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The Creation Station Case Study
Sarah Finan has taken control of her working life and now inspires children's imaginations with her own Creation Station business.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established10 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff16
  • Personal Investment Req.£4,000
  • Total Startup Cost£7,999
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

The Creation Station welcomes Sarah Finan, owner The Creation Station Chatham Maritime

Sarah Finan has taken control of her working life and now inspires children's imaginations with her own Creation Station business. Sarah was the Deputy Childcare Co-Ordinator of children’s centre and decided to take control of her working life to have more time with her own children.

Creation Station - Sarah Finan"So where do I start…, I can’t put into words how honoured I feel and privileged to have been given the opportunity to bring the Creation Station to Kent. Only 5 months into my sparkly magical journey I have already achieved so much. I can truly say that I have loved every second, some very challenging, tiring (physically and emotionally) nerve racking, apprehensive seconds, but most of all moments of excitement, ambition, happiness, feeling proud, determined and passionate. The last emotion for me being the most important.Sarah Finan inspires imaginations in and around Chatham Maritime

After working with children and families for almost 17 years I needed to prioritise my own family and my needs but I wanted to continue to support other children and families, The Creation Station has allowed me to keep doing what I am passionate about, and more importantly be there for my family! I can truly say it was made for me! (Thanks Creative Hub)

I HAVE to make it Outstanding. Nothing less will do. It’s a company with values and ethics that I believe in and so much so I can’t let it be anything less. And on top of that I really have reaped the benefits from it being my perfect job. 13 children at my first session is something I am more than proud of. I have built up amazing relationships with my venue owners as they have seen the benefits of me being there, and I hope can feel my positivity and determination to make it work. I have introduced a dads group and managed 7 events to date, I have 14 parties already booked for this year.

I still can’t quite believe that I run my own business, don’t get me wrong, behind the scenes there is LOTS I need to learn, but I am learning so much, things that I would never have thought I could do! An Excel spread sheet would have scared the life out of me in the past, something I would have delegated, but I am slowly getting used to it all and rather enjoying it surprisingly! Another learning curve and something that I have never had to really put my mind too is marketing, nearly 500 Facebook likes already which I can’t quite believe! But I guess believing in what you are doing is a good seller!

I am OBSESSED with Early years, theories education, but also love delivering Family Fun workshops and Arty Parties with the older children, it has reminded me so much of when I was a children’s holiday rep! I’ve had some amazing feedback which I am so proud of! I can’t believe that I am responsible for it!

It is all of my past jobs rolled into one and more importantly being able to do it and it not impact on my family is why I’m sat here typing this, so thank you The Creation Station for allowing me to do something that really is my passion."

Do you have the same passion and motivation as Sarah and want to be there for your family? Find out more about whether The Creation Station could be right for you by clicking below

Deirdre Brings Her Passion For Creativity To ChesterfieldDeirdre Brings Her Passion For Creativity To Chesterfield

Deirdre has recently joined The Creation Station and now runs art and craft classes for all ages in Chesterfield.

Celebrating An Exciting OpportunityCelebrating An Exciting Opportunity

Meet Tracy the new 'Head Of Inspiration' at The Creation Station Yarm.

From Finance To 5* Family Time With Reshma From The Creation Station EastbourneFrom Finance To 5* Family Time With Reshma From The Creation Station Eastbourne

Reshma was a chartered accountant who had a dream of being self-employed so she started a Creation Station franchise in Eastbourne.

Celebrating Success With Hayley From The Creation Station Swindon SouthCelebrating Success With Hayley From The Creation Station Swindon South

Hayley's passion to achieve a flexible work balance and encourage children to ask questions and solve problems creatively has led her to an exciting new career!

Walking the Glittery Walk with Eleanor of The Creation Station Norwich and BroadlandWalking the Glittery Walk with Eleanor of The Creation Station Norwich and Broadland

Eleanor runs successful, award-winning, classes for all ages in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Stalham and Wroxham.

Reconnecting Families With Sarah Dunn Of The Creation Station Barnsley WestReconnecting Families With Sarah Dunn Of The Creation Station Barnsley West

Sarah Dunn runs successful, award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

5* Award-Winning Creativity And Fun With Claire Darnley5* Award-Winning Creativity And Fun With Claire Darnley

Claire Darnley runs 5* award-winning creative art and craft classes in Halesowen, Birmingham.

Passion And Perseverance Brought Award-Winning Parties To Lancaster And KendalPassion And Perseverance Brought Award-Winning Parties To Lancaster And Kendal

Jo runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Lancaster and Kendal.

From Mermaid To Award-Winning Parties In Brighton and HoveFrom Mermaid To Award-Winning Parties In Brighton and Hove

Jen runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Hove, East Sussex.

Abby Newall is Inspiring Minds in Chichester and ArundelAbby Newall is Inspiring Minds in Chichester and Arundel

Abby Newall runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Chichester and Arundel.

Fantastic Creative Fun in Fareham HampshireFantastic Creative Fun in Fareham Hampshire

Louise was looking for a new challenge and the freedom that flexibility could bring to her working life.

Meet Sarah - Creation Station Franchisee of the Month!Meet Sarah - Creation Station Franchisee of the Month!

Sarah is inspiring the children and adults of Bury North with classes, parties, events, and more!

Celebrating Award Winning Creativity With The Creation Station Cranbrook and ExminsterCelebrating Award Winning Creativity With The Creation Station Cranbrook and Exminster

Sharon Keirle runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Cranbrook, Dawlish, Topsham and Exminster areas.

Jann Thorpe is Inspiring Minds in Macclesfield, CheshireJann Thorpe is Inspiring Minds in Macclesfield, Cheshire

Jann Thorpe runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Macclesfield area.

Chantal Craig is Inspiring Minds in Hitchin And LetchworthChantal Craig is Inspiring Minds in Hitchin And Letchworth

Chantal Craig runs her Creation Station franchise providing creative workshops for adults, kids classes, parties and events to Hitchin, Letchworth and Stotfold.

Claire Lyon Is Inspiring Minds In DoncasterClaire Lyon Is Inspiring Minds In Doncaster

Claire Lyon is making Doncaster super sparkly with her award winning creative workshops.

Vanessa Whitehouse Is Making A DifferenceVanessa Whitehouse Is Making A Difference

Vanessa Whitehouse is making a difference with award winning Creation Station workshops.

Kate's Passion for Art and Creative Exploration Brings Inspiration to her CommunityKate's Passion for Art and Creative Exploration Brings Inspiration to her Community

Kate Knubley is running award-winning Creation Station art and craft classes in Wimborne, Verwood and Broadstone.

New Creation Station classes and parties in Thame & West Aylesbury!New Creation Station classes and parties in Thame & West Aylesbury!

Emma Winterbourne now runs her own award-winning Creation Station franchise in Thame & West Aylesbury.

Creative Children's Classes and Crafting in Coventry West with Vicky!Creative Children's Classes and Crafting in Coventry West with Vicky!

Vicky Whitwell is running award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events in the Coventry West area.

Emma McCalla-John Dreamed Of Being Her Own BossEmma McCalla-John Dreamed Of Being Her Own Boss

Emma McCalla-John invested her twenty years of expertise in teaching music into her dream of being her own boss.

Lisa Hagg celebrates her 6th successful year with her own Creation Station FranchiseLisa Hagg celebrates her 6th successful year with her own Creation Station Franchise

Lisa Hagg tells us about her six years with her Creation Station franchise and her highlights from 2016 so far.

Thinking about changing your career for something more rewarding and flexible?Thinking about changing your career for something more rewarding and flexible?

Find out how Cathy Huston changed career and now runs her own Creation Station business in Preston.

Sarah Cressall is the Founder and Managing Director of The Creation StationSarah Cressall is the Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station

Sarah Cressall talks about the opportunities that The Creation Station has to offer.

Sara le Roux is the owner and inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and DistrictSara le Roux is the owner and inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Sara le Roux gives 10 insider tips that you need to know about running a franchise!

The Creation Station are pleased to introduce Shobhana SankarThe Creation Station are pleased to introduce Shobhana Sankar

Shobhana Sankar inspires imaginations with The Creation Station in Surrey.

Introducing Ruth Morris from The Creation Station AberdeenIntroducing Ruth Morris from The Creation Station Aberdeen

Ruth Morris, owner of The Creation Station Aberdeen and winner of the Best New Franchisee 2014, shares her story of her first year running her own successful business.

The Creation Station are pleased to introduce Tracy HullThe Creation Station are pleased to introduce Tracy Hull

Tracy Hull who runs her Creation Station business in Basingstoke says "I live being a role model to my children.....".

Introducing Kirsty Hickson the owner of The Creation Station in DriffieldIntroducing Kirsty Hickson the owner of The Creation Station in Driffield

Kirsty Hickson says that running her own successful Creation Station business has been the making of her.

The Creation Station welcomes Lois NaylorThe Creation Station welcomes Lois Naylor

Lois Naylor runs The Creation Station Wakefield.

Case Study of Liz Cairns The Creation StationCase Study of Liz Cairns The Creation Station

Liz Cairns passes on her reasons for joing the The Creation Station.

Case Study of Karen Carnsen The Creation StationCase Study of Karen Carnsen The Creation Station

Karen Carnsen says that The Creation Station has given her the confidence to be her own boss and she is very positive about the future.

Case Study of Erika Doerksen, The Creation StationCase Study of Erika Doerksen, The Creation Station

I wanted to have the freedom of choosing my work hours to fit around family life. I knew I wanted to work with children and be my own boss.

Case Study of Neela Jackson The Creation StationCase Study of Neela Jackson The Creation Station

Running my own franchise with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me.

Jackie built a business and had time with her pre-school children with The Creation StationJackie built a business and had time with her pre-school children with The Creation Station

Jackie wanted to ensure she had time with her pre-school children but wanted to steadily build a rewarding business that could grow further when they started school.

Lavinia finds success with The Creation StationLavinia finds success with The Creation Station

Lavinia decided she didn’t want to work for someone else but didn’t want to start a business from scratch.

Lucy achieves her dream of working with families in her area with The Creation Station FranchiseLucy achieves her dream of working with families in her area with The Creation Station Franchise

Lucy wanted to give something back to her community and found the values of The Creation Station could help her achieve a fulfilling and rewarding business opportunity.

“Running a Creation Station franchise is so rewarding” Hayley Sugden, Leeds“Running a Creation Station franchise is so rewarding” Hayley Sugden, Leeds

Following the birth of her twins, Hayley Sugden wanted to go back to work and The Creation Station franchise provided everything she wanted.

What Our Franchisees Say

I have been running my Creation Station franchise since March 2013 and I can honestly say they have been the most fun filled happy months in employment I have ever had.Kirsty Hickson


Who wouldn't love the flexibility of this business! I have been running my franchise for just over four years now and I can honestly say it has ticked all of the boxes I had set down from the beginning with making sure the work/life balance fit in around my family.Penny Gilbert


I've been running my franchise for a year and I love running my own business and being in charge of my own future. It has enabled me to enjoy more time with my family than I would otherwise have had and allowed me to see my baby grow into a little boy.Claire Darnley


Why Choose Us

You can run your own flexible business and help inspire children's imaginations with the UK’s leading art & crafts activity company, Us!

Perfectly designed for a Mum who wants a family friendly financially rewarding future.

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