The Creation Station Franchise Wins The Best National Franchisee Support Award.

The Creation Station, the UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity franchise business, designed by Sarah Cressall, to support  working mums, wins the 2012 Franchise Marketing Award ‘Best Franchisee Marketing Support’, with McDonalds a commended runner up.


It’s not every day that a business designed to keep three little boys entertained wins the  Best  Franchisee Marketing Award, beating established franchised businesses including McDonalds.  The Creation Station was set up in 2002 by Sarah Cressall, mum to three boys under three and half years of age, to help provide educational creative play activities to develop concentration and inspire their imaginations. Now, over fifty female franchise owners operate across the UK providing toddler classes, local birthday party entertainment and event entertainment for children aged three months to 11 years.

Winner of the prestigious National  Franchise Marketing Support Award

Judged by an independent panel of experts, the Franchise Marketing Award rewards organisations that have raised public awareness through creative marketing techniques and as a result have achieved sustainable growth for their brands.

“Many of our franchise owners hadn’t heard of a children’s franchise before and want to know if we helped them with their marketing. Winning such a prestigious Franchise Marketing Support award is a real testament to the passion and commitment myself and my whole team have for supporting mums with a work from home business, that’s family friendly and enables mums to put their children’s needs first,” states Sarah Cressall  “Our female franchise owners love the flexibility of working from home because it really is designed around family life”.

Adrian Goodsell, Franchise Exhibitions manager at Venture Marketing Group, comments: “The creativity and innovation we have seen in this year's entries reflects the high calibre of marketing franchisors must use to raise the profile of their businesses and attract potential franchisees.”[youtube=]

The majority of The Creation Station Franchise owners are mums who take their children along to their classes to reduce childcare costs and increase time with their children. The educational classes are based on the government Early Years Foundation Stage ( E.Y.F.S)  and include Baby Classes, Toddler Classes, Arty Birthday party entertainment and Event Entertainment for the public and private sector.

For more information on children’s art and crafts activities, or franchise opportunities visit or email Nicki Lee on or call 0844 854 9100.


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Sarah Cressall is listed in the top 100 Mumpreneurs, won the ‘Best Interactive Business Award’ 2011, the Crème de la Crème business award 2012,  Finalist in The Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2011 award and Business woman of the year 2009 in the Leicestershire awards.

The Creation Station inspires children’s imaginations and supports families with engaging art and crafts classes and parties for children aged three months to 11 years. A network of over 50 female franchise owners operate across the UK.

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What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

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4th Jul


Fabulous, highly recommended, loved how daddies could get involved too

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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23rd Jun

Very creative and different projects

Very creative and different projects! Fun for the kids!

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