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The Creation Station Case Study
Vanessa from the creation station Darlington is making a difference with award winning creative workshops.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established20 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff16
  • Personal Investment Req.£2,000
  • Total Startup Cost£8,000
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

Vanessa Whitehouse Is Making A Difference

Vanessa Whitehouse is passionate about making a difference in children's lives. As an experienced primary school teacher with a young family, she really wanted to find the flexibility in her life that would allow her to spend more time with her boys and continue to do the work that she loves.

The Creation Station | Vanessa WhitehouseShe now runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Darlington area.

We asked Vanessa 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 wanted more time with my family and less pressure from my work life. I wanted to be able to do the school runs myself and live without the guilt of missing the special times with my boys."

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"It was the chance to work with children and their families doing all of the things I love the most about teaching. Being part of Creation Station means that I can work with people of all ages developing their creativity and confidence in themselves."

Describe your highlights so far

"Seeing the babies and children so excited by what I bring out each week. I love getting to know lots of new people in my area. I even get to have some 'me' time whilst at work by also joining in during my 'Creative Crafters' adult crafting workshops in Darlington."

How do you feel about the future?

"So excited! I feel more free - and love that I am able to move my business in the direction that I want to. I am really looking forward to running lots of fantastic craft workshops and events in Darlington this year!"

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What Our Franchisees Say

I've been running my own Creation Station franchise since 2014 and love it! The Creative Hub Head Office team are fantastic and the support and advice I've received from them has been invaluable. There's a great national network of franchisees who can answer any question you ask, at any time of the day (or night!)Louise Richardson


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


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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