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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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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Blog: Self-employed excluded, again – Colin Crooks

Self-employed excluded, again: Mark Whittaker speaks for us all: How can we make do on zero income? Sunak’s scheme turns its back on 3m self-employed once more by Colin Crooks, CEO, Tree Shepherd Another day, another announcement from Rishi Sunak, another devastating blow to the self-employed. Once again, a set of positive new measures from the Chancellor for some, and a big cavernous hole for millions of self-employed up and down the country who are on the brink of financial, and emotional catastrophe. For many COVID is the latest, and worst, in a long line of mistreatment from the Government […]

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Time for a turnaround for self-employed left out in the cold

by Colin Crooks, CEO, Tree Shepherd Marcus Rashford’s campaign for Free School Meals has shown us that a U-turn in the Government’s policies and purse strings is possible. It’s just a shame it takes a celebrity to do this. While we celebrate the Government finally coming to their senses, we know 3 million hard-working small business owners have been left out in the cold by the Government’s complex package of COVID support and are struggling to pay everyday bills. Ordinary, brave people, who took up the challenge of starting a business, to contribute to our economy, alongside part-time work and […]

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Turning stress into success – Employ Yourself course is here!

Second Enrolment Day! 19 May 3 – 5:15pm Confusion, anger, frustration, sadness, worry, cashflow stress? We are all feeling it,  especially since coronavirus descended on us all those weeks ago. And for many of us it started a long time before that. Many of us have been unemployed for a long time, unhappy in jobs, coping with illness, caring for others, making difficult decisions and not knowing where to go next. Whether you have been recently laid off, your business has suddenly stopped, or you have been struggling to find work for several years, one thing is for certain – […]

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Connecting Tulse Hill: Help our crowdfunding campaign

Connecting Tulse Hill Please support the crowdfunding campaign being led by High Trees, Tree Shepherd and Jubilee Primary School. Find out more here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/connecting-tulse-hill What are we trying to achieve? The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for many Lambeth residents. The move to remote delivery of many key services has left certain individuals isolated and excluded during this time. Many individuals and families in Tulse Hill are particularly hard hit with 1 in 6 households without either wifi or digital devices to stay connected. The digital world we live in means that wifi access is no longer […]

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