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The Creation Station Case Study
Jann Thorpe runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Macclesfield area.
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
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

Jann Thorpe is Inspiring Minds in Macclesfield, Cheshire

Jann Thorpe had a successful career in primary education for 14 years. After leaving teaching and taking some time out she searched her job 'wish list' online and discovered 'The Creation Station'.

The Creation Station | Jann ThorpeRecently awarded 'Franchisee Of The Year', she now runs award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in the Macclesfield area.

We asked Jann 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?

"The flexibility and personal responsibility of driving my business in the way that I think is right is one of the amazing benefits of running your own business. I've found my passion and can follow it"

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"It excited me and suited everything I wanted from a job. Running both the pre-school classes and after-school clubs in Macclesfield I have the opportunity to have all the good parts of teaching without the endless marking, assessment, data and Ofsted."

Describe your highlights so far

"Having an ever increasing number of children that continue to come term after term to my after-school clubs in Macclesfield. They come because they enjoy the club and I can see their improvements - in confidence and imagination as well as their skills and understanding of art. They are excited about arts and crafts with the freedom to develop their own ideas along with dedicated time and good quality resources."

How do you feel about the future?

"Really positive! The breadth and potential of the business is enourmous spanning from 'Tiny Treasure newborn keepsake sessions through to 'Care & Creativity' craft workshops in care homes - I am really looking forward to running lots of fantastic craft workshops and events in Macclesfield this year!"

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What Our Franchisees Say

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


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 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


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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