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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

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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 www.thecreationstation.co.uk or call Nicki Lee on 0844 854 5061, or email nicki@thecreationstation.co.uk.

 

What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

3792 reviews on Trustpilot

Catherine
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19th Mar

Thank you

Fun, friendly and lovely keepsakes/gifts - thanks Jo

Stacey
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19th Mar

Fab class

It was lovely! Really well set up and thought out great activities that all the children really enjoyed And Sarah was a brilliant host with loads of ideas for crafting with little ones!

Stacey
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19th Mar

Had a great experience at Creation Station

Had a great experience at Creation Station at Harborne today. The class leader was really welcoming and friendly; the activities were well thought out and linked together through the theme of a colour which made the session flow brilliantly. My little girl is 18 months and loved it! She had so much fun doing hand and foot prints with paint, gluing and glittering her ‘bear’ and getting to play with clay - all things I wouldn’t do at home (with fear of the mess!) It was lovely to come away with something that she’d actually made too, which she’s been very proud to show off. Thanks for the great session.

Natalie
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19th Mar

Took my baby to a mothers day session

Took my baby to a mothers day session. Was instantly made to feel very welcome and at ease. It was lots of fun. Sarah was brilliant. Cant wait to go again.

Jennifer
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19th Mar

definitely recommend

My daughter loves her classes, she comes home with really interesting and creative bits that she has really enjoyed making.

Rachel
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19th Mar

We had a great time

We had a great time, such good value for money too

Lisa
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19th Mar

A great interactive class

A great interactive class. My little girl has been attending since she was 6 months old and still loves it now at 14 months.

Kristina
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19th Mar

Great fun

It was a lovely session. The ladies that ran it were great at helping capture some lovely arty footprints :) Very well organised, would definetly do another one.

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19th Mar

I booked Creation station (Nicole…

I booked Creation station (Nicole Norman) for son's 6th Birthday Party and it was win win. I couldn't believe how engaging and wonderful party it was, all the kids (around 22-23) thoroughly enjoyed all the activities. My son said he had the best party EVER! I received the similar feedback from other mums that their kids had the most wonderful time. Thanks to Nicole I didn't have worry at all I enjoyed the party as much as kids did. Thanks to Creation Station and I highly recommend booking them for stress free and wonderful party.

Helen
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18th Mar

Our session at The Creation Station…

Our session at The Creation Station today was brilliant. Lots of activities which my son thoroughly enjoyed. My son was not overly confident at the beginning but Mark helped him to get involved and use his imagination. I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you The Creation Station, we will be back soon.