Michael Moore Visits Cafe Artysans


10th April 2013

We were delighted to receive a visit to cafe Artysans from Secretary of State for Scotland, The Right Honourable Michael Moore MP, on 9th April 2013.

Mr Moore enjoyed a hearty breakfast and talked with staff about what goes on in the cafe. Mr Moore was particularly interested in the unique nature of the work and training model which is provided at Artysans and wanted to talk with staff about how they benefit from this. There was really good discussion about on the job learning, and staff were able to describe their own experiences of their time at Artysans.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Mr Moore and his team for taking the time to come and visit and see the good work that we do at Artysans. Hopefully we will have another visit from Mr Moore in the not too distant future.

Hotel Artysans – The Vision

Hotel Artysans - Artist Impression

10th April 2013

To deliver exceptional customer service, every time, while transforming the way young people learn. What sets us apart is our ability to align our customers, our business and our young people.

With our business partners, Albyn Housing Society, Calman is working towards establishing a commercial hotel on the site of the new Inverness campus, planned opening date 2016 http://www.invernesscampus.co.uk/partners/albyn-housing-and-calman-trust.html.

As at our Cafe Artysans, every task is a training experience, and every year, using the Calman proven model of work-based learning, 40 young people will learn while they work consistently to the high standard required in a 4-star hotel, with opportunity to achieve a qualification in one or more of the many trades found within a quality hotel.

The business model is designed to maximise hotel income and use surplus generated towards the social benefit of real-work training for young people who are not engaged in mainstream learning. It is projected that after 5 years operating, hotel income will meet the costs of training for the long term, independent of requirement for public funding.

Calman Acquires Ness Soap

Ness Soap

10th April 2013

Calman has acquired over Ness Soap, the popular Inverness toiletries brand, after the company went into liquidation earlier this month. Located in the same premises, Calman are looking to rebuild and grow the Ness Soap brand, providing quality handmade products to its customers. In rebuilding Ness Soap we also aim to ensure that the business continues to provide training opportunities for people facing barriers to gaining employment as well as rebuild and grow the business. The Ness Soap range of natural handmade soap, body and bath products will also be available to buy online and in stores.

Ness Soap has an excellent reputation as a social enterprise producing great products and providing a valuable service for the community. We hope to build on this legacy and make it stronger, delivering on the founders’ ambitions for the company. We know the brand has a loyal customer base at home and abroad and we plan to grow sales online and in retail outlets throughout the country as well as increasing our relationship with businesses and hotels in providing their complementary toiletries requirements.

This combination of a quality business providing added benefit, where every customer transaction is a training opportunity, is a perfect match for Calman. From our work at neighbouring Cafe Artysans, we see how much young people benefit from learning the skills for work as the staff team in a real business, and this will enable us to do more.

Calman Services Come Together Under One Roof

9th April 2013

Calman services in Easter Ross have recently moved to new premises in Invergordon. Whilst this has been a big change for staff, some of whom had worked from the Alness base for a number of years, everyone has settled in well and are enjoying the new environment.

The significant and overwhelming benefit of this move is that young people are able to access all the services which Calman have to offer – be that housing support, training or employment support and training – under one roof. Calman has always ensured that young people have equal access to all services which it has available, but Invergordon is the first ‘one stop shop’, which will help ensure that young people get the support that they need from Calman when they need it.