Welcome to our new CEO

Sandra Ferguson has taken up the position as Chief Executive Officer at Tree Shepherd following the departure of Colin Crooks MBE who founded the social enterprise ten years ago. The announcement that Colin was leaving Tree Shepherd to pursue new interests was made in December last year. Sandra was previously Programme Development Manager and joined Tree Shepherd in April 2018 bringing her experience of delivering services to support charities and government funded agencies. Since joining the organisation, Sandra has been responsible for leading the work in SE16 area developing Thrive, a low-cost workspace for local residents who are interested in developing […]

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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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*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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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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Mental health during lockdown: New workshop

It’s no news that we are all feeling the strain after months of grappling with COVID. The lockdowns, the restrictions on seeing families and friends, the uncertainty, the questioning of our every move – “have we sanitised”, “was he wearing a mask”, “what does the future hold”? As much as we have our best intentions to use every lockdown and restricted evening to sort out the cupboard / our finances / job hunt / do something practical, the tiredness and frustration of months of negotiating all these decisions and worries takes a toll. For business owners, freelancers, sole traders, it’s […]

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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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Thrive has re-opened with COVID secure features!

Our business centre Thrive has undergone a radical transformation in order to help local start-ups get back on their feet post-COVID. The newly re-vamped space will provide brand new individual, truly affordable offices, meeting rooms and makerspaces for local entrepreneurs all with COVID security features – to help start-ups grow in what’s been the most challenging year ever for small business. The opening comes as the UK announces it’s in officially in recession, for the first time in 11 years. New COVID security features Supported by British Land and run by Tree Shepherd, Thrive, which was first opened last year, […]

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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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