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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deirdre has recently joined The Creation Station and now runs art and craft classes for all ages in Chesterfield.
Meet Tracy the new 'Head Of Inspiration' at The Creation Station Yarm.
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!
Jo runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Lancaster and Kendal.
Abby Newall runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Chichester and Arundel.
Louise was looking for a new challenge and the freedom that flexibility could bring to her working life.
Sarah is inspiring the children and adults of Bury North with classes, parties, events, and more!
Jann Thorpe runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Macclesfield area.
Vanessa Whitehouse is making a difference with award winning Creation Station workshops.
Kate Knubley is running award-winning Creation Station art and craft classes in Wimborne, Verwood and Broadstone.
Emma Winterbourne now runs her own award-winning Creation Station franchise in Thame & West Aylesbury.
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 invested her twenty years of expertise in teaching music into her dream of being her own boss.
Shobhana Sankar inspires imaginations with The Creation Station in Surrey.
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.
Lois Naylor runs The Creation Station Wakefield.
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.
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.
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.
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
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'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
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!