A foundation set up by a celebrity chef to enable disadvantaged young people to work and train in a successful leading restaurant and build skills to become professional chefs.

circleindigo enabled a professional kitchen staff to unlock their thinking and consider new ways in which they could create a successful restaurant combined with an effective learning environment for young disadvantaged people.

Business need

  • To enable professional chefs to unlock their thinking and develop skills to engage, work with and train young people (trainees)
  • To develop and improve communication between the chefs and the trainees
  • To build internal training delivery capability and provide a model of good practice for future restaurants

What circleindigo did

  • Consultation with internal stakeholders
  • Designed and delivered a series of experiential two day workshops for professional chef staff to unlock their thinking and work with new tools and approaches
  • Delivered one to one coaching over a three month period to enable the chefs to reflect on their learning and review how they were using the new tools and approaches
  • Designed and delivered workshops for trainees to enable them to unlock their thinking, see more possibility and take responsibility for their own learning experience


As a result the professional staff:

  • Unlocked thinking and could see greater value in working with and supporting the trainees
  • Improved teaching and mentoring skills
  • Developed effective communication, coaching and conflict resolution skills
  • Increased ability to build relationships and support the trainees to learn
  • Created a constructive learning environment in the kitchen
  • Experienced positive personal change and benefits from using new tools and approaches
  • Experienced more cohesive teamwork in the kitchen

As a result the trainees

  • Developed a greater understanding of how to manage personal learning experience
  • Increased awareness of change process and how to manage this in the context of the training
  • Developed skills and approaches that enabled them to work effectively with professional staff
  • Unlocked thinking in relation to what they could personally achieve

Client feedback

The truth is circleindigo have done a great job for us and have done the thing which consultants rarely in my experience do – genuinely empower your client to carry on without you. We loved working with circleindigo, very creative and insightful people.

Charity Foundation


Private, public, third sector clients

  • Shoreditch Trust
  • Vodafone
  • IMS
  • Spear
  • Centrica
  • Barclay Card
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Diageo
  • Training and Development Agency (TDA)
  • Learn Purple
  • Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation
  • Diabetes UK
  • University of Leicester
  • Novartis
  • Barclays
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Police Strategy Unit (PSU)
  • Stakeholder Forum For a Sustainable Future
  • Elavon
  • Zero Waste Scotland
  • Pace
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA
  • RSA
  • Severn Trent Services
  • Clinical Research Network
  • Maritime Cluster
  • Turkcell
  • Ministry of Defence (M.o.D)
  • Participle
  • Triodis Bank
  • Zurich
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Broadway Theatre
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Hockerill College
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Institute of Education (IoE)
  • Change First
  • Hyde Plus
  • Action For Children
  • British Gas
  • Walt Disney
  • Scott Wilson
  • jkr
  • The Prince’s Trust
  • Business, Innovation & Skills UK Government Department
  • Ident Trust
  • West Kent Arts Patnership
  • Allergan
  • Allianz
  • McDonalds
  • Government Office for London
  • Sareos
  • Natwest
  • BP
  • Mental Health Research Network (MHRN)
  • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
  • MARS
  • Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR)
  • Virgin Media
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • UCAS
  • MBNA
  • The Talent Foundation
  • ACAS
  • RBS
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • BT
  • QBE
  • WiPM (Women in Project Management)
  • Cubic
  • Johnson Service Group PLC
  • Catalyst
  • KnowledgeBrief
  • Eurojet
  • Citi
  • Home Office
  • Brit Insurance
  • European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
  • Independent Living Fund – Scotland
  • Harris HospisCare
  • Upstage
  • Training for Life
  • The Royal British Legion
  • St. Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation & Peace
  • School-Home Support
  • Greenwich Local Authority Childrens Services
  • University of Westminster
  • Fifteen Foundation
  • Cross Roads Care
  • English National Balle
  • BBC
  • Bruel & Kjaer
  • NHS

Our clients

We work with profit and non-profit organisations, cross-sector and cross-industry with executive and leadership teams, staff at all levels, customers, suppliers and prospective partners.

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