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Run your own fun and flexible five star rated child’s activity business in 2017

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New Year gives you the perfect time to reflect on not just what to give up – but what you really want in your life.  Increasingly more people are making the decision to have more control over their working hours and to do something that’s both fulfilling and financially rewarding.

The Creation Station franchise opportunity provides a tried and tested business model that is already giving 104  people the flexibility and rewards they want.

I’m so pleased I made the decision to run my own Creation Station over 6 years ago. It’s given me total control over my working hours with a great income and to be there for my girls. I was in banking before and so it was a big step for me – I like to weigh up all the pros cons and make very careful decisions. The Creation Station head office team are fantastic and really supportive.  There are so many revenue streams with lots of potential and my business keeps getting better and better.  I feel I’ve joined an extended family as I’m part of a wonderful team who support and help each other with all sorts of things! I’m grateful for the flexibility I’ve had over the last 6 years and as my girls grow I’m excited about our future too”.

Lisa Hagg

 Key facts about The Creation Station

  • Rated Five star by their franchise owners In an independent franchisee satisfaction survey
  • Rated Five Star on Trustpilot for their classes parties and events by customers
  • Gained the award for Continuous Improvement
  • Top three out of 5000 companies in Richard Branson’s Positive Impact on Society

Established in 2002, The Creation Station is the marker leader for inspiring imagination through fun and educational arts and crafts classes, parties and events.  Due to increasing demand for children’s creative activities, The Creation Station is looking for pro-active and friendly people to join their growing team of successful franchise owners.

If you are looking to make 2017 the year that puts you in control of your working hours and gives you both fulfilment and financial returns on your effort – then request an information pack today.

It could be just what you are looking for.

Click here to get your free information pack

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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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If you would like to find out more about running your own Creation Station franchise click below to request your free information pack

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

I can’t believe what I said at my Interview as finalist for The Woman of the year Award Sarah

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My interview as the finalist for The Business Woman of The Year was last Friday. It’s been over 15 years since I has an interview, which I have to admit, is one of the many benefits of working for yourself! There was an amazing panel of judges from Jaguar, Barclays Wealth, BA, SCC. They asked questions about myself and my business, the good thing was that is at least I knew a lot more on those subjects than they did.

Sarah Cressall

Sarah Cressall

I did start with: “If you cut me in half it would say the words ‘Creativity’ running through me like a bar of rock.” I hadn’t quite planned to say that and I did get quite a few raised eyebrows! The other 5 finalist were awesome, so I don’t believe I have won. But it’s been amazing to have got through the final 6. It felt a bit like the Xfactor, but without me having to sing – thankfully!

I find out this Friday so if you want to be kept informed please do like my facebook.

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I know the next few months are going to be busy so I wanted to let you know the exciting events I’m running where we can meet up and you can also meet at chat to some of my very inspiring franchise owners.

As part of my ‘Know Where’ Tour, I’m sharing my 7 signposts to success, the things that have really helped me achieve both personal and financial

I am a key note speaker at:

Bristol: Monday 8th Oct: The Auditorium, Arnolfini, 11.00am – FREE event organised by Women out of the Box

Doncaster: Thurdsay 18th October Doncaster Racecourse 4business 12.45pm – 1.30pm – we are running the kidszone so feel free to bring the children

Birmingham Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October We are at The Franchise Exhibition at the NEC. Please just let me know if you would like a complimentary ticket

Devon 20th October Creation Station Discovery Event 11.00am- 2.30pm Partners and children welcome, includes drinks and free lunch . (There is such think as a free lunch!)

York 3rd November SaturdayCreation Station Discovery Event  – 9.30- 1.30 Partners and children welcome, includes drinks and free lunch

So hopefully there are a few choices there for us to be able to meet.

If you want to find out more about The Creation Station Franchise, I would recommend the Discovery Events. You experience an award winning class, chat to franchise owners, have your questions answered  and I explain everything about the opportunity.

I hope you find this helpful.

For more info on our events please pop over and say Hello on our Facebook. I look forward to seeing you soon,
All the best
Sarah

Are you looking to change direction and find an alternative way of working? Are you looking at a more flexible or fulfilling role?

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Get 7 secret signposts to help you get to where you want to be in life, from a multiple award-winning entrepreneur, Sarah Cressall.

Sarah Cressall's  seven secrets signposts funder of The Creation Station

Sarah Cressall’s seven secrets signposts funder of The Creation Station

The number of people that are now choosing to look at non-traditional ways of working is continuing to grow.  There are many options for you to consider but before you start your journey, gain some valuable pointers to get to where you want to be, from someone who has been there and achieved both personal and financial success.

Multi award winner and mum to three, Sarah Cressall, is founder of The Creation Station, the UK’s most successful award winning arts and crafts activity business. Sarah franchised her business in 2007 and now leads a team of over 65 people who run their own Creation Station Franchise.

“When you want something different in life, it’s difficult knowing which is the best path to take“ says Sarah Cressall. As a key note speaker, I speak to lots of people in this situation. I decided to share my own seven secret signposts that have helped me achieve success. I have written them to help you identify where you want to get to, choose your own direction and find the right path that works for you. They have significantly helped me and I believe you will find them helpful too”.

Receive your free copy of Sarah’s 7 secret signposts by simply

>> clicking here to visit Sarah’s Seven Secret Signposts and download your free copy.

Plus as Sarah is passionate about inspiring imaginations, when you download the seven secrets you will be entered in to a free prize draw for a Creation Station arts and crafts goody bag. So be inspired and download the steps to help realise your potential today.   We wish you all the best as you find your new direction and the right path to your personal and financial success.

Due to the feedback from my signposts, I’m taking my seven secrets on a ‘Know Where’ tour- to help people know identify where they want to get to.

Women out of the Box, Bristol   Monday 8th October   11.00 am – 12.00 pm cost £6.00  (Please scroll down to the 11th item)

4 Business, Doncaster   Tuesday 18th  October   12.45 pm – 1.30 pm

If you would like to find out more please email nicki@thecreationstation.co.uk or call 0844 854 9100.

I hope youfind this helpful,

Regards,

Sarah

Unleash the Superhero within to create the change you want in your world

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My Josh was 10 yesterday  and we celebrated by a little party and going to see the

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Superhero’s change their world, unleash your Superhero and change the things you want for the better, in your world.

Marvel The Avengers movie.

Without wanting to spoil the movie the Superheroes where unleashed and the world was saved.

I’m feeling that putting on my Mrs Incredible outfit last week has unleashed  a lot of superhero thoughts!  How often in our own worlds are we brave enough to make the changes we really want, or need. I do believe that we have to be brave if we want to change our world to be the way we want it to be.

I know many of my franchise owners took the steps to change their world;

Watch what Lara has to say:

I am often truly inspired by my franchise owners , as they have identified what they want in their life and have unleashed their superhero to take the steps to change their world.

If you are feeling like changing something in your world and would like some inspiration

>> Request your free Shiny Future franchise info pack

It could be just what you need to help you create the change you need.

If you are ready to unleash your superhero powers and want to find out more, come along and meet some of our wonderful franchise owners at your FREE Discovery event:

>> Click here for details of your next Discovery Event.