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Charlotte Eames Creation Station franchise owner shortlisted for major award

We are super proud of our Charlotte Eames for being shortlisted out of the thousands of UK franchise owners in the prestigious British Franchise Association (bfa) Young Franchise Owner of the Year award.

Charlotte has battled with personal adversity to run her creative business and help children build skills for life and inspire the local communities imagination.

Charlotte Eames runs Creation Station shortlisted for major award.

29 year old Charlotte Eames, the owner of The Creation Station South West Bucks & Maidenhead, Berkshire, the UK's leading creative arts and crafts activity franchise for children and adults with 113 franchise owners across the United Kingdom, has been shortlisted for Young Female Franchisee of the Year at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

The event, hosted by the British Franchise Association (bfa), recognises those in franchising who have shown exceptional business acumen over the past 12 monhs. T

Previously a nanny, Charlotte decided to become her own boss three years ago after battling an extremely rare lung condition called Spontaneous Pneumothorax and thought this was a sign that actually she should start living her dream of running a business. 

Charlotte Eames runs Creation Station  Usborne book workshops

Having worked as a nanny for ten years, Charlotte saw first-hand the demand and need for local, quality, affordable classes for children and the importance for aiding social skills, lateral thinking and building relationships. By running her Creation Station franchise she has been able to take her passion to nurture children’s creativity through arts and crafts, growing her classes from around six children when she started to over two thousand children and adults her first year. One of the initiatives Charlotte launched was Art in the Park, a six-week programme during the summer holidays, supporting getting creative in the outdoors. 

Charlotte said “To say that I am delighted and honoured to receive this nomination would be an understatement. It feels absolutely incredible to be a finalist for such a prestigious award. I am overwhelmed and proud with such gratitude to have been recognised as young female franchisee of the year. Thank you very much!”

Charlotte also does a lot for charity, and ran the London Marathon in 2018, raising money for Children with Cancer UK. This charity is of particular significance to Charlotte, as her younger sister was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of just four.

Charlotte Eames Poppy Appeal Poppy rocks Creation Station event

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, stated: “Charlotte gets to work with children but with the opportunity to be her own boss, doing two things she enjoys and putting them together. With no prior business experience, she has managed to grow the franchise in Maidenhead and her innovative ideas in response to challenging circumstances have enabled her to succeed.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, applauded Charlotte’s entrepreneurial spirit in spite of adversity: “Noticing that good weather can adversely mean a drop in attendance, Charlotte showed great initiative in setting up Art in the Park. The personal battles she has overcome, and selfless attitude as a franchisee while growing her business, is really admirable.”

Sarah Cressall found of the Creation Station stated "Charlotte has a wonderful attitude to overcome barriers and to make a difference to others. Charlotte's creative flair and infectious personality have helped to inspire thousand in her local community and I greatly deserving of this shortlist. The whole Creation Station family is so proud of her achievements and the difference she is making within her community.”

Charlotte represents a growing trend in franchising, where recent figures produced by the 2018 bfa survey show that 18% of all franchisees are now under the age of 30, and 37% of all newer franchisees are women, this is far higher than ever before. 

Charlotte will compete against two other franchises, one from a domiciliary care provider, the other a disaster recovery and specialist cleaning service, for the award.

Winners will be announced at the annual bfa conference on 27th June.

For details of your local Creation Station tap here for your local creative classes, parties and events across the UK.

If you don't have a Creation Station in your area yet m and you or someone you know would love to run their own Creation Station franchise, download a franchise information pack here. If you've read the pack, book onto one of our informative Discovery days.   

What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

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Parmjit
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26th Jun

My 6 year old looks forward to every…

My 6 year old looks forward to every session with Mrs Virdi and is very excited to share with us what they have been making in class.

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26th Jun

What a lovely afternoon

What a lovely afternoon. The children throughly enjoyed themselves. Not only a party but great crafts to take home. And, best of all, especially for a home party. They were so absorbed in their task. All you could her is them humming along to the music!!!

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25th Jun

excellent party with Sarah

We had a wonderful party with Sarah from Sunbury Creation Station. She calmly and smoothly ran the party for 15 five year olds and kept them all engaged. The activities were lovely and the kids were thrilled with the lovely treasure boxes and model animals that they got to take home. Sarah made everything very easy for me and was super professsional. Thanks very much!

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25th Jun

My daughter really enjoyed her party

My daughter really enjoyed her party. Sarah was great at advising on activities in advance, she was organised on the day and she engaged very well with the children. It was a success, thank you!

Melissa
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25th Jun

Always a pleasure and treat to craft…

Always a pleasure and treat to craft for an evening! Great ideas that I seem to pull off!! Great instructor, clean and always there to help!

Roz
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25th Jun

Happy customer!

Love Creation Station! It amazes me every week how much we do in one session.

Claire
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25th Jun

Fantastic class!

Fantastic class!

Helen
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25th Jun

Not like any other babygroups we go…

Not like any other babygroups we go too. Very organised messy play for little ones and fun for the parents too making mess somewhere away from home!

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24th Jun

Totally brilliant arty party

Totally brilliant arty party for my 5 year old son. Mel had the kids thoroughly engrossed in decorating their party bags, painting and decorating a treasure chest, and making a clay model. So much fun. So calm!!! And so little effort on my part. Highly recommend

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24th Jun

Very professional and well organised…

Very professional and well organised and most important of all my daughter and her friends loved every minute of it.