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Creation Station Scoops 5 Star Satisfaction Award And Best Improvement Award 2016


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.


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.”

To request a free information pack about running your own franchise click here.

For more information about The Creation Station  visit www.thecreationstation.co.ukk or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk.







Lisa Hagg celebrates her 6th successful year with her own Creation Station Franchise




Lisa Hagg

I am delighted to be celebrating my 6th successful year running my own Creation Station franchise. My business keeps getting better and better. Here are just some of my highlights for 2016 so far…

*I have helped to inspire over 1,600 children in Bournemouth, just within the last 6 months alone. Bookings have reached an all-time record with regular contracts and waiting lists for my classes and we’re only half way through the year.

* My business has grown to an exciting new level. I have a successful team of great staff who run many of the classes and parties. Due to demand I am able to take advantage of the head office business developments and I am launching into after-school clubs and adult classes.

*I am making full use of the 5 star customer rating we have on Trustpilot as a national company. I am also making use of the extensive social media content that is created and provided by our Creative Hub head office, for me to share.

* I have strong brand presence in the area and this is supported by the fact we can gain contracts to run the Kidszones at the local family festivals. I’ve been working closely with a Bournemouth based event company which is leading to further contracts and partnerships within my community.

* By promoting our national monthly prize draw that ‘Creative Hub’ Head Office run every month, I’ve boosted my growing database to cross sell my services.

* My income has doubled in the last year alone and I can see my business continuing to thrive as we connect and help with so many children, parents, grandparents, local businesses, family focused and educational organizations.

Lisa Hagg

The Creation Station brand has just gone from strength to strength and is all about inspiring imaginations and nurturing potential. It’s wonderful to be part of such a positive and dynamic team.

I love being able to chose what I do and to be in control of my working hours. I also have the time I want to have with my girls, I choose the hours I work and our head office team support me to achieve what I want out of running my own business.

It’s definitely a different path to my years in banking and I feel very fortunate and proud of the work I do now. It was the right decision to take time out to reflect on what I really wanted back in 2010. Making the decision to have more fulfillment and control over my working life means that as well as now running my own rewarding and profitable business, I have been there for my girls.

I’ve grown in so many ways in the last six years. I’ve made so many new friends and had so much fun running my business. I’m really looking forward to seeing what exciting things 2017 holds for me, my family and my business.

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The Creation Station Voted By Parents For National Award



CaptureCreation Station is short listed as ‘Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity’ as voted for by parents.
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.”  cslogo

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 help put creativity on the map and to vote for The Creation Station, please visit What’s On 4 Little Ones and select Creation Station from the drop down menu under:

>> Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity for 2 – 5 years olds.

To find out more about fun and creative baby and toddler development activities visit The Creation Station or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk

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 www.thecreationstation.co.uk or contact Amber on: 01395 239700 or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk.cslogo

Winners Of The Best Creation Station Franchise Awards Announced At The 14th Annual Inspiring Imaginations Conference.


The Creation Station Franchisees

Franchise owners from across the UK gathered at The Arden Hotel for the 14th annual Creation Station national franchise conference. The day provided all franchise owners the opportunity to network, and discover new developments, innovations and product launches from Creative Hub head quarters, at Inspiration House, Woodbury, Devon.

“Our franchise conference is by far the best day of our year” smiles Fran Long, The Creation Station dedicated franchise support manager. “Our network has a really strong family and community feel, so when we get together it’s a hugely positive and supportive day.”


Ruth Churchill Dower Our Inspirational Guest Speaker

The conference included the inspirational guest speaker, Ruth Churchill Dower Director of Earlyarts. Ruth delivered an engaging session on the science and benefits of creativity. There were also ‘Pearls Of Wisdom’ sessions delivered by franchise owners to share their top tips with the network.

Every year franchise owners who have contributed to their community or made significant developments in their business are recognized at The Creation Station Best Franchise Awards.

“Our franchise owners make such positive contributions to their local community and really help children and families to be creative and have fun together” said Sarah Cressall, Founder and Managing Director. ”I am really proud of the differences our network are making, so judging the awards is really tough. Each year our franchise owners are becoming more and more successful and the calibre is really high.”


Franchisees Celebrating The 14th Annual Conference

The following awards were presented;


  • The prestigious title of the “Best Franchisee of the Year 2016” was awarded to Penny Gilbert from Oxford for delivering the core values with such passion to her local community.
  • The prestigious title of “Best New Franchisee of the Year 2016” was awarded to Jann Thorpe from Manchester for a phenomenal first year.
  • The prestigious title of “The People’s Choice Award” chosen by the network was awarded to Kevin Kerridge from North West Leicester for the second year.
  • Additional awards were given out for outstanding actions, these included;“Best Member of Staff” was awarded to Melanie Anstee, who works for Louise Richardson in Fareham.
  • “Best Retailer” was awarded to Rebecca Dickinson from Faversham.
  • “Best Can Do Attitude” was won by Claire Darnley from Halesowen.
  • “Best  Photo” was won by Kevin Kerridge from Leicester.



Jann Thorpe Wins “Best New Franchisee” Award



Claire Darnley Wins “Best Can Do Attitude” Award


Penny Gilbert

Penny Gilbert “Best Franchisee Of The Year” Award









Additional awards included the prestigious gold pin award for inspiring over 6000 children in one year, awarded to;

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Ruth Morris Wins ” Inspiring 6000 Children” Award

  • Ruth Morris from Aberdeen.

The prestigious silver awarded for inspiring over 3000 child in a year was awarded to;

  • Claire Darnley from Halesowen and Nicki Smith from Bath.

The bronze award for inspiring 1000 children ina year was awarded to;

  • Abbie Melia from Wakefield South, Alice Simpson from Devon, Anna Dickson from Cornwall, Anna Quinn from Bradford , Carol Jackson from Reading, Deepa Robinson from Bracknell, Emma White from Weybridge, Faye Williams from Cardiff West, Fiona Burn from Portsmouth, Gemma Gough, Jann Thorpe, Julia Scoble, Kevin Kerridge, Kirsty Hickson, Lisa Hagg from Bournemouth, Liz Cairns from South Ayrshire, Louise Richardson from Fareham, Melanie Dawson from Surrey, Sara le Roux from Penistone, Sarah Ekins from Spalding, Suzie Smith from Grantham, Penny Gilbert from Oxford, Nicole Norman from Stevanage and Rachel Simpson from Nottingham.

Behind the scenes photographs from the event can be seen on The Creation Station Facebook. 


5 Year Service Award Winners

We look forward to continuing to nurture creativity and inspire children and families across the UK and in Southern Ireland.

For more information on your local Creation Station visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

For more information on running your own successful Creation Station franchise request a free information pack. For more information contact Maggie Seager on 01395 349462 or email maggie@thecreationstation.co.uk.


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 in Birmingham.

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.

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 organisations 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 and 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 and 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 and Nicole Norman. These member 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 and Ruth Longrigg, who 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.

Reviewing my priorities bought me back to my dream of working with children.


My desire to work with children has brought me full circle, and now I have more control over my family time and working week.

Rebecca Dickinson changed the desk job to work with children as a Childminder and as her own children grew, she decided to take her passion for working with children into a new direction and run her own rewarding and successful Creation Station franchise.

“I had spent the last 10 years working behind  computer desks in a variety of customer service related roles but none of these remotely touched on my passion of working with children.

Before I went to university I had loved working with children; as a dance teacher, swimming teacher and holiday play scheme leader. I’m not sure when my career took such a dramatic and unfulfilled turn, but things changed when my husband got offered a job in Kent and we relocated. .

The ideal time to make a change

With two amazing children, my eldest’ Joseph was about to start school. Now was the ideal time to make a change, to go back to working with children and to find an opportunity to be there for my family.


My Mum had run her own dance school and I had grown up in the privileged position of having a Mum who worked hard and was still able to attend my school plays, assemblies, sports days and to help out on school trips.

I wanted to be there for my family like my wonderful mum had been for me.

I decided to become an Ofsted Registered Childminder, I was finally back working with children!

I loved the work; nurturing and educating the children, building amazing relationships with them and their families, getting creative and inspiring the children with arts and crafts. I was even able to go to all my son’s plays, assemblies and sports days (with a buggy full of children). But the paperwork Ofsted required me to complete and the hoops they expected me to jump through as a Childminder left no time for family life. I was looking after children eleven hours a day and then once I had put my two to bed I would spend most evenings writing reports and planning.

I was constantly exhausted both mentally and physically, my home was looking more and more like a nursery filled with toys my own children had out grown and was covered in labels and posters Ofsted expected me to have displayed.

I had loved being a Childminder, but by the time my daughter started school I knew I needed to make another change. Just what that change was? I wasn’t sure.

Whilst pondering my career future I went to the Child Care Expo in London. Hoping for a ‘pick me up’ and to be re-inspired as a Childminder and I attended a number of workshops on that day. The last workshop I attended was about easy and inspiring arts and crafts for young children and I was inspired! The workshop was run by Sarah Cressall, owner and founder of The Creation Station. Afterwards I spoke to Sarah to thank her for such a great workshop, we got chatting about the classes The Creation Station run and the franchises they award. This struck a chord with me and I spent the train ride home reading everything I could find online about The Creation Station and the pros and cons of buying a franchise. The numerous awards that The Creation Station Ltd and Sarah personally had won were reassuring and reading about the experiences of the other franchise holders sealed it for me. At 9:30 am on the following Monday I was on the phone to The Creative Hub (a.k.a. the head office of The Creation Station Ltd) having a Discovery Chat and booking on to a Discovery Morning.

DSC_0360It needed to be right for me and my family

At this stage it was all about finding out information; what was The Creation Station really like and about, would it suit me and would I be a good fit? I did my research and spoke to my family and then went along to the Discovery Morning with my husband, children, a close family friend and a list of questions. By this stage I was already pretty much sure that The Creation Station was what I had been looking for but the Discovery Morning was a great opportunity to meet some of the existing franchise holders, for my husband to get reassurance about how the figures worked and to see if my children could be inspired by the demonstration class. We left that morning with me convinced, my husband fully on board and to the ringing chorus of my children asking if they can go to The Creation Station every weekend!

I am now 6 months into my Creation Station journey. I attended the comprehensive training in April and launched The Creation Station Kent, Faversham in July. It has been hard work and at times I have wondered if I have done the right thing, but I have now got classes established, Family Fun sessions that are selling out, Create Club running successfully in two schools with interest from other local schools and I have also made great retail links with one of the local Universities.

I have far more support than I ever had as a Childminder

Things are starting to fall into place nicely. The support from The Creative Hub and the other franchise holders has been phenomenal, I am part of an amazingly supportive and creative ‘family’. Owning our own territories means that we are not in competition and rather than being competitors these other franchise holders are my mentors, always full of advice, support, on-line hugs and cheer.

My house is no longer full of Ofsted labels, posters and out grown toys, instead it is full of glitter, paint and paper, this is something we can definitely live with! My children’s own creativity and love of arts and crafts has flourished, my husband is still incredibly supportive and I have come full circle.

I am once again working with children and running my own successful  business but with lots of support . I am constantly stepping outside my comfort zone and with the help of my Creation Station family, I am achieving things I never thought I would even attempt.IMG_1178

I’ve grown in so many ways and feel very excited about my future

I am a successful business women, making links with the community, promoting and marketing myself and my business but most importantly I am also balancing my family life, attending school events and finding quality time for my own children”.

Rebecca Dickinson – Owner of The Creation Station Kent, Faversham

If you would like to find out about Rebecca’s classes parties and events visit here

or email rebeccadickinson@thecreationstation.co.uk.

To find out about running your own Creation Station franchise request your free info pack.