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The Creation Station Case Study
Claire Darnley runs successful, award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Halesowen, Birmingham.
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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5* Award-Winning Creativity And Fun With Claire Darnley

Claire Darnley had a successful career in marketing and events but wanted to change her path and find something more flexible that would enable her to spend more meaningful time with her family. 

The Creation Station | Claire DarnleyShe was looking for a rewarding and challenging opportunity and now runs successful, award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Halesowen, Birmingham.  

We asked Claire 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?

"I've always been an ambitious, determined and driven individual but after having my little boy I lost my confidence and identity somewhat.  I'd been in my job for 10 years and was 'comfortable'...but the big commute no longer seemed feasible with such a small child."

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"Everything!  It was fun, sociable and crafty - it ticked all my boxes.  It would fit around my new family life and offer me a new opportunity in an area that really interested me and that I was passionate about."

Describe your highlights so far

"I have learnt a huge amount about myself and my skills in the last 5 years.  I simply love the look of excitement on children's faces when I ask them if they want to see what's inside the (Magic Ideas) Box!"

"I once ran a party and at the end the mum told me how impressed she was with my patience and control of the children.  She said she went out of a room of screaming kids (as the party began), and when she came back a few minutes later it was silent and all she could hear was me.  She was amazed at how captivated they were."

How do you feel about the future?

"Very positive and excited! Every day is an adventure and always comes with new and unexpected challenges.  Sometimes I can't believe how much can change and develop over a week." 

Find out how you can start running your own Creation Station classes by clicking below

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What Our Franchisees Say

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


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


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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