Customer Testimonials – Inveran Lodge


11th May 2015

We were delighted to receive the following feedback from our partners at Inveran Lodge

Rosemary Young OBE stated:

“After a thorough search to find toiletries that were Scottish and that fitted in with the traditional style of Inveran Lodge, I was delighted to find Ness Soaps in Inverness.  All the toiletries are delightful and I was very pleased to have them in place for my Quality Assurance inspection recently.  Guests have been enjoying using them and commenting on their lovely fragrance.  One of the reasons for taking the Bog Myrtle, Lemon and Lavender variety was for the wonderful midge repellent qualities.  Well done all at Ness Soaps and Artysans Café in Inverness.”

Thank you very much for these kind comments.

The Ness Soap Team.

Double your Money!


6th May 2015

Corporate social responsibility and social enterprise are often seen as different ends of a spectrum – ranging from what the good corporations can do alongside their business to the impact at the core of social enterprises’ trading activities. But what if you could double your money? Getting more for your investment is always seen as a good thing – work with Calman Trust and see this happen for your organisation.

Calman Trust is busy building businesses that can support their training and charitable activitites with young people, both by providing opportunities for them and by generating income. We do this because we see these young people as future contributors to society rather than numbers to be “got into work or full time education”.

Our businesses can provide services to your organisation – when you use our Artysans’ catering for your event you get CSR benefits with no extra cost to your organisation. We have the ability to make bespoke promotional goods locally enabling you to be part of the creative process and the community. Then Ness Soaps can provide you with environmentally friendly soap products – in a way you can “wash” your brand with great impact in supporting young people and the environment. Finally Café Artysans is well positioned for a meal or quick coffee in the town centre. All these services help Calman Trust help young people and do not cost you extra budget – leaving the corporate social responsibility money to be used in other ways. Perhaps sponsoring a “Top Apprentice” award at Calman?

As a business based in the Highlands, your organisation cares about the strength of the local community. A stronger community provides you with better employees, more customers and future business. Working with Calman Trust enables you to build a stronger community and get a great return on your budget without spending extra.

See what is right, not what is wrong


27th April 2015

Often visitors to our organisation ask what is wrong with the young people we work with. What an upside down view! We see each person as able to actively contribute to our society and make a difference – we genuinely believe community is about being better together.


As a social enterprise, it is easy to be dismissed as having a “fluffy” view of the world but Calman Trust operates in a very unfluffy space. In order to survive our organisation needs to be commercially rigorous and we need to constantly balance this with ensuring that our work with young people is core to our business.


We believe that the focus on moving young people off benefits is missing the point. What is much more important is that the capability and enthusiasm of young people in the Highlands should not be wasted but that they become active contributors to society. If they simply sit and do nothing there is a cost to society that is more than the cost of benefits, it is the cost of lost opportunities for everyone.


It is important to support young people because the whole community is stronger when everyone participates. There is a benefit to everybody to utllise the entire resource of the community.


Practically we don’t just provide training for the young people we work with. We help them learn how to work, we give them real work experiences and we support them to become able to live independently. We see all their fabulous skills and potential, not what is wrong with them.

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.