Difficult work situations have led to seven mums joining The Creation Station franchise network.


Neela Jackson, from Manchester, joined The Creation Station when she was recently made redundant and decided she wanted to take control of her career. While Claudia Watt, from Milngavie, and Melanie Dawson, from Morden, decided to change their long work hours and commutes to gain more free time to spend with their families.

Jackson said: “When I was made redundant, it made me decided to turn it into an opportunity to do something I really wanted to do, and to ensure that I wasn’t going to be a victim of the government cuts. I didn’t know a great amount about franchising, and I contacted Blue Orchid, a business support centre. They put me in touch with Franchising Works, who encouraged me to research the franchises. I had a huge wow moment when I came across The Creation Station franchise, I didn’t realise that this opportunity even existed. I’m passionate about creativity and education and I could see it would work around my family really well. I worked with Franchising Works and The Creation Station and they helped me to secure an interest free loan for my business. I have just completed my training and have classes running in two weeks. I am so pleased I turned this into the perfect opportunity for me and my family.”


The Creation Station currently has a franchise network of over 50 franchise owners in the UK. Franchise owners provide children’s art and craft classes, children’s Arty Party, and event entertainment.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station, said: “I created the business in 2002 to give me the work life balance I wanted for my family. I continued to be delighted when we can provide others with this flexible and rewarding opportunity that is now working for so many people across the UK. We are running an additional Discovery event on August 17th in Devon, so that families can come along, experience a class and discover how the opportunity may work for them.”

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