Chantal Craig brings 5* rated creative workshops for adults, kids classes, parties and events to Hitchin, Letchworth and Stotfold.
Chantal is a trained beauty therapist and was working in the children's activity sector running classes. With an absolute passion for crafting and creating she thought she'd love to run her own inspiring franchise, and with two young children she wanted the flexibility to work around her family whilst still enjoying a fulfilling career. She now runs her own award-winning Creation Station franchise providing fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Hitchin, Letchworth and Stotfold area.
We asked Chantal to share why she loved providing creative activities in her community- this is what she said...
"As a mum to two young children I wanted the flexibility to work around them, and be able to spend as much time with them as I can. It's lovely being able to go to all the school plays and do the school run every day whilst at the same time having a fulfilling career."
"I love working with children and am a very keen crafter, so it seemed a natural fit for me. The reason that I chose a franchise rather than to set something up myself was so I had all the support that I needed. The success rate is so much higher in the first year with the support of a franchise behind you. Starting your own business is never easy, but having the right type of help and support definitely eases the pressure a little."
"I have had such a lovely reaction since starting my business and met the most wonderful families. It's fantastic that so many families keep coming back to my craft classes in Hitchin each term, which to me is the biggest compliment possible. In my pre-school classes, the children's faces light up when I open the magic box, and when they show me their finished art work. They are so proud of themselves and I am very touched that I have helped them to feel like that."
"Really excited! I can't wait to continue building my already very popular party business (16 parties already in the first 3 months of this year!), develop more partnerships with locals businesses, and I will be launching 'Create Club' after school clubs in Hitchin and Letchworth schools next year once my youngest is in school."
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Tracy Hull who runs her Creation Station business in Basingstoke says "I live being a role model to my children.....".
Kirsty Hickson says that running her own successful Creation Station business has been the making of her.
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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.
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.
Running my own franchise with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me.
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 decided she didn’t want to work for someone else but didn’t want to start a business from scratch.
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.
Following the birth of her twins, Hayley Sugden wanted to go back to work and The Creation Station franchise provided everything she wanted.
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 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
I invested in my Creation Station franchise just over a year ago and haven't looked back since!Sara La Roux
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