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The Creation Station Case Study
Sarah Cressall is the Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station and talks about the opportunities that The Creation Station has to offer.
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
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Sarah Cressall is the Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station

Sarah Cressall is the Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station and talks to us about the opportunities that the franchise has to offer:

Who are typical The Creation Station franchisees in terms of their circumstances, experience of situations and how they might balance running a business around other commitments?

We award our franchise to people who share our core values;

Typically our franchise owners want flexibility and the freedom to choose the working hours to run their own successful business. Typically but not always our franchise owners are parents, and are looking for a second income for their family.

Our franchise owners come from a a range of backgrounds including solicitors, Human resources managers, teachers, stay at home mums or dads, graphic artists, retail managers and most recently a Crime Scene investigator. So a wide range of background but all with the desire and drive to run a successful, flexible and fun business.

The Creation Station - Sarah CressallWhat kind of skills are required, in an individual, to run your franchised business?

The skills required are first a foremost being a people person! You have to friendly and approachable and enjoy being with children and adults. You also have to be proactive, adaptable and have a positive attitude and outlook on life.

Just so you know, you don’t have to be creative, and you don’t need any experience of working with children, or teaching as we provide the training and all the plans and resources to help you run your business.

What are the typical benefits sought and gained by franchisees?

Franchise owners have said that they feel more empowered and their confidence has grown. Many say they have made lots of new friends and love being the go to person for creative fun in the area.

We talk a lot about goals in our business and people have set and achieved not just work goals but also personal goals as well.

These have included taking their children to and from school every day, being in control of their working hours, paying for fantastic holidays.

Most of our franchise owners have never ran a business before, so there is a lot training, hand – holding and support available .

This includes a dedicated support team at Creation hub, as well as Business development managers who also run their own Creation Station business, templates for all business needs and press releases, weekly top tip newsletters, Treasure Trove or resources , exclusive trade account on Art & Crafts supplies, all tried and tested session plans, national conference and much more.

We gained the award for the best franchise marketing support which is a testament to our commitment to support franchise owners.

How much scope is there for opening new franchises in respect to existing UK coverage and growing market potential?

We have 100 V.I.P ( Very Inspirational People ) Creation Station franchise owners across the UK. Their exclusive territory size depends on the size of the franchise they invested. Due to demand we do still have areas that we are looking to award a Creation Station franchise.

What roles would the franchisee take in the running of a franchise in this industry sector?

Our franchise owners run the award winning art & crafts classes, parties and events in their own area- they choose their hours and decide how many classes they want to run to fit around their own commitments. Those with children often take their own children to their classes which sees a significant saving on child-care costs.

As their business grows there is scope to take on staff. For the out of school cubs this can be developed into a management franchise where the franchise owners employs others to run the out of school clubs. We help with all aspects of employment when the time is right.

The key benefits of investing in a Creation Station franchise are:

  1. National brand - You are part of a brand that that positively promotes the benefits and values of your services.

  2. Done for you - There is so much to do when setting up by yourself, from company incorporation, investing in a well optimised web site, ensuring reliable cost effective product supply with safety data and tried and tested activities.  Creation Station franchise owners have their web pages set up, and personalised to them. As part of a larger company the site it is optimised to be found locally. Business facebook pages, help with twitter and blog resources are all organised and done for.

  3. Tried & Tested - You gain the benefit of al he developments since 2002. Session plans with extension ideas and low cost high value products are developed and tested and available to you. All the templates you need for your business including terms and conditions, health and safety, risk assessments and all policies are all done for you.

  4. Trust - Our customers are trusting us with the most important people in their lives and we take this very seriously. They will research us and find very positive feedback from thousands of people right across the UK. This can take a long time to establish as a stand alone venture.

  5. Partners - A the leading arts & crats activity company in the UK we are able to work with some of the well know brand in the UK, this includes running workshops for Duplo, Aardman, Sony, Bugaboo, and , appearing on Sky TV, Channel 4, BBC, with many requests for local radio. This all helps support our franchise owners position themselves as the go to people for creative activities in their area.

  6. Ongoing Support - Franchise owners receive comprehensive training that covers operational, business and marketing, plus hand holding the first three months, After this you still keep connected with the the Creative hub team and also with other experienced franchise owners to help and support you. This level of expertise an experience is not available when you start up as a standalone venture.  As your business grows you have help with reviewing your plans and goals with people who know you and your business and are committed to help you.  This means you don’t have to spend night after night writing plans sourcing products and safety sheets. It also means you can get up and running much quicker and start making a profit sooner as well.

What advice would you pass on to people exploring setting up a franchise?

Firstly I would understand why you are looking to run your own business? What are you key drivers and what is most important to you.

Secondly, you will be working, probably, work harder running your business that in any other previous job, so think about the sector that you enjoy working in and
Check out what the day to day activities will involve, will it give you what you are looking for?

Finally,  do your research, what can you find out about them online? Are they easy to find do they have a good digital presence – if you can’t find them easier neither will you prospective customers? Once you have identified the franchises that you feel could work, get their info pack and go along to a discovery event and meet them. Bring your partner or a friend so you can have someone else that you trust to give you their perspective as well.

Franchising is a two way relationship you have to feel confident that they have the systems and capacity to support you and to help you grow your business.

To find out more about starting your own The Creation Station franchise just click 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.

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 Sarah Finan, owner The Creation Station Chatham MaritimeThe 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.

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 invested in my Creation Station franchise just over a year ago and haven't looked back since!Sara La Roux


I've been running my own Creation Station franchise since the end of last year and love it! The head office team are fantastic and the support and advice I've received from them has been invaluable.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


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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