I have ran The Creation Station Bracknell for three and a half years and absolutely love it! Before running my own franchise I had never worked with children, never been particularly creative and never ran my own business so it has been a completely life changing experience for me. I had always worked within the Travel Industry and was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with my daughter. I knew that I wanted to spend time with her and be able to take her swimming, pick her up from school and do all of the things you miss out on whist being at work.
I did not know where to start but a friend of mine was looking into buying a franchise herself so I started to have a look into this option as well. To be honest I never thought I would be able to buy a franchise as I thought it would be too expensive but I was happily surprised. I found the Creation Station and loved it instantly I had been to lots of classes with my daughter and knew that there was a gap in the market for Children’s Art and Craft Activity’s I would have loved to have taken my daughter to this kind of class. I also loved the fact that there were lots of different things that I could do not only was it sessions, but parties and events as well.
I went to Devon and attended a Discovery Event where you find out more about the opportunity and I decided straight away that this was what I wanted to do. I loved the fact that the focus was not on the end product but the journey the children go through to create their own masterpieces. The session plans were all done for me as well which is great. It meant that I could focus on running my business rather than spending time coming up with ideas!
The Creation Station has grown massively since I started and it’s been fantastic to be part of such a successful franchise. Even though there are a lot more franchisees it still feels like a family, we are always there to help each other and share ideas.
3 years on and I have never looked back I now have three members of staff and work with lots of different companies, groups and councils offering our fantastic art and craft sessions. We run around 8 parties a month and have lots of plans to grow in the future.
But the best thing is that I have been able to spend precious time with my daughter I would have never have been able to spend as much time with her if I had gone back to work and for that I am truly grateful. I don’t think there are many people that can say that they run a successful business and have time to spend with their family but by buying a franchise and having a lot of the work done for me I have been able to focus on growing my business and the most important thing for me spending time with my family.
For more information contact Carly on 0844 854 9180 or [email protected]