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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 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.

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 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.

If you would like to find out about the award winning Creation Station franchise just click below to request your FREE franchise information pack

New creative franchise set to inspire the UK with art and crafts clubs for people aged 5 years old to 99 years old.

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New creative franchise set to inspire the UK with art and crafts clubs for people aged 5 years old to 99 years old.

A new arts and crafts creative franchise called Create Club, launched by The Creation Station is taking the UK by storm. Create Club has been developed to inspire minds, with creative and fun experiences activities, for children aged 5 years and adults aged up to 99

Developed by award winning entrepreneur and founder of The Creation Station Sarah Cressall  to meet the increasing demand for creative experience.

Sarah Cressall, the Founder and Managing Director of Create Club and The Creation Station said “We were being inundated with enquries
for additional arts and crafts activities for 5 years and upwards. So, we developed
the Create Club franchise and within four weeks eight franchises were up and
running their own successful business. It’s been so successful we are now
looking for people who share our values to inspire imaginations and who want to
run their own successful  Create Club franchise”

With over 100,000 families already inspired by The Creation Station weekly classes, parties and events, Create Club is set to become the UK leading creative  provider for after school clubs, Saturday clubs and holiday clubs. Create Club also provides bespoke clubs for special needs groups and the elderly.

Hayley Sugden who
runs the Leeds Create Club said “I have children, parents and teachers raving
about my Create Clubs. My after school clubs fills within twenty four hours of launching
the new programme with repeat pre-paid termly bookings. I am now already looking
to develop my staff so I can take a more management role.”

To find out about more about the Create Club and
the franchise opportunity visit www.createclub.co.uk
or call Maggie Seager on 01395 239700 or email maggie@createclub.co.uk

About Us.

First and foremost, we are PASSIONATE about nurturing creativity!

What does that mean for us? Well, we love having fun with different materials – paint, glue and, of course, a bit of glitter – but we also believe that being creative is about experimenting, playing and just seeing what happens.

Giving expression to your own imagination in a group setting provides lots of benefits. It helps young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe, pretend, problem solve, as well as play and interact with others.

The Creation Station isn’t simply about learning how to paint, model or collage along the lines of “Here’s one we did earlier”. It’s all about having a go, being inspired by something quite simple and encouraging each person to develop their own ideas. It’s amazing seeing that happen and it also gives you a huge boost of confidence when your ideas are taken seriously – no matter how old you are!

The Creation Station is the first and most
successful children’s art and crafts activity business in the UK  and provided the interactive kidszone at Hype
park for the Olympics . Committed to inspire children’s imaginations and
support families with engaging art and crafts classes, parties and events for
children aged 3 months to 11 years. These are delivered by  network of over 65 franchise owners operate
across the UK.

Due to demand  Create club was launched in 2012 to provide after
school Saturday and holiday clubs and bespoke clubs for adults and the elderly.
Currently there are 9 Create Clubs running across the U.K.

Founded by mum to three Sarah Cressall in
2002. Sarah gained the title of female franchisor of the Year and is listed in
the top 100 Mumprenuer, The Creation Station won the ‘Best Franchisee Marketing
Support’ award 2012, ‘Best Interactive Business Award’ 2011, the Crème de la
Crème business award 2012, Finalist in The Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2011
award and Business woman of the year 2009 in the Leicestershire awards.