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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 4.8/5

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29th Jun

Excellent service! Great choices!

In the middle of lockdown, we ordered a number of craft packs from Alexis and were very pleased with the service. She helped us to choose some fantastic kits that our 4 year old loved. They were all great quality and personally delivered very quickly. I have already and would continue to highly recommend the creation station. I also run a homeschooling group on Facebook and can confirm that the members have all been really pleased with the offering and service available.

Clare
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26th Jun

I absolutely loved Nats class!

I absolutely loved Nats class!! She made myself and my daughter feel so welcome on zoom!!! The class had a really cosy, casual feel, but I also learnt a new skill!!! Nat took time to make sure each of us felt confident! She valued our art and gave us lots of praise! I'm not arty, but I came away thinking I can do this!! This was my first class with Nat, and I will definitely be joining one of her classes again!!

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26th Jun

Fabulous Alexis

Had a fab online mandala class with Alexis last night from the comfort of my own garden in North Staffs. Alexis made the whole thing really easy to follow, went the extra mile with our resources and I was super pleased with the result. She's also provided craft packs for my kids during lockdown which have been amazing.

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24th Jun

Online Mandala Class

I really enjoyed the online Mandala class with Nat at Stafford South. She was really great at explaining the technique and made sure everyone felt at ease. There was a good mix of conversation and concentration! Nat was very professional, friendly and encouraging. I will definitely be doing more of her online classes in the future.

Kathryn
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24th Jun

Mandala class…

I attended the online Mandala class last with Nat, I loved it Nat made me fell at ease and had a great time creating some art. Something I am going to do with my children this week. Thank Nat!

Holly
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23rd Jun

Amazing mandala online class

Amazing class, Nat is a natural and it was lovely to see new faces and meet new people!

Raashi
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23rd Jun

Very creative and different projects

Very creative and different projects! Fun for the kids!

Lynsey
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21st Jun

Create club

Amazing online Create Club. We have searched for interesting things to do online during lockdown and when the create club was recommended to us by others we signed up. We purchased 5 online sessions and so far we have completed 3. My daughter has enjoyed each week and so far her favourite was 'The Arctic'. She enjoys seeing some of her classmates and friends via zoom. Sara delivers everything you need for each week which makes everything very simple and enjoyable!! Looking forward to the next session!

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18th Jun

Great

Great, I get time for myself and my 9 year old loves it, Lyn is very patient and interactive Well done Lyn ?

Mary
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18th Jun

Online button canvas session was…

Online button canvas session was thoroughly enjoyable and most absorbing. Really pleased with finished result.