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
Monthly on 2nd Wednesday per month with Richard Kalmar 1- 1am & 12 pm
Monthly with Phil Briscoe from 19th Sept to 13th Dec 1pm-5pm


Lambeth (Tulse Hill)

Being held at Glows, Tulse Hill, SW2 2HB

We have Wednesday weekly clinics running to July 2019, which are 1 hr slots between 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Our Thursday fortnighly clinics run to July 2019 and are 1 hr slots between 10am to 1pm


Church St – Westminster

Tree Shepherd are currently 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 benefit from this free advice please register here

Clinics usually take place on Wednesdays but can be booked at different times of the week. To book a clinic please contact

We also run Business Enterprise workshops please see our workshop page for more info

For further information, please call the office at 020 3948 3021 or email


Elephant and Castle Business Owners

The 18th February 2019 was the deadline for business plans to be submitted and we successfully helped get 60 business plans into the council, whilst also helping others who are applying for premises outside the offer plus those who are not eligible for affordable units but need help and support to grow. This is where our expertise came in. Through a series of business clinics, peppered with workshops and seminars, our team of business advisors helped the business owners put together their business plans to relocate to affordable units.

The next stage will be assisting and supporting through the relocation and funding support process, more info to follow.
Should you have any questions please contact Lydia Gardner on 07561 012895 or