Partner with us

Why partner with Tree Shepherd?

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We work with partners across London to deliver tailored enterprise programmes which enrich the lives of participants and stimulate business growth and community cohesion.

Our partners value our innovative approach, unique insights into community issues and professionalism in delivering high-performing programmes.

Get in touch to find out how we can help you deliver on your objectives with a package of Tree Shepherd support. 

We can help:

  • Local authorities to reach social objectives by running mentoring, business clinics and courses for their local community
  • Corporates to deliver on their CSR objectives and run measured, successful outreach programmes
  • Housing Associations to support their residents, increase employability, job opportunities and create community cohesion
  • Developers to consult with residents and community partners and run community-based programmes

Find out below how we can work with you today.

Local authorities

We work with local authorities to deliver business training, business clinics, mentoring and advise on community integration in local development.

Tree Shepherd is a trusted, established social enterprise which fosters meaningful relationships with residents borough-wide and delivers results. Our approach is based on understanding residents’ needs, and patiently supporting them.

In order that local authorities are better able to reach their social objectives, a package of support for start-ups that is sensitive to community ability and need is essential.  Even from school age, local authority provision continues to focus on the ‘journey to jobs’ without including the entrepreneur option.

It is clear from our social impact reporting that we are bringing about positive, meaningful change in the lives of borough residents.  Through our intervention, entrepreneurialism is enabled, meaningful employment for local people is triggered and employability skills are raised.

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you by emailing

Housing associations

Tree Shepherd works with a number of housing associations to help improve and enrich the lives of residents.

Most recently, Hexagon Housing approached us to help local residents set up their own businesses, responding to a growing interest in self-employment within the area they worked.

The Community Investment Team initially trialled a business advice service, but soon realised residents required a package of support. Tree Shepherd then went on to deliver a  comprehensive Start Your Own Enterprise programme and develop a start-up network. 













By the end of the programme 100% of the respondents said they were ‘confident‘ at starting their own business, with 42% ‘very confident’. We continue to work closely with the CIT and support them as the local businesses flourish.

Read more about our work with housing associations in our Annual Report and Social Impact Study (p. 14-15)

Please get in touch with our CEO, Colin Crooks, to see how we can work with you.

Regeneration Teams and Developers

Tree Shepherd is currently working in several areas that are experiencing intense regeneration.  All the schemes involve significant investment in the fabric of the area, the creation of new jobs and many new houses.  Whilst this will bring new money and opportunity to the area, inevitably this change also creates uncertainty and concern.

We are creating networks of local residents who want to start a new business in their area.  Some of them see great opportunities in the changes that are coming – others want to help the community to navigate those changes. Whatever their motivation we help them to create a business they can be proud of and at the same time create a sense of community as they share their development with other local people.

Simultaneously, many often very long-established businesses will be forced to relocate, and the process is normally quite drawn-out and stressful.  These businesses worry about the challenges of finding and securing new premises and they worry that they will lose customers when they move. And the move itself is extremely emotional and time-consuming.

Tree Shepherd seeks to be involved in an area before planning is agreed, building trust and rapport with the traders and getting to know their concerns and their ideas for the future.  We help them start to plan that future while they have some time to think.

When the development plans then become a reality, we will be there to help these businesses put their plans into action, find the right new space and support them in moving their livelihood and starting again.

Through our empathetic approach we can help you deliver a development that enables new businesses to start up and thrive and helps existing businesses to continue trading.

Corporates and Sponsors
Corporate responsibility opportunity 

Mentor matching

Tree Shepherd is looking for companies who share our vision.  Companies who are keen to get involved in creating enterprising communities that increase local employment and solve local problems.

Established companies and even private individuals can help in so many ways……

We have new businesses that need mentoring, markets that needs sponsoring, people who need training, data that needs to be analysed, enterprises that need investment, schemes that need marketing, stories that need telling.

If you and your colleagues would like to get involved we would be delighted to meet and work out the best way to put your skills, resources and experience into supporting our amazing communities.

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you by emailing

Sponsorship opportunity

Through use of a sponsor’s logo in all communications, promotion of partnership working, attendance and key note addresses at public events, Tree Shepherd can offer a number of benefits:

  • increased visibility and access to a rapidly growing south London business network
  • increased branding recognition
  • kudos associated with supporting a social enterprise that is well-connected with the London-wide business community
  • partner access to marketing and PR events 

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you by emailing

marquee good general shotTree Shepherd provides universities with a wealth of opportunity for engagement. A number are listed below:

  • volunteer opportunities for students
  • commercial work experience placements either at Tree Shepherd HQ or with a small start-up enterprise
  • volunteer mentor opportunities for staff and students
  • live case studies of businesses that are growing in London’s deprived communities which are a very useful tool for study and research around social change
  • a ready enterprise network that students can associate with.

Due to our work with such a large group of entrepreneurial people from London’s inner city communities, universities are able to partner with us, understand more about the dynamics of the 21st Century labour market and how it impacts on people.

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you by emailing

Tree Shepherd Alumni

Tulse Hill LadiesWe are looking to grow a new type of of entrepreneur whose heart is in their home community and who recognise that their growth and success has been achieved through collaboration and co-operation.

In the months ahead we envisage that many will develop profitable businesses and will want to support the Tree Shepherd initiative and contribute to the growth of other fledgling enterprises in their area. We envisage this will take three forms:-

  • Investment in new local start-ups
  • Mentoring
  • Donations to the Tree Shepherd programme

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you by emailing