Statement from Tree Shepherd on Black Lives Matter: We Want to Hear from You

We have all seen in the news the shocking murder of George Floyd and on-going violence being perpetrated on black people worldwide.  With the rest of the world, we condemn this appalling racism, and we also know that racism pervades many UK institutions and we deplore that fact. We have seen how many of our institutions are inherently racist and how the black community have to struggle daily to get a fair deal.  By holding back future leaders, stifling entrepreneurship and forcing the black community to work much harder to achieve goals their white counterparts readily access, our country is increasing social tensions and losing out on so much talent. The Tree Shepherd family […]

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Tree Shepherd Enterprise Manifesto for the Forgotten Millions

Our 9 point enterprise manifesto for the forgotten millions This is our bold 9 point manifesto for really getting to grips with one of our most profound social problems: the deep-seated unemployment that pervades so many parts of our country but which remains hidden from view.  Long-term unemployment destroys people’s self-confidence, damages their health and eats away at communities.  We believe that a concerted focus on supporting businesses to start up and thrive in such areas is the best and most sustainable way to create the One Million Jobs that our most deprived areas need and deserve.  1. Concentrate on […]

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Strategic reporting for a better society

In December we heard that the Government’s Behavioural Insights team, or “Nudge” Unit, had found a way to persuade more than 100,000 extra people a year will carry donor cards. Their insight has helped solve one of the NHS’s most frustrating conundrums – how to increase the number of people on Britain’s Organ Donor Register. Surveys regularly show that 90%of us support the principle of donation – yet only a third bother to join the register.  As a result, three people a day die because there are not enough donors. The most important feature of the new messages recommended by the Nudge […]

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L plates for entrepreneurs

As a society we are very supportive of people when they are learning.  When we open the new Christmas game we take a few dummy runs at it so the whole family can learn the rules.  When I was a kid we even had a “doggy’s chance” whereby a younger player might be let off losing the first time so they could stay in the game. At school, students take mock exams to get themselves used to exam conditions and to practise the dark art of examination technique. When we start a job we go through a probation period so […]

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Want to start your own business? Tackling the fear of failure

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You’re not alone. The RBS Enterprise Tracker, a regular survey into what we think about entrepreneurship, – http://unltd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RBS-Youth-Enterprise-Tracker-Summary_2nd-Quarter-2013-FINAL.pdf – reports that 38% of the UK’s adult population who are not currently self-employed would like to start their own business. At the same time that millions of us want to start businesses, there are also millions of us looking for work. According to the latest official unemployment figures – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24045546 -, nearly 4million of us are currently either out of work or working part-time because we’re not able to find a full-time […]

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