Mentoring programme launch on 18 March

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18 MARCH, 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 100 Barrington Road, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014, 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

BIS funding to support mentoring Lambeth food and craft start-ups

Tree Shepherd are delighted to announce that we have won funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund to support a host of start-up businesses in Lambeth in the food, hospitality and crafts sectors with mentoring support. We have been operating as social entrepreneur in residence for Lambeth Council for just nine months and are delighted to win this prestigious funding award.

We are relatively small compared with the other major players who won funding, and it is very encouraging to see central government investing in nurturing our indigenous enterprise community.

Our aim is to support up to 120 new businesses, and we are delivering the programme in partnership with many of the key players in the borough, to include Lambeth Cooperative Council, Lambeth Food Partnership, Brixton BID, Vauxhall BID, Waterloo BID, Morley College and the Makerhood network for art, design and food.

Over the coming months, we of course welcome other partners on board as we seek to make sure the programme reaches out to all parts of the Lambeth community.

The businesses we support will range from those running a home kitchen soup service, to street traders, to newly established restaurants; from designers, artists and seamstresses to people planning exhibitions and cooperatives for creative arts.

The food industry in particular is rapidly growing in Lambeth – especially with the growth of the night-time economy: 9% of all Lambeth firms are in the food sector, 10% more than in 2001. With the emergence of Brixton Village, rapid growth in Streatham and West Norwood, developments of street markets and food trade in Waterloo, Vauxhall, Kennington and other areas, Lambeth is definitely a major player in the street food revolution talked of in the 2012 Defra Green Food Project. Caterers are an important link in the supply chain between manufacturers and consumers.

For lovers of great food and the restaurants and venues that cater for them, there is a natural link with art, craft and creative arts. Indeed, the focus for this mentoring programme is ‘feast’ – for the eyes, body and soul, something that the whole community can celebrate and be part of.

The Small Business Survey of 2012 monitored the growth level of small businesses and found that the growth level for those with mentoring was 26% compared with 11% for those without. Mentoring support is vital for developing our businesses.

Our work has already begun, with a number of mentoring relationships already initiated since our success for the bid was announced. Beneficiaries include Robyn Parker of Archie Mac Textile Designs; Rishin Paonaskar’s healthy snack bars; Reshmita Kashyap’s innovative shoulder bags; and Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties to name just a few.

However, we are seeking to attract new volunteer mentors from around and beyond the borough – people who want to be a part of the major resurgence of food and crafts that is transforming the character of the borough, making it an attractive destination for foodies and art lovers alike.

We want the regeneration that we see all around us to benefit the indigenous communities, people who have lived here all their lives. A majority of the start-up businesses that Tree Shepherd support with launch and development are run by people who are coming off benefits and are setting up something they have always dreamed about. The mentoring support will be a lifeline for them.

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18th MARCH, 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 71 Gresham Road, London SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014, 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

BIS Funding to Support Mentoring Lambeth Food and Craft Startups

STOP PRESS! BIS Funding to Support Mentoring in Lambeth Food, Hospitality & Craft Start-up Sector

Tree Shepherd are delighted to announce that we have won funding from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund to support a host of start-up businesses in Lambeth in the food, hospitality and crafts sectors with mentoring support. We have been operating as social entrepreneur in residence for Lambeth Council for just 9 months and are delighted to win this prestigious funding award.

We are relatively small compared with the other major players who won funding and it is very encouraging to see central government investing in nurturing our indigenous enterprise community.

Our aim is to support up to 120 new businesses and we are delivering the programme in partnership with many of the key players in the borough, to include Lambeth Cooperative Council, Lambeth Food Partnership, Brixton BID, Vauxhall BID, Waterloo BID, Morley College and the Makerhood network for art, design and food.

Over the coming months, we of course welcome other partners on board as we seek to make sure the programme reaches out to all parts of the Lambeth community.

The businesses we support will range from those running a home kitchen soup service, to street traders, to newly established restaurants; from designers, artists and seamstresses to people planning exhibitions and cooperatives for creative arts.

The food industry in particular is rapidly growing in Lambeth – particularly with the growth of the night-time economy. 9% of all Lambeth firms are in the food sector, 10% more than in 2001. With the emergence of the Brixton Village, rapid growth in Streatham and West Norwood, developments of street markets and food trade in Waterloo, Vauxhall, Kennington and other areas, Lambeth is definitely a major player in the street food revolution talked of in the 2012 Defra Green Food Project. Caterers are an important link in the supply chain between manufacturers and consumers.

For lovers of great food and the restaurants and venues that cater, there is a natural link with art, craft and creative arts. Indeed the focus for this mentoring programme is ‘feast’ – for the eyes, body and soul, something that the whole community can celebrate and be part of.

The Small Business Survey of 2012 monitored the growth level of small businesses and found that the growth level for those with mentoring was 26% compared with 11% for those without. Mentoring support is vital for developing our businesses.

Our work has already begun, with a number of mentoring relationships already initiated since our success for the bid was announced. Beneficiaries include Robyn Parker of Archie Mac Textile Designs; Rishin Paonaskar’s healthy snack bars; Reshmita Kashyap’s innovative shoulder bags; Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties to name just a few.

However we are seeking to attract new volunteer mentors from around and beyond the borough – people who want to be a part of the major resurgence of food and crafts that is transforming the character of the borough, making it an attractive destination spot for foodies and art lovers alike.

We want the regeneration that we see all around us to benefit the indigenous communities, people who have lived here all their lives. A majority of the start-up businesses that Tree Shepherd support with launch and development are run by people who are coming off benefits and are setting up something they have always dreamed about. The mentoring support will be a lifeline for them.

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18th MARCH 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 71 Gresham Road, London SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

In addition to this exciting official launch, there will be a wide selection of foods, creative arts, music and entertainment

Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties – a mentoring success story for 2014

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Archie Mac London Ltd

Robyn Parker

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Robyn Parker, 28, first met Tree Shepherd by enquiring about our Friday business surgery. She produces amazing cushions and soft furnishings from her own original fabric designs but wanted some help converting her creative talent into a real business that could support and train other women who have been less fortunate.

After meeting with Colin, Robyn decided to attend our Start your own Enterprise course. There she met several other very creative students with whom she is forming a cooperative.

Emerald and Cerise Floral Design

Paulette with floral arrangementPaulette Roberts

Paulette, 56, has a background in design and has always been creative, even making her own clothes as a child aged 10. Working with flowers had always been an interest and in the 1980s she recalls commissions such as  huge foliage pieces for a wine bar and a floral display for an estate agent.

Yet for various reasons she didn’t pursue it then. In 2000 she joined a church and began arranging flower displays for them as a volunteer. Then in 2012, after losing a job in the arts, a friend suggested she return to floral design and this gave her the confidence.

It was an opportune time for her to  come across Tree Shepherd. Her goal for one year’s time is to have a shop selling home products with a floral design studio attached.

The Iron Ladies

Iron LadiesClair Ridgewell

Clair, aged 36, is separated with four children under 10 and lives in West Norwood. She came to the enterprise course in September 2012 after seeing an advert at High Trees. She  was keen to be fully self-employed after finishing – despite the pressures of being threatened with eviction due to the benefit cap.

Clair, who doesn’t have an academic background, was an exemplar student. Soon after completion, Colin met Clair for a Friday surgery catch-up, only to find out that she has come off benefits and launched her cleaning company called The Iron Ladies. She now employs five people.

Integrity Foods Inc

Ainsley veg 2Ainsley Morrison

Ainsley, 41, has seven children. He provides a bespoke service to small businesses and individuals. He buys food supplies such as fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs etc and then sells on to his customers at a small profit. He also does fruit baskets for all occasions, and this is the fastest growing element of his business.

Before we met Ainsley, he tells us he was unsure about marketing or getting funding. He had just been made redundant and had seven hungry mouths to feed. It was definitely time for some action, but he needed that spark to get things going.

That is when, through the recommendation of Broadway, he came across the Tree Shepherd course at Spires in Streatham. As they say, ‘the rest is history’.

Start your own enterprise courses

Tuesday 20 May – Tuesday 24 June 2014 (6 week course)

At: High Trees Development Trust, St Martin’s Learning Centre, 220 Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 2NS
Times: Tuesdays 10am – 4pm
Fee: Free for Lambeth residents on benefits. For others, fees of £30 per day may apply

Surgeries

High Trees Enterprise CourseTree Shepherd runs regular business surgeries, where you can benefit from a one hour consultation with our CEO Colin Crooks.

If you are not yet a member of the Lambeth Forest Enterprise Network:

To attend the business surgery it is advisable to have a business plan. If you don’t, you will be recommended to go on to our ‘start your own enterprise’ course.

If you do have a business plan and are operating as a business, you may book an hour’s consultation with Colin. The fee for this consultation is £45 for Lambeth residents and £75 for non-Lambeth residents.

On receipt of payment a Friday time slot will be booked.

Forest Enterprise Network Members:

After students have had their 1st course one-to-one meeting, they are entitled to up to 2 x FREE consultations with Colin Crooks and this opportunity is to be taken up within 6 months of completing the course.

For Forest Members that have been with Tree Shepherd for 6 months+ the £45 fee will apply for those not on benefits and/or on a family household income greater than £22K. For those still on benefits or a family income less than £22K, a fee of £25 will apply.

Again, on receipt of payment a Friday time slot will be booked.

If Lambeth, all businesses are automatically invited to join the Forest Enterprise Network, increasing its potential for further cross-pollination in terms of generating the local economy.

To book:

Please call Administrator Monique Tomlinson on 020 3697 1541 or email monique@treeshepherd.org.uk

Address for surgery: Office 2, The Brix at St Matthew’s, Brixton SW2 1JF