting (Brighton)
Green Business: Cathy Debenham – YouGen Ltd (Devon)
Online Business: Belinda Poore – Bellacrafts (Southampton)
Small Business: Rachel Boyle – ABC Magazine (Brighton)
PA of the Year: Lisa McKenzie – Autism Wessex (Dorset)
Inspirational Woman: Christine Tebano – Parent support link (Southampton)
Home Based Business: Samantha Acton – Domestic Angels (Dorset)
Networker of the Year: Jane Hames – Glide Training Ltd (Brighton)
Lifetime Achievement: Tina Wellman-Hawke – The Dave Wellman Cancer Trust (Southampton)
High Achiever: Michelle Tatner – Dutton Gregory (Dorset)
Employee of the Year: Ebony Butler – Beales Gourmet (Dorset)
Employer of the Year: Mariam Badavi – Purity Boutique Spa Limited (Devon)
Business Mother: Emma Sheldon – Choice in care (Southampton)
Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Monica Norley – Visionary Soap Company (Brighton)
Outstanding Achiever: Tricia Walker (Dorset)

Isn’t is amazing what you can achieve with a bit of inspiration and no doubt a fair amount of perspiration too! It’s been my privilege and a  great honor to be part of this.

So for anyone thinking about pursuing their dream…  don’t hold back – if we can – you can!

Here’s to inspiring futures,


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Sarah Cressall

For more information about The Creation Station please visit ww.thecreationstation.co.uk For more information about Bishop Fleming services visit www.bishopfleming.co.ukTo find out more about the Venus award visit www.venusawards.co.uk

Sarah Cressall reaches final stage for the national Woman Of the Year Award 2012


I’ve been incredibly fortunate this week to have been shortlisted as Woman of the Year, previous winners include Karren Brady from the Apprentice and  Hilary Devey from The Dragons Den.

I’m being interviewed this week in Leamington Spa and I find out next Friday at an award ceremony in Birmingham on Friday 5th October.

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Sarah Cressall Founder of the UKs leading arts and crafts activity franchise, The Creation Station

What really great is that we are also at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on the Friday 5th and Saturday 6th so I will be able to get to the exhibition too. If you would like a complimentary ticket please email nicki@thecreationstation.co.uk for your ticket. We are running the children’s area so please feel free to bring your children and partners. If you would like to find out what has helped me to get to where I am please download my free 7 secrets signposts, the things that have helped me along my journey.

>> Sarah’s 7 secret signposts 

I think Ian, our Franchise Manager was more excited about me coming to Birmingham than reaching the finals for the award! I’m excited because it helps for my voice to be heard, in my drive for inspiring imaginations across the nation, which is a very positive outcome.

My mum and two sisters are coming to the awards. they have been a huge support and without them, or Duncan, none of this would ever have been possible.

You can find more about The Creation Station here