"After being made redundant I really wanted to protect and future proof my careerbe self-employed. Running my own Franchiseising with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me" Neela Jackson, owner The Creation Station Pennines franchise.
"Before my daughter was born, I had worked as a lecturer in art for 7 years, and when I became a mum, although I loved the job. Sadly lecturing it didn’t offer the flexibility I needed. when I returned to work, so I took a job as personal advisor for the government funded youth employment and training service – Connexions."
"After government cuts, took hold my job became threatened and it completely changed my perspective on work. The threat of redundancy made me realise I wanted to protect and future proof a flexible career that fitted around my family needs and my own aspirations. I needed to take hold of the situation and be in a position where I was my own boss. that couldn’t be made redundant."
"I favoured franchising because of the reassurance of the support structure and the benefit of a proven business model. that was in place and I was reassured with knowing the business model is proven in other areas around the UK".
"This was going to be a big step for me and I needed to be sure it was right, so I did a lot of research ed before investing in buying my franchise. During that time I was very fortunate to be supported by Franchising Works and the Job Centre who offered advice and made loans available to enable unemployed people move into self-employment."
"Various businesses and also conducted market research to see where there were gaps in the market. The Creation Station was initially suggested as an option by my Franchising Works advisor and I was instantly drawn to the company name, logo, creative art based work and the strong family values that reflected my own values. It completely ticked al the boxes for me."
"During the process of buying my franchise, I was very fortunate to be supported by Franchising Works and the Job Centre who offered advice and made loans available to enable unemployed people move into self-employment."
"When I attended a discovery event I was excited to learn more, yet worried it might not be what I expected. I just hoped I would still feel as positive as I had done leading up to this point, as I had actually been made redundant."
"I was not disappointed! Sarah Cressall, the founder and her team were so friendly, attentive and down to earth. I felt this was a business I believed in far more than the other franchise I’d been considering; there was no significant competition, especially when I learnt about the different potential income sources The Creation Station offered."
"The training gave me a good understanding of how the business works, butand the support carried on through months of weekly conference calls. T, there is also franchisee forum and a dedicated fFranchisesupport Manager, Ian Ballinger, who is alwaysjust a phone call away. That makes a real difference."
"When I started the learning curve was very steep and I had some early nerves to overcome. It’s been great having our weekly support calls with our dedicated Franchisee Support Hand Holder, Ali Webb. Ali was Franchisee of the year in 2009 so she really understands what it’s like to start up. I also realised how physical the work was, It is certainly not a desk job."
"I’m now more than 6 months on and I’m stillreally enjoying my new flexible business work."
"The positive comments, feedback and recommendations from the local community, Parents and children, who love the arts and crafts classes and party experiences I offer, feedback and recommendations are really heart-warming. The positive reception from the local community see how people really appreciate what I’m doing, is the most rewarding thing."
"I have big plans for the future, including growing my sessions and parties and inspiring families everywhere in between betweenOldham and Halifax. I am confident asthe The Creation Station brand and network of other mums continue to develop nationally, it will bring new opportunities for me also."
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Karen Carnsen says that The Creation Station has given her the confidence to be her own boss and she is very positive about the future.
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.
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.
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
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 invested in my Creation Station franchise just over a year ago and haven't looked back since!Sara La Roux
Perfectly designed for a Mum who wants a family friendly financially rewarding future.
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