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Andy Spencer

Andy joins us as an experienced Company Director who has held senior positions including Managing Director, Sales and Marketing Director and Operations Director at UK based organisations primarily in ancillary equipment supply to the road transport industry.

Andy will be lending his support to clients who are beginning their business journey as well as those in established businesses seeking growth and business development assistance. Andy is well placed to be able to offer businesses another perspective in the form of mentoring as well as practical support in the form of training in the sales and marketing arena.

Andy is a keen motorcyclist having recently completed a 10,000 mile tour of North America, an experience which he says was ‘’demanding and rewarding’’ His interest in two wheels extends to mountain biking too. He also builds scale model aircraft in his spare time echoing his passion for manufacturing.

Airedale Enterprise Services – Shortlisted for a National Award

We are very proud to have been shortlisted for a national award at this year’s national conference and awards in London at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf. We have been shortlisted for “Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year” find out on 16th November if we have been successful. Sonia Patel our lovely bubbly social media expert is also up for an award “Unsung Hero of the Year” award we can’t wait.

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The Creation Station

My Business

At the Creation Station, we offer award winning classes, parties and events that will spark children’s imaginations and nurture their creativity. We offer creative activities and classes to enjoy with for babies and pre-school aged children. Family fun creative classes at weekends and in the holidays for ages 2-11 years, crafty fun for grown-ups and creative well-being classes in the care sector. Also, with the squeeze on creativity in the education system, we are proud to support children, parents, teachers and governors with fun and educational after-school Create Clubs, and there is a growing demand for holiday provisions that offer arts and craft activities. People of all ages love to get involved with hands on activities and there is growing evidence to support the huge benefits that art and craft activities have for vulnerable groups such as dementia sufferers, those with learning disabilities and the elderly. We work closely with these groups to ensure that their arts and crafts experience is tailored specifically to their needs and what we offer is absolutely perfect! The great thing about our classes is children and adults enjoying themselves and exploring and celebrating their creativity. 

Where are you based and why is it a good location for your business?

I am based in Skipton, Grassington, Riddlesden and surrounding areas which have captive markets for creative arts due to an abundance of existing creative communities with a diverse range of people.

How did you come up with the idea?

I came across The Creation Station a few years ago when hunting for a career that filled my creative urges and offered flexible working hours. I was impressed with the company’s philosophies and vision for facilitating creativity for all ages and the diverse range of income streams they have developed to enable this. However at the time I didn’t feel ready for the commitment and instead trained as a teacher, but the seed had been sown and earlier this year I decided to trust my instincts and just went for it!

What stage was your business at when you applied for the start-up loan?

When I applied for the loan I had just finished my training week at Head Office. I had written the business plan and worked out the financial forecast with assistance from Fran at Head Office so was just starting out.

How have you used it to grow your business?

The loan I received has been used for a number of items, from premium products to ‘wow’ the children, to venue hire costs so I have the perfect place to inspire imaginations from.

Who is your regional delivery partner and how did they help you get a Virgin StartUp loan?

Phil from Airedale Enterprise Services who was fantastic support throughout the full application process. He guided me through the fine tooth-comb aspects of the application and, in short, ensured no stone was left unturned.

Biggest Achievement so far?

Slime workshops during half term! They were all great successes and even led to bookings for Slime workshops for Beavers and Rainbows which is fantastic.

What’s next for your business?

In the next 12 months I plan to be the go to person for Creative classes, parties & events in Skipton, Grassington, Riddlesden & Surrounding areas – running an exciting and profitable business that will enable me to grow year on year and offer the North West the absolute best in creativity.

Local Creation Station: Owned and run by Melanie Dekker

Loan funds received: £15,000 – £20,000

Based in: West Yorkshire

Website: www.thecreationstation.co.uk

Facebook: @thecreationstation