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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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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 Launches New Born Creative Keepsake Classes

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The UKs leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches a new craft service for parents who want to create a range of keepsakes with the baby’s hand and footprints.

The classes are called Tiny Treasures and are the brain child of Emma Theunissen who runs her own Creation Station franchise on the Isle of Wight.

“I’ve been running my Creation Station classes, parties and events for 3 years now and when I had my little girl Mae in January, I started to create lots of crafty keepsakes. Following Mae’s arrival I really wanted to create a safe, friendly and welcoming place for new mummies to come to, to meet new friends and create wonderful keepsakes together that they would cherish forever” says Emma mum to Kai aged 5 years, Zac aged 3 years and Mae aged 3 months. “I chatted it through with our Founder Sarah Cressall who was so supportive and now we are rolling it out across our 97 franchises throughout the UK and Ireland.”

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Tiny Treasures is perfect for parents with babies from birth to 5 months. The fun interactive classes run for 90 minutes and are a relaxed way to meet other parents and to be creative, all at the same time.

Here’s an example of some of the gorgeous creations that will be able to be made and treasure at the Creation Station Tiny Treasure classes:

  • Make personalised Baby Bunting with a baby’s name and footprints
  • Create printed hand and footprint canvases with a baby to treasure their first marks
  • Frame a footprint with a beautiful deco patch wooden frame
  • Create a personalised baby hand and footprint greeting cards
  • Make 3D creative clay hand print or foot print to treasure for ever
  • Create wooden baby finger print memo holders to share with family and friends as a unique keepsake

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The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring imaginations and nurturing potential

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Creation-Station 2016 logo - RGB - for AEOver 250,000 children have been inspired by an amazing team of 97 Creation Station Franchise owners and the ‘Creative Hub’ Head Office team.

 

Mum to three, multi-award winning entrepreneur and Founder of The Creation Station says:
“I started The Creation Station back in 2002 because it seemed that creativity was being squeezed out of every part of childhood. From results-driven education, to time-poor parents, there wasn’t the opportunity for children to explore, discover and develop through creative activities.

I believed that my three children, as well as others, would benefit from hands-on fun creative activities that inspired their imagination, unlocked their natural curiosity and nurtured their potential.

I feel privileged that we’ve been able to help inspire over 250,000 children and families through our award-winning hands-on creative classes, birthday parties, after school clubs and events. I have been able to achieve this with thanks to an amazing team of Creation Station franchise owners and a great head office aka ‘Creative Hub’ team that I am fortunate to work with. Our 97 franchise owners provide the fun and educational experiences across the UK and in Southern Ireland, they all come from a wide range of backgrounds but share the same core values and want to help nurture the wonder within each child.”

Click here for a little snapshot of The Creation Station’s ‘Inspiring Imaginations’ conference and their award winning franchise owners.

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