Shobhana Sankar, mum to Bhruhati, inspires imaginations with The Creation Station, Sutton, Surrey franchise.
"After having my daughter my priorities changed. I wanted to be there for my daughter and my family. Running my own franchise with a brand that shared my family values and personal values was the obvious choice for me.
I worked as a research assistant in Molecular Neurobiology, but once I had my daughter my whole world changed. I wanted a flexible career that would fit around my family needs and my own aspirations.
I come from a family who have all run their own businesses, so I understand the hard work that’s involved and also, the satisfaction and rewards that being my own boss would bring. I liked the idea of franchising because of the benefit of a proven business model.
This was going to be a big step for me and I needed to be sure it was right, so my husband and I did a lot of research before investing in my franchise. We attended the British Franchise Exhibition in Manchester in June 2013 as we wanted to only look at professional franchised businesses registered with the British Franchise Association which gave us greater confidence.
We had heard that there would be numerous dedicated experts within the franchising field that we would be able to speak with, this allowed us to be able to make a reasoned decision about which business would work best for us as a family. The Creation Station stood out for us as we believed that we shared the same values and passion in respect of creativity and inspiring children’s imaginations. They are a well established brand across the UK and this gave me great reassurance knowing I would be part of an amazing network.
I felt this was a business I believed in as it allowed me to work with children and watch them grow and develop, focusing on nurturing each child’s creativity. I love the fact that I can bring my daughter along to classes too, not only am I saving on child care costs but I am able to share and inspire her too, which feels wonderful."
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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 Franchiseising 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.
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've bought my franchise from a lady, who has been running it for 18 month at the time and I am now in my 3rd year and am LOVING it!Alexia Ispani
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
Perfectly designed for a Mum who wants a family friendly financially rewarding future.
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