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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 enquiries@thecreationstation.co.uk 

What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

4523 reviews on Trustpilot

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22nd Jul

Fantastic experience

Fantastic experience and service from Lisa at creation station. Lisa worked with our business to help deliver lots of fun for corporate family day. The workshops and activities were excellent and the kids had a wonderful time and experience. Even wih a large outdoor adventure park available the kids were drawn and immersed in all the fun creative activities. Highly recommend for any event.

Debbie
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22nd Jul

Marvelous mess!

Alison is great. We always have a good time at creation station with crafts, mess and toys. Professional and friendly. Highly recommended

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22nd Jul

outstanding class birthday party for my seven year old daughter

I attended a creation station birthday party a year ago and was so impressed I decided I would like a similar party for my daughter. Yat was brilliant from my first contact with her months in advance of the date. She gave me thorough information, advice on venue hire, and a variety of craft formats to choose from. My daughter and her friends had an amazing time, including the boys from her class who were a bit dubious in advance but went home afterwards buzzing. Yat and her energetic, warm colleagues were marvellous ... they played fun music throughout, and engaged all the children in high quality novel crafts. Yat guided me as a first time party host expertly. The party ran like clockwork. Yat developed a fantastic rapport with my daughter and was wonderful with all the children. A highlight was a fun musical party game after the party food, which the children loved. It was a joy to watch. My daughter will never forget her first proper birthday party, she is still talking about it and we have beautiful photographs, crafts and memories to keep. Thanks to Yat and her team, it was magical for our daughter and for us, an experience and memory we will always treasure.

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22nd Jul

So much to do!

So much to do!! My daughter and I had a wonderful time making pirate things and can't beleieve how many pieces of art work we came home with! Lovely immersive experience and Alexandra is wonderful with kids. They all were absorbed in her story telling and the interactive treasure chest activity at the end. Thoroughly recommend this!

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22nd Jul

Working with The Creation Station and…

Working with The Creation Station and more specifically Sandra Steele was a joy and a pleasure. From the very first enquiries through the briefing process and on to the final event, nothing was too much trouble. Real thought and consideration was given to the size of the group, the different age range Sandra would need to work with and her complete flexibility meant switching days at the very last minute and extending the time she was on site. It is with absolute pleasure we provide a 5 star rating to Sandra and The Creation station and would highly recommend her.

Ophania
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21st Jul

My son loves it

We've been to creation station for almost a year now, my son still loves it. He gets to be creative and I don't have to clean up the mess, which is a bonus. Emma is great with all the children. Highly recommend this activity from a young age, learn about textures, colours, shapes etc.

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21st Jul

We have been utterly delighted with the…

We have been utterly delighted with the huge contribution that this has made to our after school provision. Expertly planned and fabulously run, I’d recommend them to anyone.

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21st Jul

Nicki (creation station Bath) was…

Nicki (creation station Bath) was brilliant. Highly recommend the slime making activity.... kept 10 8 year old girls very entertained and happy!

Illy
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20th Jul

Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved it!

Kim
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20th Jul

Flamingo story and craft

The session started on time and felt like there was a structure to it. My only thing was that the room felt like small for the age range of the children. The group leader explained she’d be doing baby only sessions in the future but currently 6 months to 5 years. This puts me off booking future sessions, for now.