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The Creation Station nominated for major Social Enterprise franchising award

Creation Station Finalist franchisor social impact

The Creation Station has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise accolade at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station said “The idea for The Creation Station developed when I had my three boys back in 2002. I wanted to give them opportunities to spark their curiosity, create their own journey of exploration, discovery and development. Life isn’t a sausage machine, we are all unique and I wanted my kids and others to be able to unleash the amazing wonder within. 

Sadly, creativity is being squeezed out of education and childhood, and yet it provides so many essential benefits.

Our programmes are carefully developed to help children develop self confidence in their own ideas, learn how to problem solve when things don’t go to plan and understand that it’s ok to be different.

Engaging in creative activities develops a wide range of skills at different ages and stages. From hand and eye co-ordination, communication and concentrations, to logic, thinking, social skills and much more. 

Overarching this is the critical benefit of wellbeing. Our kids are under so much pressure these days, that providing mindful, interactive and fun activities help to support children to be happy with their amazing self.

We’ve a fantastic team of over one hundred exceptional franchise owners, who share our values of making positive differences through creativity.  Together we’ve inspired over a million children and adults in our award-winning classes, parties and events. Customers have rated are experiences 5-Star and it’s wonderful to see the absolute joy and sparkle in kids faces during our creative fun activities.”

Creation Station franchisees - super heros

The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is a major achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (bfa), congratulated The Creation Station:

“In an increasingly digital age, where children spend much of their time on electronic devices, Creation Station is allowing children to use the more creative aspects of their brain and free up their imagination through arts and crafts.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

“Passionate about nurturing creativity in young people, Creation Station manages to mix education with fun, which is a very difficult balance.”

“By focusing on key skills, Creation Station is enabling thousands of children to use their creative licence to full effect.”

Creation Station modelling fun

The Creation Station will go face-to-face against two other franchise units in June, one that bring healthy microwaveable meals to your door, and another that helps children learn to swim.

For details of local classes, parties and events, or to work with us, visit The Creation Station or email 

What people say

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19th Nov

Had a lovely time would definitely book…

Had a lovely time would definitely book again thank you

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19th Nov

Great class for children

Great class for children. They can play, make a lot of mess,but you don't need to clean after. My little boy really like it .

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19th Nov

We had a great time and it was lovely…

We had a great time and it was lovely to have the opportunity to make some fab ‘First Christmas’ pieces with my little one.

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19th Nov

Really great atmosphere and evening

Really great atmosphere and evening. jen was amazing and the crafts superb. Many thanks, will hope to make the next one!

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19th Nov

Brilliant party!!!!!the children and…

Brilliant party!!!!!the children and adults really enjoyed my daughter’s birthday party!!!!!My daughter told me”I had the best party ever!!!” I highly recommend ????????

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19th Nov

Lovely experience

Was a lovely afternoon. Nice and relaxing and amazing value for what we had (hot drink and cake included). Kelly was super friendly as well. Only thing I would say was that the venue was on the chilly side. When I was getting my little ones toes out for the footprints I found that he got cold quickly, ending up with a lot if snot appearing.

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18th Nov

I would highly recommend this class

I would highly recommend this class. Gurjot is such a great teacher and made an immediate connection with my 1.5 year old daughter in the first class. My daughter didn’t like to get her hands and feet in the paint to start with, but by the third class, was enjoying it. The craft ideas are wonderful and the teaching was supportive and gentle. It’s also great to know that the materials are safe for kids. We really love the way Gurjot teaches and the effort she puts into making the classes and special craft making sessions a great fun learning experience for all. Thank you.

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18th Nov

Had an enjoyable evening making xmas decorations thankyou.

Had an enjoyable evening making xmas decorations

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18th Nov

My little one had the best party - thank you!

My little one had the best party! Nakita was truly amazing. She kept the children engaged throughout, making it fun and inclusive for everyone and they all got to take home their lovely artwork. So many parents commented on what a fabulous party it was and how much they enjoyed it as well as the children. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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18th Nov

Brilliant party

Brilliant party, enjoyed by all. Interactive, easy for parents, no mess and great crafts to take home. Would highly recommend