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“Running my own franchise is about as far-removed from my original career plan as you can get”

Nathalie1EveningPost Nathalie and her son Hugo are loving her new flexible business

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter mummy to Elizabeth and Hugo

 

“I am not a risk-taker at all but The Creation Station franchise offered me all the benefits of running my own business minus the majority of risk.

 

 

My background is in nursing and NHS Research & Development. Although I loved my profession, returning to work after the birth of my second child was awful. I was fed up of missing out on time with my children and was no longer prepared to sacrifice all for my job.

 

 

I stumbled across The Creation Station on Netmums and really I liked what I saw, but from my very first conversation with Maggie I knew this was what I was meant to do! I still undertook lots of research (must be my background!) and read books about franchising, contacted the British Franchise Association, had phone conversations with other franchisees, spoke to family, friends, the bank etc.

 

IMG_2131 Nathalie even had a Creation Station cake for her birthday!

 

Talking to the other franchisees at the Discover Event showed me a life that I didn’t even dare believe could be mine! I felt really tearful after leaving the Discovery Event and a bit down-in-the-dumps on the drive back to Nottingham in case I wasn’t what The Creation Station was looking for as they are very selective. It was probably at that moment that I realised just how much I wanted this opportunity.

 

 

I was overjoyed when Maggie rang me and I booked into the next available training.

 

 

My hardest job was convincing my parents that I hadn’t taken leave of my senses in becoming self-employed. My career in the NHS was secure, on the rise and with a good pension BUT it just wasn’t where I needed to be. Other challenges were; securing the business loan but the Natwest were great (I understand they have never refused a loan for a Creation Station franchise), also staying steadfast and trusting my own instincts (when running my own franchise is about as far-removed from my original career plan as you can get!)

 

 

The Creation Station is an established and well-respected brand and I know I have back up and support when I need it both from Head Office aka ‘Creative Hub’ and the other franchisees. The journey so far has been even better than I thought and nothing negative has happened since I paid over my money!

 

 

I feel like I belong to a big family that is all striving for excellence and it is these values and ethos that first attracted me to The Creation Station. I am pleased to say that the way they present themselves outwardly is a true reflection of how they operate behind the scenes too.

 

13273_160493224120841_410272016_n Elizabeth loves being able to test out the activities with her mum

 

This was again nicely illustrated as the Creative Hub team were so warm, friendly and inclusive when when I brought my children in to visit during my training. They even got a special VIP trip to the warehouse and left with a bagful of goodies.

 

 

Training

 

 

I honestly enjoyed every minute of the training….and having attended LOTS of training in my past life, I have never been able to say that before!!

 

 

I felt valued, nurtured and supported. I was also re-assured to find that the other trainees all had similar experiences to me in terms of struggling to balance their career and family life.

 

 

The post-training support has also been great, and I am always impressed by how hands-on Sarah Cressall, our founder is. This tells me she cares passionately about Creation Station and that’s what you need from a leader!

 

 

My Future

 

 

I honestly feel that the sky is the limit. I intend to take on staff by year two, and locally really be the household name for all things creative. I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason and at the right time. I am definitely in the right place and the right time and loving the decision I made not just for me but my whole family."

 

 

Find out more about Classes and Arty Parties in Nottingham by contacting Nathalie on 0844 824 4513 or email nathaliebailey-flitter@thecreationstation.co.uk

 

 

Are you interested in taking control of your career by running your own fun creative business? Click here to receive a free information pack.

 

What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6719 reviews on Trustpilot

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31st May

Nat has been brilliant

Nat has been brilliant. We have had two packs of the most amazing crafts delivered to our door during lockdown. We have had paints, canvases, pipe cleaners all sorts of fun crafts with ideas to have fun with. Things that we had never heard of or seen before such as noodle doodles. We can’t wait to come to one of your sessions when things get back to normal more.

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26th May

My daughter loves the sessions with…

My daughter loves the sessions with vicky and looks forward to them each week.

Lawra
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24th May

The live online creative class

The live online creative class is not only fun, relaxed and educational it has also given my girls something to look forward to weekly and a masterpiece or three to show and be proud of afterward. Both my girls have taken the techniques used from the classes to create more art through out the week. I would highly recommend the Creation Station live online classes. *****

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23rd May

Great club!!

my daughter loves vicky and loves doing create club. vicky goes out of her way to make sure the children get the best experience. we missed a session but vicky took the time to do a one to one session so my daughter didn’t miss out. Thank you Vicky ?

Laura
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22nd May

We find Creation station brilliant

We find Creation station brilliant! A wide range of activities using all kinds of materials (all supplied to!) with a different theme each week. Very entertaining for my 6 year old to let their creative side shine! The host is very friendly and always patient with the children. The sessions usually last for around 12 weeks so great value for an after school club! My little one always looks forward to it! We are currently attending online creation station during lockdown and it’s fantastic! All Materials supplied to our door with super easy instructions to follow (all organised by our fantastic host Jude) It’s kept our routine which is very important for little people. We love it!!

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22nd May

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the…

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the kids, she make it really fun and keeps them engaged through out, she also lets me join a little before if needed So that I am not late for my work meetings. My daughter loves create club and can’t wait for the next session. I think it’s lovely Vicky has kept it going for the kids through these difficult times, I am very thankful as it keeps my daughter occupied being the only child and whilst I’m at work. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

I love the classes Vicky runs

I love the classes Vicky runs. They are always very creative and my daughter loves them. It's brilliant that she has been able to keep it up during the lockdown too.

Elizabeth
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22nd May

I order these letters quite regularly…good price, speedy delivery.

I order these letters quite regularly but noticed they had gone up in price from last time, so I looked directly at your site. I was surprised to see that to purchase directly from you was cheaper, so that it what I did. The speed of delivery was excellent and I will always come straight to you in future for my craft supplies.

Cat
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21st May

Lisa from the Bournemouth /…

Lisa from the Bournemouth / Christchurch group is brilliant. We've attended some of her classes and doing them live on Facebook now. The classes are great for my 3 1/2 year old. We all join in. Learning through play is the way forward

Amy
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21st May

Fantastic

Absolutely fantastic class really enjoyed the crafts kept my 4year old and 2 year old entertained. Worked well on zoom during current climate Thank you Eleanor