Artist Rosalind Hobley wins Church Street prize

Winner of our Church Street prize, a £100 e-voucher, for submitting her business plan (randomly pulled out of a hat!) is Rosalind Hobley, an artist creating stunning cyanotype portraits and images from her studio in Westminster. Rosalind has been on our business planning course and we were blown away by her beautiful pictures. Let’s meet her….   TS: Hi Rosalind, congratulations! So what involvement have you had with Tree Shepherd?  I have done a business planning course with one of Tree Shepherd’s trainers, and am currently working with another trainer, Lorenzo, who has been giving very helpful suggestions about how […]

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Westminster mobility device inventor wins Church Street competition

Well we’ve had another successful round of our Church Street business plan competition – with the winner of a £100 e-voucher being Shahrokh Mohammadi (Ph.D.). Let’s hear about his exciting new business idea….. TS: Tell us about your business, what do you do? Shahrokh: We are developing a unique device to allow the elderly, partially able and those with reduced mobility to exercise. It’s a device that can be used in bed, used in a seated or standing position for the legs. The same device can be used for exercising the arms when hung on a wall. It’s a new […]

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Jon Daniel: Five Funky Philosophies for all Start-Ups and Designers

In his own words, some lessons from inspirational creative and local legend, Jon Daniel – credit http://www.jon-daniel.com/  Read more about Jon Daniel’s extraordinary life here AFRONOWISM! FIVE FUNKY PHILOSOPHIES I was that kid at school who was always restless. ‘Distracted’. ‘Boisterous’. ‘Excitable’. Just a few of the adjectives that were used to describe me in my school reports. All this much is true, as I have always had a relentless energy and over-active mind and imagination. I was, and still am a dreamer, and I know that I am not alone in these feelings. I also have an abiding passion […]

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Black History Month: Remembering Jon Daniel – a much-loved creative and supporter of local entrepreneurs

To celebrate Black History Month we look back to one of the most loved and respected local heroes in Herne Hill, Brixton and London – creative designer Jon Daniel. Jon was an award-winning creative director whose range of work – from ad campaigns, to magazine columns and exhibition curation led to accolades and notoriety across London and further afield. Born in London in 1966 and a long-term resident of Milkwood Road in Herne Hill, his mother, Sheila, came from Grenada and worked as a district nurse and his father, Horace, came from Barbados and worked for London Transport before moving […]

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Black Lives Matter: Dynamic Dialogues – Join Us

Are you a Black trader or entrepreneur? As part of Tree Shepherd’s quest to address racism we are organising a series of workshops to discuss the impact,this has had on Black entrepreneurs and traders.  Would you be willing to give us two hours of your time to participate in a conversation with 6 or 8 other people on Zoom?  Tree Shepherd will be hosting these workshops on: Monday 28th  September 1pm – 2.30pm  and Tuesday 29th September 1pm – 2.30pm  At Tree Shepherd, we aim to provide business support that makes a real difference. We would like to listen to you […]

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September Church Street competition opens.. and first winner Nur gives prize back to Tree Shepherd!

You may recall that a few short weeks ago we launched a competition to win £100 Love to Shop vouchers for start-ups in or near Church Street that submitted a business plan. Well the September round is now open, so get submitting! Email your business plans to rhona@treeshepherd.org.uk now. In Church Street, Westminster we are providing mentoring, business advice, courses and guidance to anyone looking to start up a business. If you would like to know more about our work or get involved please get in touch So, we have our first ever winner Nur Abdullah-Perkins – but in an unexpected twist, […]

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Blog from CEO Colin Crooks: Could COVID trigger a revival of the High Street? What will this mean for our community? 

Will there be a second wave of COVID? Are we ever getting out of this?  It seems that each day the news is full of more stories of COVID spikes, lockdown worries, cases and deaths going up and down. One thing is for sure, during this time, working from home has become the ‘new normal’ for thousands of us. The slink between the bedroom to the living room, the hasty hairbrush before (some of) you turn on the webcam for your office Zoom chat. Then every lunchtime, that break out into the local high street to collect some groceries, get a coffee, get some exercise. We […]

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Re-opened: New GLOWS offices and makerspace!

  We are delighted to announce our re-furbished makerspace and offices are now open for business! Come and join us to learn more! We now have: Offices and meeting rooms New spaces for businesses to grow and flourish together: 4 brand new offices  from 100 – 140 sqft with 24/7 access meeting rooms, bookable by the half-day or day, from 60 sqft (for 2 people) to 220 sqft (up to 6 people) super-fast WiFi bustling business community printing facilities shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Makerspace A friendly community of makers, with: large, clean workstations perfect for pattern cutting and working with […]

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Elephant and Castle Update

As the days count down to the closure of Elephant and Castle shopping centre, Tree Shepherd is working with traders to help them into new premises and assist those who haven’t been allocated new locations with their future business plans. To find out more about our work in Elephant and Castle or for more support please call us on 020 3948 3020 or email info@treeshepherd.org.uk  

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Blog: 10 things COVID taught us about local businesses – CEO Colin Crooks

We are re-emerging… slowly but surely. It seems that the Thursday night clapping with our neighbours will soon be a distant memory, as will our cycle trips through empty streets, our excitement at the re-opening of a local coffee shop, or the pleasant chats with the owner of the corner shop or the beloved local grocer. Of course, it could not last forever. But as we start to pick up our new normal routines and go back to work, will we remember the warmth of these simple moments, the power of community, the value of local business? Lest we forget… […]

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