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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 months. To get shortlisted for Young Female Franchisee of the Year, you must be under the age of 35 and have shown exceptional growth and development within your business.

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 around ten years, she saw first-hand the demand and need for local, quality, affordable classes for children and the importance of them for aiding social skills, lateral thinking and building relationships. At work, she has taken a particularly innovative approach to nurturing children’s creativity through arts and crafts, growing from around six children per class 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 in 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, far higher than ever before.

Charlotte will compete against two other franchisees, 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.

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

What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

4034 reviews on Trustpilot

Julia
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21st Apr

Easter craft activities

My grandson had a great time and really enjoyed the Easter craft activities.

Frances
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20th Apr

Fantastic event

Fantastic event, lots of free flow activities with excellent resources. Lisa is so encouraging too.

Sobia
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20th Apr

The workshop was very informative and…

The workshop was very informative and my son enjoyed himself. It would be beneficial if another assistant was available as my son was sometimes overlooked which meant that I had to leave my other child unattended to help him

Naomi
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20th Apr

We attended two family fun sessions and…

We attended two family fun sessions and they were perfect for my 6 and 2 year old. It was really nice to find something they could both enjoy together. There was lots of choice of things to make and good quality materials. We made lots of Easter themed crafty items to take away. We'll definitely go back.

Claire
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20th Apr

very enjoyable art classes for kids

My daughter really enjoyed the slime workshop We would definitely book other classes in the future

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20th Apr

Liza did an amazing job leading craft…

Liza did an amazing job leading craft activities at my daughter's birthday party recently. She was really organised and easy to talk to and came round in advance of the party to make arrangements. On the day of the party she helped all of the children to create lovely arty objects. Her manner with the children was excellent and my daughter absolutely loved the party. I would definitely recommend the Arty Party with Liza to other parents! Thank you!

Lois
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20th Apr

Slime workshop

Liza was very friendly and helpful, great with the kids and informative. My kids had a brilliant time making slime!

Carol
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19th Apr

Slime Workshop

My daughter and her friend thoroughly enjoyed the slime workshop today. Very well organised, preparation is key in an event like this.

Amy
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19th Apr

Such a lovely morning

Such a lovely morning. My little boy who usually doesn't like stuff like this had a great time and did not stop talking about it all day!

Samantha
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19th Apr

Fab!

Natalie made us feel very welcome and lily absolutely loved her slime class. It was really reasonably priced and I will most definitely be attending one again! I will be watching out for more classes in the future!