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.

We have an awesome team of business mentors available, so its normally just a short phone call to understand your needs and match you up with a suitable mentor, should you have any questions or would like to reserve a clinic space, please contact

We currently have the following programmes running


Southwark (Canada Water SE16)

1-to-1 business clinics for residents in and around SE16.
Free and confidential business support

  • When : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Where : Canada Water Library Ground Floor, SE16 7AR / Thrive, Unit 4 Surrey Quays Leisure Park, Redriff Road, SE16 2XU.
  • Timeslots : up to One hour between 10am & 4pm


Church Street, Westminster

Tree Shepherd are currently running a series of business workshops and private business clinics for residents and business/s in the Church Street area of Westminster.
Clinics usually take place on Wednesdays but can be booked at different times of the week. To book a clinic please contact

  • When :  Wednesdays, however, other day may be available
  • Where : Vital office, Edgware Road, Westminster
  • Timeslots: Up to one hour

Church Street, Westminster: Workshops, September to November 2019

Up to November 2020, we will be running a series of workshops for residents and local businesses in the Church St area

Quick Guides to business planning
4th & 11th September, 6pm to 8pm

An easy to follow two-part evening programme for completing your business plan. You must attend both Wednesday sessions in the 2 consecutive weeks and will produce a basic business plan

Finance: Managing money and making savings in business
30th October either 1pm - 3pm OR 6pm - 8pm
(same workshop on repeat)

Trademark: Legal Registration of Business and branding
27th November 1pm - 3pm OR 6pm to 8pm
(same workshop on repeat)

to book Click here to book


SYOE Hammersmith & Fulham Business Clinics

In conjunction with our SYOE Hammersmith & Fulham Enterprise Training program

We will be running business support clinics on November 15th and 20th, with four more to follow in 2019

Lambeth (Tulse Hill)

Business Clinics can also be held at Glows, our community space at 1a Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill, SW2 2HB


Elephant and Castle Business Owners Clinics

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.