New SW9 Start Your Own Enterprise Course

We are pleased to announce a new course for residents of SW9 Community Housing residents, led by Tree Shepherd’s trainer Georgina Wilson. The 8 week course goes through every stage of business development, from an initial idea, to marketing, cashflow, business processes and managing customers and is exclusively for SW9 Community Housing residents. The course has already kicked off but please get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more or similar courses in the future.  

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Aspiring2Be: For young black boys

An absolutely great opportunity for our young black boys between the ages of 16 – 24 to access training, mentoring and get some fantastic advice via Aspiring 2 Be’s project called “Black Boys Can Be” Sign up here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZXQVSNY and tell your friends and family. Check it out on Facebook  and their awesome website here: http://aspiring2be.org.uk/  

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*NEW* Funding for Southwark start-ups (including those excluded from Government)

If you were previously unable to claim funds from the Government and / or your business has been affected by COVID – check out Southwark’s Additional Restrictions Grant HERE Info from the website copied and pasted below (please refer to Southwark Website for full details) Round 1 of the Additional Restrictions Grant covered the period of the national lockdown between 5 November and 2 December 2020. Applications opened on 24 November and closed on 15 December. Round 2 of the Additional Restrictions Grant is now open for micro and small businesses in Southwark that have been legally required to close […]

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Advanced Etsy Course

Come and join our Advanced Etsy Course to learn how to make your product cut through. Join up by emailing us on info@treeshepherd.org.uk or calling 020 3948 3020

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Tier 4 Christmas Update

In the final few days before Christmas, here’s a quick update on where we are with Tier 4 restrictions. Our staff are pausing for the winter break, with GLOWS and Thrive open to all our existing members who are keyholders, and we will be  considering new applications in January subject to the government’s latest guidance. We wish you all a peaceful end to the year, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Merry Christmas!  

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Tree Shepherd's Colin speaking to a workshop participant

Important Announcement From Colin Crooks!

Our Founder and Chief Executive, Colin Crooks, has announced he is stepping down after 9 years developing Tree Shepherd’s unique service. Colin established Tree Shepherd in November 2011. Now, as he approaches 60, he is seeking new challenges for his social entrepreneurial approach. Colin will officially step down in April 2021 but will stay connected to Tree Shepherd as senior business advisor.  The trustees are delighted to announce that Sandra Ferguson, currently Tree Shepherd’s Programme Development Manager will take on the role of CEO. ‘I have so enjoyed growing Tree Shepherd from a tiny seed to the flourishing organisation it […]

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Workshop – Going Digital: How to market your business on social media and sell online

We know this has been a testing time and many of you have been affected by the recent lockdown. We want to provide some light at the end of the tunnel and to help you to explore different ways of reaching your customers.  Going digital webinar Going Digital: How to market your business on social media and sell online Delivered by London Southbank University for Tree Shepherd. When: Wednesday 16th Dec 2020 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm via Zoom In this workshop we will first explore the world of social media and look at how different platforms can help you to […]

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Thrive Christmas Gift Guide

Are you looking for Christmas Gifts for someone special? Are you interested in supporting businesses local to Canada Water? Then look no further. All the small-businesses featured in this Christmas Gift Guide are based in our affordable workspace in Canada Water, Thrive. See details below of the range of products emerging from this former restaurant and for details of how to place your orders. About Thrive Thrive is a low-cost workspace and business support hub in Canada Water, run by Tree Shepherd in partnership with British Land as part of the Canada Water Masterplan. The project has transformed a former […]

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