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17 women leave their jobs to run a flexible Creation Station franchise to have more time to raise their children.

In the past 12 months, 17 women from a variety of careers including Law, Human Resources and Teaching have chosen to run their own Creation Station, the leading children’s arts and crafts franchise. Their reasons given include the need  gain greater flexibility around family commitments and to have more time raising their children. This increasing trend is backed up by a report by the British Franchise Association, who state almost 30% of all franchises are now owned by women.

Diane Wilkinson from Northumberland, left teaching as she found the job meant she was having very little time with her own family “I love supporting children but I was doing

5 more mums run their own Creation Station franchise

more and more paperwork and was missing time with my own daughter” says Diane. “It was a big step to give up a reliable salary and holiday pay but I just felt that if I didn’t take the steps to achieve what I wanted for my family then I would be stuck in the same place and that isn’t what I wanted. The work I do now makes a real difference to children and their families and I also have the benefit of more time with my own daughter.”

After 16 years of being a solicitor Jenny Seymour from Sheffield decided it was time to make a change when she had to miss her children’s Christmas concerts and plays. “I didn’t want to miss out any more on my boys growing up and I realised the only person who could do something about it was me” says Jenny. “I went along to a Discovery event with my children aged 3 and 4 and I was a totally amazed at how much they enjoyed the arts and crafts. I realised what a fantastic business opportunity The Creation Station provided, it was truly inspiring. It was a huge step to give up the security of my career but for me, it is has taken me to a place where I now have the flexibility to be my own boss and to be there when my boys need me and when I want to be there too!”

Many other mums who where working in banking, child-care, the police force and local government have also chosen the benefits of running a flexible, tried and tested children’s activity franchise over having a fixed, permanent job.

Laura Meachin from Bristol was one of five ladies who had just completed their training in May for The Creation Station franchise said “I gave up working in a nursery as I was looking after other people’s children and paying someone to look after mine. It just didn’t feel right. I knew I had to change something, I went to one of The Creation Station Discovery Event and I could see the potential and just know I had found what I needed”

The Creation Station franchise was established by mum to three, Sarah Cressall in response to a gap in the market and in order to gain flexible working around her family commitments. Now, over 60 women run their own Creation Station franchise providing children’s art and crafts classes, children’s party entertainment and event entertainment across the UK. Sarah Cressall’s commitment to supporting women running their own flexible franchise has gained her the title of The Best Female Franchisor Award and The Best Franchisee Marketing Support award.

To find out more about The Creation Station and more details on the flexible children’s arts and crafts activity franchise visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk or call Nicki Lee on 0844 854 5061, or email nicki@thecreationstation.co.uk.

 

What people say

Excellent 9.5/10

3371 reviews on Trustpilot

Adele
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18th Jan

Lovely vibe and class to explore and create as a family

Lovely calm vibe in the class, well organised and resourced. It was lovely creating art as a family. It was great to see my little one explore and create a piece of art for her bedroom! She has been showing people her work when they come round!

Kerry
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18th Jan

First session with Kat and she was so…

First session with Kat and she was so welcoming from the start. Made sure she spent time with each child that had attended, as well as giving them time to fully experience the different colours, paints etc. Although there was a few parents who worried about getting paint on their holds hair etc ( it’s messy play :/) this doesn’t affect my score and can’t wait to go back!

Jade
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18th Jan

Very good

My boy had lots of fun. Thank you

Laura
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18th Jan

First time at the creation station and…

First time at the creation station and me and my son really enjoyed it. He keeps telling me how much fun he had. We will be coming again.

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18th Jan

Truly fantastic party and very happy birthday girl!

Kate provided an amazing party. She was so good with the children and kept 13 3-6 year olds completely engaged throughout the whole party - no mean feat!! Lovely treat for the birthday girl at the end as well. The party was in my home but all the floors and surfaces were very well protected. Couldn’t recommend highly enough and great value for money.

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18th Jan

A great birthday party for our twins

Our children had a wonderful party with their friends, packed with activities which they all enjoyed very much. They also loved going home with their 'own' bag full of self-creations. We also added something 'to make' as a party favour to keep up the theme. Something to look out for though, there were 17 children who finished activities at different speed, which meant that some of the 'not so patient and careful finishers' were keen to run around or play with balloons. I would certainly book Kirsty again but keep a few little games ready in case some children need entertaining in between.

Ryan
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17th Jan

My 3 kids had the best time and cant…

My 3 kids had the best time and cant wait till next week

Amy
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17th Jan

So much fun

So much fun. My 10 month old really enjoys it. The staff are fantastic and really make the class. I’m not usually one for classes but this one I will be returning too

Helen
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17th Jan

Myself and my 8 month old had the best…

Myself and my 8 month old had the best time at creation station today! The girls were lovely and the play was so much fun! Loved watching my little girl explore and discover new things! Will definitely be coming back!

Lauren
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17th Jan

Very lovely lady and helpful and made…

Very lovely lady and helpful and made us feel very welcome