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

Excellent 9.6/10

3792 reviews on Trustpilot

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19th Mar

Thank you

Fun, friendly and lovely keepsakes/gifts - thanks Jo

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19th Mar

Fab class

It was lovely! Really well set up and thought out great activities that all the children really enjoyed And Sarah was a brilliant host with loads of ideas for crafting with little ones!

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19th Mar

Had a great experience at Creation Station

Had a great experience at Creation Station at Harborne today. The class leader was really welcoming and friendly; the activities were well thought out and linked together through the theme of a colour which made the session flow brilliantly. My little girl is 18 months and loved it! She had so much fun doing hand and foot prints with paint, gluing and glittering her ‘bear’ and getting to play with clay - all things I wouldn’t do at home (with fear of the mess!) It was lovely to come away with something that she’d actually made too, which she’s been very proud to show off. Thanks for the great session.

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19th Mar

Took my baby to a mothers day session

Took my baby to a mothers day session. Was instantly made to feel very welcome and at ease. It was lots of fun. Sarah was brilliant. Cant wait to go again.

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19th Mar

definitely recommend

My daughter loves her classes, she comes home with really interesting and creative bits that she has really enjoyed making.

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19th Mar

We had a great time

We had a great time, such good value for money too

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19th Mar

A great interactive class

A great interactive class. My little girl has been attending since she was 6 months old and still loves it now at 14 months.

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19th Mar

Great fun

It was a lovely session. The ladies that ran it were great at helping capture some lovely arty footprints :) Very well organised, would definetly do another one.

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19th Mar

I booked Creation station (Nicole…

I booked Creation station (Nicole Norman) for son's 6th Birthday Party and it was win win. I couldn't believe how engaging and wonderful party it was, all the kids (around 22-23) thoroughly enjoyed all the activities. My son said he had the best party EVER! I received the similar feedback from other mums that their kids had the most wonderful time. Thanks to Nicole I didn't have worry at all I enjoyed the party as much as kids did. Thanks to Creation Station and I highly recommend booking them for stress free and wonderful party.

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18th Mar

Our session at The Creation Station…

Our session at The Creation Station today was brilliant. Lots of activities which my son thoroughly enjoyed. My son was not overly confident at the beginning but Mark helped him to get involved and use his imagination. I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you The Creation Station, we will be back soon.