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The Creation Station Case Study
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.
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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Celebrating Award Winning Creativity With The Creation Station Cranbrook and Exminster

As a qualified primary school teaching specialising in early years, Sharon Keirle saw how creativity was losing it's focus within the school curriculum.

The Creation Station | Sharon KeirleBelieving that creativity is a fundamental part of inspiring people of all ages she left teaching to persue a new career and now 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.

We asked Sharon to share why she loved providing creative activities in her community- this is what she said:

Why did you want to run your own business?

"My family are my priority so I wanted to be able to fit my work around them and also have something that can change and adapt as their needs change. I loved being a teacher, but found that I was having less and less time actually teaching and I wanted to be able to use my creative skills to inspire children and enjoy learning again."

"Creativity is so much more than being arty or musical. It is a mindset and way of thinking that opens up so many possibilities...we need to ensure children develop their creative skills and thinking. At 'The Creation Station' we embrace and celebrate everyone's creativity in whatever form it takes"

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"As I had never run my own business before I didn't feel confident that I had all the skills necessary to run my own business so was looking for a proven business model which provided excellent support. The values and ethos encompassed everything I believe in and we are like one big family."

Describe your highlights so far

"I have loved visiting different nurseries to deliver our 'Little Explorer' pre-school art and craft sessions. Our art and craft holiday clubs across the school holidays with Tyrell Sports are fab and I love working with other local businesses such as Powderham Castle and The Orange Elephant."

"I love how I can spend my days inspring everyone from babies in our newborn keepsake sessions to the elderly in our 'Care and Creativity' craft workshops in the care sector."

How do you feel about the future?

"Excited, happy and content! Everyday is different and I hope to lead the way in developing and delivering STEAM workshops in local schools and pre-schools and to run more corporate events for team building and mindfulness."

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What Our Franchisees Say

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


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


Why Choose Us

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

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

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