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Creation Station

Love to run your own flexible, fun and financially rewarding arts and crafts creative business?

Discover how you could be part of the award-winning Creation Station, bringing creativity into all areas of learning, leisure and life.

Over 70 people are inspiring their local community with Tiny Treasure keepsakes, Create clubs and workshop in schools, adult craft evenings, intergenerational fun plus parties and event entertainment.

Investment starts at just £6,000 - £20,000 depending on the which ‘licence to inspire’ you invest in.

Request your free info pack and discover how this could be the opportunity you are looking for, as it is for 70+ existing Creation Station franchise owners. 

Investment Amount:
£0 - £10,000
Industry Sector(s):
Children Franchises, Creative Franchises, Education Franchises, Home Based Franchises, Low Cost Franchises, Women In Franchising

Are you using your skills, drive and passion to achieve the success, fulfilment and happiness you deserve?

Has your career turned into something you don’t love as much now?
Do you have skills you don’t use any more?
Are you at a watershed in your life where you are looking for a fulfilling and exciting new challenge? This could be the fulfilling and financially rewarding opportunity you have been looking for.

 We are proud to be THE most recommended arts and crafts activity experience by customers. Plus we have achieved 5-Star franchise satisfaction and have been ranked in the Elite Franchise top 40 every year since the accolade began.

Driven by purpose, fuelled by imagination

The multi-award-winning Creation Station franchise inspires imaginations and nurtures potential through fun and educational art and craft experiences for all ages.

Loved by customers and franchise partners
Established in 2002, our customers and franchise partners have rated us 5-Star.

  • We are THE most recommended art and craft activity business in the UK 
  • Franchise partners rated us 5-Star in a satisfaction survey
  • We are ranked number 38 in the top 100 Elite franchises

Our recognition in the entertainment, education and franchising sectors includes:

  • Top three out of 5,000 companies in Richard Branson’s Impact Award
  • Winner of the Most Supportive Franchise
  • Winner Excellence and Innovation – Children’s Education Services
  • Winner Best Franchise Children’s Services – Best Franchise Awards
  • Winner Best Website – Franchise Marketing Awards
  • Winner Best Franchisee Marketing Support
  • Winner Sylvia Anderson Award for Creativity 
  • Winner Best Creative Play Award
  • Winner ‘Crème de la Crème’ Business Award

“The Creation Station’s creative activities are a force for good in the community”
Richard Branson

We know that by supporting our fabulous franchise partners we can create a greater  positive impact through the power of creativity.

Created to make a positive impact

The Creation Station was established in 2002 by mum-of-three and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Sarah Cressall. Sarah wanted to give children the opportunity to explore, discover and develop their own skills, ideas and confidence to give them a solid foundation for their life’s journey. Due to the increasing squeeze on creativity in education, and the growth of adult crafting, The Creation Station has seen a phenomenal increase in demand for classes, parties, events and adult crafts.

Franchise Tailored To Suit Your Level Of Ambition

We have a family of 70 franchise partners across the UK who are achieving the flexibility, fulfilment and financial rewards they want.

Some of our franchise partners are parents who want more flexibility; and control over their working hours, doing something rewarding and benefiting from their own hard work.

Some of our franchise partners have an existing business within the leisure or entertainment sector and want to complement their existing range of activities.

Comprehensive range of activities for children and adults

With increasing demand for creativity in all areas of learning, leisure and life, there is huge scope to build your business.

Here are the some of the activities that your Creation Station franchise includes:

Families - this includes Tiny Treasures craft keepsakes, Baby Discover, Little Explorer & Family Fun classes.

Education - this includes After-School Clubs, Holiday Clubs, Saturday Clubs, Home Education and School Workshops.

Adults - this includes Creative Crafter sessions, Crafternoon Tea for retired groups, Care & Creativity for the elderly and Intergenerational Workshops.

Plus you can deliver parties and events in your area too.

You can rest assured with the UK's leading creativity activity company, you will receive the training and on-going support to help you run your own business to achieve your own sense of fulfilment, as well as personal and financial goals.

Your award-winning and outstanding support

From your very first steps with The Creation Station team, you will receive tailored training and support to give you the knowledge, confidence and skills to run your own successful Creation Station franchise. This includes: 

✔ Your own bespoke exclusive territory
✔ You’ll attend The Creation Station academy for your initial seven day online training and support.  
✔ Your own dedicated business buddy
✔ Regular 8-week one-to-one business mentoring calls
✔ Fortnightly masterclass training 
✔ Exclusive membership to our discounted shop with 10,000+ craft supplies
✔ Operations and Marketing support
✔ £2,000 start-up kit included in your investment 
✔ Your own state-of-the-art booking and business management system
✔ Detailed Treasure Trove with all your tried-and-tested session plans, marketing assets, business templates and more.
✔ The support and camaraderie of our exceptional franchise partners

“I could have only dreamt of running my own business, but I mean – where do you start?

Investing in my own Creation Station franchise means investing into a whole network of support, that’s really important to me.

I can gain help, advice, and support anytime. I’m learning a lot. I feel confident and whilst not everything has gone to plan it’s good to have challenges because it motivates me to try even harder to be the very best I can. I smile every day!

I love being my own boss, I’ve time to sing in a choir and play saxophone in a band without worrying about getting everything done. Sometimes I even go out on a school night!”

Emma McCalla John inspires imaginations in Harborne & Batley

100% of Franchise partners have rated the initial training, local and head office support as 5-star.  

Daily life of a franchise partner

We will work with you to create a GROW plan tailored to your needs and aspirations. This gives you total control of your working week.

Depending on your GROW plan, some mornings you may be involved in running hands-on art & craft classes for children and working in partnership with local community organisations. Afternoons you may be involved in running after-school clubs or managing your team to deliver activities.

You will need to spend some of your time marketing, networking and quoting for events and parties. As your business grows, you have the option to take on staff to scale your business. Or if you already have a team we will include your team in a tailored Creation Station Team Academy.

You will be joining our friendly and proactive team who are incredibly supportive so there is help at hand when you need it. 

If you’d like to run your own fulfilling, flexible and financially rewarding business that brings positive creative experiences into learning, leisure and life, then this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Alexis Jervis

The Creation Station Newcastle-under-Lyme & South Cheshire 

Alexis enjoyed corporate life as a senior buyer for a national supermarket, but often she felt like a round peg in a square hole. Alexis has already had an interest in creativity and dreamt of running her own business, but it wasn't until she came across the British Franchise Association website that she discovered the wide range of opportunities that were available. Alexis started her search and soon came across The Creation Station: an established, market-leading franchise, providing award-winning support that matched her values, delivering fun and creative classes, parties and events for kids and adults. She knew that The Creation Station would give her the opportunity and support she needed to achieve a rewarding and fulfilling career, doing something she loved with flexibility for her family needs.

Why did you want to run your own business?

"I have always wanted to run my own business but wouldn't have known where to start setting up a business from scratch."

"I believe that creativity is really important for both children and adults as it allows people to use their imaginations and just think in their own way, be themselves, and have fun. This helps to build self-confidence and social skills which are so important in every aspect of life."

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"I was on Facebook one day and an advert popped up for another franchise which, amongst other things, mentioned about fitting around your family life - something which I was really looking to achieve in my next role so this idea immediately appealed to me. This led me to do more research on franchises via The British Franchise Association (bfa) website- this is a really informative and helpful site as I didn't really know much about franchising. I found a list of all their approved franchises which I excitedly started to search. As I searched I came across The Creation Station, and it just really resonated with me. It looked like the one that would enable me to combine my passion for crafting with running my own business which I could also fit around my family life more flexibly than my previous role."

"As soon as I came across The Creation Station I knew that this was the business for me; the branding was amazing, really professional and eye-catching and the strong values of the business really shone through from my first interaction with the team."

"I downloaded the franchise info pack and went along to a Discovery event. When I met some of the team it really did look and feel like the right opportunity and the numbers all worked for what I was looking for. The business enables me to work, tapping into one of my true passion; crafting, something which I never dreamed could also be my business. Plus I plan my week and can tailor my business to suit me. It really does tick all the boxes for me."

What are you most looking forward to as you launch your own Creation Station?

"The training week was really comprehensive and my first week after training I took over £500 worth of bookings. Already I'm enjoying running my classes and meeting new people, both adults, and children who are just as passionate as I am about getting creative, making new friends and having loads of fun along the way."

How do you and your family feel about the future?

"My husband Jamie has been amazingly supportive and my daughter is already signed up as my number one helper - she's already ordered her special Creation Station 'Creative Helper' uniform!"

"Running my own franchise has already given me more freedom and flexibility to be around for my two young children. Just being able to drop my daughter off at school is something I was never able to do in my previous job."

Aby Mason

Mum of 1, owns The Creation Station Worthing 

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“I wanted to spend more time with my eight year old daughter so decided to utilise my sales and marketing skills and apply my theoretical knowledge of running a small business. I have seen first-hand the difficulties faced by start-up businesses so I researched franchising as this seemed to be a good option. I would have my own business with plenty of support and back up.

“I could see The Creation Station would offer me the flexibility to involve my daughter in my work as well as fit around school. Plus it would allow me to use my creativity as well as my business skills.  Also, The Creation Station is a member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) which really reassured me.”

Jenny Seymour

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Mum of 2, owns The Creation Station West Sheffield

“I didn’t want to miss out any more on my boys growing up and I realised the only person who could do something about it was me.”

“It was a huge step to give up the security of my career having been a solicitor for 16 years, but for me, it is has taken me to a place where I now have the flexibility to be my own boss and to be there when my boys need me! I realised what a fantastic business opportunity The Creation Station provided, it was truly inspiring.”

Jo Sutcliffe

Mum of 2, owns The Creation Station Enfield 

“I was looking for the flexibility which working for myself gives. With my franchise, I can work during school hours and be a mummy before and after – the perfect combination.”

“When I attended the Discovery Morning I just wanted it to match up to my expectations!  And it did.  I found all the team to be really great and very friendly. “

“My background is in sales and advertising, so I feel confident in terms of approaching people marketing too.  The support from head office has given me massive confidence.  It feels like there is a big team behind me, willing me to do well and that is great.

My past working life was very different to running children’s art classes and parties. I studied marketing at university and went into hospitality, managing many different businesses and venues. 

creation station jo

I took an admin job after my son was born so I had more flexibility and I was able to be at home more. The job didn’t satisfy me though and I knew that I had to find a job that was flexible and challenging as I need to have personal achievement in my work.

I knew that I wanted to work for myself and started to search for a business that would suit me and my skills. Franchising appealed to me because of the back-up and support systems that would be provided by the franchisor. I had managed branded venues when I was in the Licensed Trade, so I felt that I would be able to fit into a franchise brand and work within its brand values and structure.

Although I have only been operating for 10 weeks, I have had 30 children attending classes regularly each week. I have met really lovely parents and children and it is a pleasure to go to work. The children are really proud of their creations and the parents are happy and relaxed with their children.

I’ve got big plans to grow my business and I’m working in a model that supports my ambition – however big. In the long term I would hope to be able to expand the business and employ staff locally.

Karen Carnson

Mum of 2, owns The Creation Station Perth and Kinross

“My old job was not giving me the flexibility I needed to put my family first and the office politics were getting more and more frustrating. The Creation Station has given me the confidence to be my own boss and I am very positive about the future.

"As someone who is at the beginning of my journey into franchising, I am very excited about what the future holds. I was working as an Environmental Health Officer but I just wasn’t getting the flexibility I needed to put my family first and work in my old job and office politics were getting more and more frustrating. It was massively important for me to take the step and become my own boss. The Creation Station has given me the confidence to be my own boss and I am very positive about the future, plus I feel safe in the knowledge that they are only a phone call away.

"My husband and I had looked at many options for a more flexible way of working and considered buying a nursery, but the costs involved made it unrealistic. I knew franchising was a lower cost option and has the extra advantages of a head office support team along with being a tried and business model, so I researched flexible franchising to see what options were available. 
creation station karen

"I was very interested in The Creation Station when I found out about them, but I was still apprehensive about leaving the children behind and making the long journey from Perthshire to Devon to attend a Discovery Morning. However it turned out to be a life changing journey.

"I was totally inspired by The Creation Station founder Sarah Cressall - who set up the business in her home in order to meet the needs of her family - and I knew after attending the Discovery Morning and from looking at the videos and testimonials that I wanted to be part of this business.

"The training and support I have received has really prepared me for what is ahead. I have a plan that helps me to focus on what is important and not get bogged down with things that can wait. I have found the support and hand holding from Head Office (AKA Inspiration House) is remarkable considering how much work goes into Discovery Mornings, training and the on-going support.

"When I completed my 3 day training in Devon, my Webpage, Facebook page, Email account and phone number had already been set up and my business was already being marketed for me online. My start up stock was packed up and arrived the week after training.  Unpacking all my kit when it arrived was like Christmas all over again and the look on Holly’s face was priceless – she can’t wait for mummy to start her new job and neither can I."

Erika Doerksen

Mum, owns The Creation Station Norfolk

“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.

"Coming from a creative family and having two crafty daughters myself, it was important for me to be able to work with children and be creative at work. I had worked in a crèche and as a nanny for 2 years, but when I started looking at what to do after having children I had different priorities - I wanted to have the freedom to choose my work hours to fit around family life; I wanted to make my own decisions and be responsible for my successes and failures; I wanted to be the person benefitting from my hard work, not somebody else.

"I looked into many different franchised businesses for women and mums. I really liked the idea of a franchised business because of the start-up support, training and established business model that you’re buying into.

"My friends were quite doubtful on whether it was a good idea, I think it’s hard if you don’t get the support you would like but it was only my husband’s support I needed and he thought it was a great business opportunity too.

"The idea of running your own business is quite daunting, so the Discovery Morning I attended was important to me. It was very helpful and answered all the questions and doubts I had arrived with. 

creation station erika

"Training what not only a time of learning the business and how things are run, but also a time to bond with other new franchisees. This really helped following training in the support calls and hand holding as we were there for each other as well as head office support. In addition to the on-going support, I found the franchisee forum a great help, having a support network of people who understand your worries is essential.

"The learning curve when you start running classes is massive! I was nervous in the build up to me first class but I was calm and feeling settled after the first week. I felt confident very quickly at explaining what I did to people and I was encouraged at seeing how the word about my classes was spreading.

"I have only been running it for 5 months although it feels much longer. I’m now at the stage where holiday sessions fill within a day or so of advertising them, party enquiries are flowing in weekly and more mums are signing up for the whole programme. I’m looking forward to seeing where I am in another 6 months.

"The reaction from children and adults has been very positive. Lots of people comment that there is nothing like this in the area and when their children leave they are singing the songs and don’t want to wash off their superstar stamp! I have some parents that travel from the large towns and cities to attend my holiday sessions. That’s almost a 50 mile round trip!!

"The future is full of opportunity. I feel a lot of the foundation has been laid and it’s now much easier for customers to find me and I’ve also got a good reputation as a party entertainer, which really helps."  

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Wimbledon area

The multi-award-winning Creation Station, is the first and most successful children's Arts and Crafts activity franchise in the UK.

Awarded the 'Best Interactive Business' in the Mumpreneur awards, The Creation Station continues its mission to inspire children's imaginations. With over 120 franchises operating in the UK, the franchise gives people the opportunity to achieve a rewarding work/life balance that compliments a great family life. Due to a change in personal circumstances, the Wimbledon franchisee is looking to sell their successful Creation Station franchise.

Maidenhead area

The multi-award-winning Creation Station, is the first and most successful children's Arts and Crafts activity franchise in the UK.

Awarded the 'Best Interactive Business' in the Mumpreneur awards, The Creation Station continues its mission to inspire children's imaginations. With over 120 franchises operating in the UK, the franchise gives people the opportunity to achieve a rewarding work/life balance that compliments a great family life. The successful Creation Station franchise in Maidenhead has become available as a resale opportunity. 

Why The Creation Station?

The number 1 choice for Mums

At the heart of our success is our team of franchise owners. The majority of the franchise owners are Mums who love the flexibility of the work/life balance and running their own family friendly and financially rewarding fun franchise.

Over 250,000 children and families inspired already and the demand continues...

Children love doing arts and crafts and although many parents understand the well documented benefits of creative play, the lack of space, resources and ideas, as well as the mess and stress at home, means that parents value coming to The Creation Station. Here they can relax, share the 'Journey’s of Discovery and Exploration' with their little one, and walk away with treasured artworks memories.

There is a wealth of opportunities to inspire your community, and this ensures parents and carers keep coming back, no matter what age their child is. Not only this, they will bring their friends too. Here are the wide range of creative experiences that are part of each Creation Station Franchise:

  • Weekly Art and Craft Classes (6 months to 11yrs) – Baby Discovery, Little Explorers and Family Fun
  • Arty Parties - Original arts and crafts birthday party fun with free invites and party bags supplied and filled with treasured artworks
  • Event Entertainment - Engaging family activities for a wide range of partners, including baby shows, corporate family days, county shows, festivals, playgroups - where families gather we can help to inspire them

"You never have to worry what activities you are going to do, because all the session plans have been tried, tested and pre-planned ready for you to use. It's the same with the parties and events - we've planned it and prepared it all for you. We will even deliver all the products you need, at wholesale prices, to your door. This gives you more time with your family when you want it." - Sarah Cressall, Founder and Managing Director

Franchise Support

Setting up your own business can be a daunting prospect for many. It's one of the reasons that the tried and tested model of a successful franchise is so appealing to so many.

It's not just the fact that the business works, but it's also because with the right franchise you receive a wealth of support for the whole time you run your franchise. Straight after training you have three months hand-holding with one of our most successful franchisees and this is just the beginning.

"As a family friendly franchise we understand the demands of working and family life, that's why we have put together a comprehensive training and ongoing support package for you." - Sarah Cressall

  • You receive first class training with three months post-training hand holding with one of our most successful franchisees, plus ongoing support, regional meetings, membership to our forum and additional networking opportunities
  • This is a business with potential to grow at a rate that suits you in an exclusive territory • You will be part of the U.K.'s leading creative activity provider, that's educationally based and actively inspiring children's imaginations
  • You will be able to enjoy a wealth of fun, sociable and rewarding day to day experiences and bring your children along to classes too
  • You will be part of a team that understands how important your family is and will help you manage business and your family commitments

True Life Stories

Carly Miller, who inspires imaginations in Bracknell, stated:

Having worked full-time previously, I never dreamt I could be running such a successful business and having so much time with my 14 month old daughter. I made a return on my investment within the first eight months and the business continues to grow from strength to strength. I was a bit nervous when I started, as I didn't really know anything about franchising, but all the support and help from head office and the other franchisees is really great." 

Faye Williams, who inspires imaginations in Cardiff, stated:

I love being able to work around my family and enjoy the flexibility of running my own Creation Station." 

Jackie Farrow, who inspires imaginations in Guildford, stated:

It's taken off much quicker than I thought it would. My daughter says I have the best job in the world - I tend to agree." 

Lara Reynolds, who inspires imaginations in Basingstoke, stated:

I really wanted a career that worked around my son, but that was also financially rewarding. I love running my Creation Station - its perfect for me." 

Be Our Next Creation Station Success

The number of parents and children experiencing fun arts and crafts at their local Creation Station is increasing daily. There is urgent demand for sessions in areas not yet covered by existing franchise owners. Plus the 'Art-Party' is much sought after by children and parents everywhere.

Our franchise owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You don't need to be artistic as we supply the educationally based, tried and tested session plans, with plenty of scope to use your own creativity if you want to.

With full training, a comprehensive start-up kit and ongoing support, this really could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Get in touch with us today for our exciting information pack.

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