Business clinics

New businesses are very vulnerable when they first start out, and they need nurturing and attention as they take root and grow. Tree Shepherd offers free support and guidance to local businesses through its regular face-to-face business clinics. These are confidential one hour sessions where our business advisors share their experience and work with the entrepreneurs to plan ahead and overcome obstacles to business growth.

Typical areas of support include:

  • Understanding your market
  • How to communicate to customers and potential customers
  • Financial implications of a new business
  • Registration and legal issues
  • Our business clinics are free to access for people on benefits, or on household income below £25,100.


Southwark (Canada Water)

1-to-1 business clinics for Southwark residents in and around SE16 only at Canada Water Library Ground Floor, SE16 7AR.

Weekly on Thursdays with Richard Wheater – 10am 11am & 12pm 3 hours
Monthly on 2nd Wednesday per month with Richard Kalmar 1- 1am & 12 pm 2 hours
Monthly with Phil Briscoe from 19th Sept to 13th Dec 1pm-5pm 4 hours


South Bermondsey (Big local works)

1-to-1 business clinics for Southwark residents at Big Local Works, 4 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 3UQ.

All our 2018 October dates have now been completed – please continue to check the Website or email for updates.

Grosvenor will be looking to take forward their community initiatives, including the Start Your Own Enterprise course, in 2019, following a positive planning consent – please check our enterprise course page



Fulham (Community Hall)

To be held at Dorset Wharf Community Hall, W6 9HN, These clinics are running in conjunction with our workshops on Fridays 10am – 3pm:

28th Sept 2018 – complete
26th Oct 2018 – complete
23rd Nov 2018
14th Dec 2018
25th Jan 2019
22nd Feb 2019
22nd Mar 2019


Lambeth (Tulse Hill)

Being held at Glows, Tulse Hill, SW2 2HB

Wednesday weekly clinics starting mid October and running to June 2019. 1 hr slots between 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday fortnighly clinics starting 8th November and running to June 2019. 1 hr slots between 10am to 1pm


Church St – Westminster, Coming Soon!

From Jan 2019 Tree Shepherd will be running a series of business workshops and private business clinics for residents and busnesses in the Church Street area of Westminster. If you’d like to be the first to benefit from this free advice please register here

To book, please call the office at 020 3948 3021 or email


Elephant and Castle Business Owners

If you are running a business within the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Development area, you can book to see one of our business advisor’s by calling our office on 020 3948 3023 or Sandra Ferguson on 07857 386151 or Lydia Gardner on 07561 012895 or by registering here