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

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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 or call Nicki Lee on 0844 854 5061, or email


What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

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18th Aug

Kelly made us feel very welcome and the…

Kelly made us feel very welcome and the boys lived creating their own abstract paintings. Great fun in a lovely environment.

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18th Aug

Lots of arty fun at Creation Station

As always, we had a brilliant time at the Creation Station. We were very impressed by the crafts we made and thought Alex was a brilliant host and guide.

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18th Aug

Amazing activity

Amazing activity. I love being creative with my 8 month old and creating some beautiful keep sakes. Nicole is excellent at leading the event and is also extremely helpful if you have a wriggling baby. Highly recommend this if you would like to make some lovely things for you and your family.

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18th Aug

So much fun was had

So much fun was had, the kids came back raving about everyone and every activity. They were keen to show me some new things too. Thanks to the fantastic create team.

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18th Aug

Children had a fantastic time and…

Children had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute.

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17th Aug

100% recommend!!!

100% recommend this group! My 14 month old boy loved and we made some gorgeous things to take away! Lovely group with very friendly lady! Will definitely be going again! Really let’s the little ones get stuck in! Loved it!!!

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17th Aug

Really great creative holiday craft day…

Really great creative holiday craft day for my daughter. She loved all the making and seemed to settle in to the well organised environment very easily. Emma did a great job organising the day and my daughter really enjoyed the day.

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17th Aug

Lovely time

Lovely time. Very relaxed and loads of fun. Will definately go again and cant wait.

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17th Aug

The kids had great time making slime

The kids had great time making slime, stirring it, slopping it about, playing with it at the end. The staff were very attentive and helped the little ones good venue and the equipment, facilities were all excellent and well prepared

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16th Aug

Amazing fun!!

The kids absolutely loved seeing miss Pearce and doing all the crafty things even the fluffy slime. You are amazing thank you. ?