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'Strengthening Communities: Diverse Approaches to Business Success' 

A selection of on-board workshops delivered by successful rural business owners, promoting prosperous island living.



27 March 2019 


The pilot will be held on the Oban to Colonsay route on the MV Clansman. Guests will meet in the Oban terminal at 11:30am and be met by a Steward to board the vessel.


£14.80 per delegate.  Costs covers ferry fare (non-landing cruise, Oban>Colonsay), access to conference & lunch/teas/coffees.


To book your space, call: 0800 066 5000. Quote booking code: 25

For our International customers, call: +44 (0)1475 650 397



11:30 - Meet in Oban terminal building. Collect tickets and board vessel.

12:15 - Vessel departs. Progress to Observation lounge.

12:30 - Andrew Abrahams, Colonsay Black Bees/Isle of Colonsay Oysters

12:50 - Stewart Graham, Gael Force Group Holdings Limited

13:10 - Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Distillery Company Limited

13:30 - 14:30 - Discussion session

14:30 - Lunch

15:10 - Stewart MacLennan, Tiree Music Festival/MacLennan Motors

15:30 - Rachael RossLoch Melfort Hotel/People Matters

15:50 - Alastair Barge, Gigha Halibut Limited

16:10 - Discussion session

17:00 - Arrive back in Oban.


This initiative was formed via the CalMac Community Board.  It is an event in which a selection of successful business owners from around the network deliver a series of on-board workshops to targeted individuals (delegates) who may have considered the idea of owning a business on the islands and becoming residents there.

This event objective encapsulates two concepts: the core being that of providing a platform to engage individuals (delegates) who may have considered the idea of owning a business on the islands/becoming residents there and the secondary idea of a networking/connectivity event aiming to bring together businesses and entrepreneurs across the network.

The primary idea promotes the longer term ambition of the project being an economic enabler; not just a short term networking outlet.  CalMac will facilitate the initial pilot, although should the model be a success, additional communities thereafter may wish to employ the model within their area and/or on their route.  This would be promoted via the Community Board and the Community Engagement that they do on a regular basis, with only initial support from us.

Call 0800 066 5000 to book your space now!

Colonsay Oysters Loch Melford HotelColonsay BeesGael ForceGigha HallibutTMFMacLennan Motors LOGO

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