Scullion Hurls, United Kingdom
“Becoming an ÉCONOMUSÉE® gave us the chance to attract people from our own region and tourists who might otherwise not have come to visit us. Joining a network of artisans allows us to help one another and promote each other.”
Micheal Scullion, Owner
KGB Beer, Sweden
“I was looking for a model to give a solid foundation to my enterprise. After visiting économusées in Quebec, I finally found out how to add value to my start-up business.”
Ian Zackrisson, Owner
Island Chocolates, Canada
“Our presence in the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network has allowed us to express our guiding principles and reach out to a broader audience to foster public awareness of the quality of our products. We see the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network as a powerful representative for artisans.”
Linda Gilbert, Owner
Syse gard – The orchard, Norway
“The implementation of an ÉCONOMUSÉE® in our enterprise allowed us to make a dream come true. Without the support of professionals, we would never have been able to enhance the quality of the experience that we offer and reach the number of visitors that we have today.”
Gro Tveit Uglenes and Hans Uglenes, Owners
Boulangerie Perron, Canada
“By becoming an ÉCONOMUSÉE®, my bakery became a tourism enterprise. Sales have more than doubled in three years though visits leading to an increase in consumer purchases.”
Clément Perron, Owner
Rochefort Maroquinier, Canada
“The ÉCONOMUSÉE® Society Network added value to my trade by enhancing its status. I view it differently now. Without the network, I’m not sure whether I would have continued to pursue it. It’s very motivating, just like a tap on the shoulder.”
Denis Rochefort, Owner
Le Fumoir d’Antan, Canada
“Three generations later, the implementation of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® has completely changed my view of our family business. I can state with great pride that the business has become a sustainable tourism enterprise capable of safeguarding a cultural and architectural jewel of the Magdalene Islands and the last smoker still in operation.”
Benoît Arsenault, Owner
Porcelaine Bousquet, Canada
“ By joining the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network, I gained access to financial support and specialized resources in detail sales. With such a lovely boutique and direct contact with customers, my ÉCONOMUSÉE® has given me the chance to increase my sales. I’m not afraid to say that the ESN saved by business.”
Louise Bousquet, Owner
Supporting artisans for over 20 years.
The Économusée® Network Society (ENS) promoting the Économusée® concept is a not-for profit organization. For 20 years, since its foundation in 1992, the ESM has supported artisans in Quebec, offering advice on transforming enterprises into économusées and showcasing their production. Now grown into an international company, the ENS works with many partners who share the same goals − the continuation of traditional trades and know-how in the field of fine arts and the agri-food sector.
The ENS has expanded its outreach internationally through the creation of partner companies with official status that develop their own networks of ÉCONOMUSÉE® in accordance with the concept.
Michel Gervais, O.C., O.Q., Ph.D.
President of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network Society
A word from Norway.
Our heritage is a manifestation of our past and within it, we find such a vast plethora of lessons, knowledge and values. If anything were to be honoured by the title “the DNA of the Present,” perhaps it should be our heritage. As such, the Économusée® Network is a brilliant conduit for knowledge from our highly skilled artisans to visitors seeking to enrich their lives with contemporary products that may serve as the embodiment of centuries of skills and expertise.
The ultimate strength of our ÉCONOMUSÉE® artisans is their links to their local society. Whilst their products may grace the tables of the pinnacle of international society, such as the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, their claims to a clearly defined terroir are incontestable.
Time and time again, our artisans act as role models for those aspiring to become young entrepreneurs. Artisans aim to help retain young people in communities where no future seems to exist unless employed in traditional male-oriented jobs.
My new role as a Member of the Norwegian Parliament has reinforced my view of the significance of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network as a vehicle to safeguard our heritage.
Helge André Njåstad
Member of the Norway Parliament for Hordaland