Winner of the most Flexible and Supportive Business Franchise award for mums and dads

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The Creation Station scoops Most Supportive and Top Franchise Award in the Working Mums  awards

The Creation Station, the UK's leading creative arts and crafts franchise was named ‘Overall Top Franchise’ and also gained the ‘Supportive Franchisor Award at’s Franchise Awards.

Creation Station franchise conference - Unleash the Superhero Within

The Awards, sponsored by HSBC, celebrate the best family-friendly franchisors and franchise owners. They recognise franchisors both big and small who have empowered women in business – not only by providing a successful flexible business model but by giving franchise owners the advice and support they need to succeed.

Nineteen franchises were shortlisted for five categories and the top franchise award was chosen from the winners of each of these. The Creation Station was named Overall Top Franchise with the judges saying The Creation Station was very strong across the Award categories, providing a family-friendly, innovative and supportive franchise which was continually moving forwards. It was an established and proven business where the creative passion of its founder was sewn into the very fabric of its model.

The Creation Station also gained the most supportive franchise award. The franchise was praised for the comprehensive, multi-faceted level of support it offered, for the way that the support extended from day one and was ongoing and for its willingness to take feedback from franchisees on board. They saw their franchisees as an ongoing investment and provided ideas, financial support, and personal support, including maternity leave cover.

The Creation Station supports franchises owners who go on maternity leave

The Awards were judged by David Kerrigan, Franchise Director at HSBC Bank plc; Amy Leite, Associate Solicitor at Aquabridge Law; Helen Walbey, National Policy Chair for Health & Diversity at the Federation of Small Businesses; and Gillian Nissim, Founder of

Gillian Nissim, founder of, said: “I would like to congratulate all our winners and shortlisted franchises and franchisees. The standard of this year’s entries was very high and the passion of franchisors and franchisees very impressive. They also showcase models that combine the benefits of self-employment without some of the risks associated with striking out alone.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Top Franchise Awards and to support innovative family-friendly franchises. HSBC has over 25 years’ experience in the franchise industry. Franchises offer the flexibility of self-employment combined with a tried and tested business model. 

Love to find out about joining the most supportive and top UK franchise? 

You can download your Creation Station information pack here.

If you have read the information and would like to have a chat, book a call with Maggie. 

To find out even more, you can attend one of The Creation Station Franchise Discovery events where you will see an actual class, chat to local  franchise owners and we will go through the financials so you can see what the possible returns on investment are.

Once you have been to a Discovery Event and if we both agree it the right for both parties we arrange your training.You can see the next training dates here.  

What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6789 reviews on Trustpilot

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8th Aug

Holiday club fun

My daughter had a great time at holiday club. She came home proudly showing off all of her lovely creations! She had such a brilliant time and I would definitely recommend to others.

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8th Aug

A great holiday club for my boys

A great holiday club for my boys. They very much enjoyed crafting for two days, made some fantastic creations and had lots of fun. Thank you Sara ☺️

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8th Aug

My daughter said to give 5* .Both of…

My daughter said to give 5* .Both of them absolutely loved it. Thank you xx

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7th Aug

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the…

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the holiday club session at Withycombe, when I asked how many stars she would give Sara's sessions, she said 10!

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7th Aug

Fantastic classes!

Emma is so fantastic! The sessions are the highlight of my daughter’s week. She has produced some beautiful work, and is really proud of what she creates. Emma fosters a supportive, encouraging and fun environment for the children to worK in. I would thoroughly recommend her classes!

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7th Aug

Austin had a great couple of days and…

Austin had a great couple of days and was very proud of all the creations he came home with, they are exhibited for all to see! Lovely for him to do something different and being a fairly small group was great for him, not too overwhelming. Thank you x

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7th Aug

It was great

It was great. I really enjoyed taking part with others from my own home

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7th Aug

Great virtual art classes

Great virtual art classes during lockdown- my daughter looks forward to them every week! Great materials supplied through the post and opportunities to learn about shapes, numbers etc.!

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7th Aug

Great class with Lisa

Great class with Lisa, she’s always so helpful and makes the classes really interesting.

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6th Aug

My four year old absolutely loves his creation sessions.

My four year old absolutely loves his creation sessions once a week. He is doing things that I wouldn’t have thought to do and because it’s a set time each week we’re sitting down and doing it together! The bags are prepared for us with everything in that we need and it is so much fun getting the supplies out and waiting to find out what we are going to do with them each week. Eleanor is interactive and I noticed that on week 3 my young man is speaking out to her and wanting to engage with her. We are so happy to have found the creation station.