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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 4.8/5

5915 reviews on Trustpilot

Alison
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11th Dec

Making memories

Really enjoyed the crafts, making something to treasure. Staff were really helpful nice environment and space for the children to play.

Erica
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11th Dec

Fab as always

Fab as always . Looking forward to the next class!!

Kirsten
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11th Dec

Highly recommend relaxed well organised…

Highly recommend relaxed well organised class instructor was on hand for any needs lovely keep sakes to take home too I will be returning

Penelope
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11th Dec

Great session creating quality keepsakes

I loved this session! Sarah is fantastic at helping you capture your baby’s hand/foot prints on seasonal items (this one was Christmas). The quality of the products used are excellent and will be great keepsakes. You can also purchase additional items which was ideal for Christmas gifts for grandparents. The venue is lovely and the cakes are amazing! This was my second session and I’m looking forward to the next ones in the new year!

Louise
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11th Dec

Sam is amazing and I cannot thank her…

Sam is amazing and I cannot thank her enough for increasing my little boys confidence and having a real passion for arts and crafts. I would highly recommend.

Jasmine
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11th Dec

Tiny treasures Christmas craft morning

Amazing morning crafting Christmas things with my son! We had a lovely time, felt very welcome and Rachel was so nice! Can’t wait to attend the next session :-)

Nicki
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11th Dec

Lovely class

Lovely class, well run and friendly.

Becki
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11th Dec

Abby is brilliant

Abby is brilliant, we have so much fun every time. Each class is different & I've made so many lovely little treasures to commemorate our little boys First year. Always recommend to friends!

Laura
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11th Dec

Excellent event and very well organised…

Excellent event and very well organised by Sarah who made it so special

Tara
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11th Dec

Amazing morning

Amazing morning. Really enjoyable. Supply’s are all there and ready to use. Laid back environment. Rachael was very helpful