2014 is a year for particular celebration as it is the 40th anniversary.
It is also the 1st anniversary for the rapidly growing Lambeth Forest Enterprise Network. Image: Kerry Young Heart in Art Workshops.
This is a dynamic group of start-up businesses who have come together through being on the Tree Shepherd enterprise support programme. They are all Lambeth residents and many of them are seeing the road of becoming an entrepreneur as a route out of benefit dependency. There is no other business club like it and these achievers are finding a unique strength in being part of a network where they can triumph through adversity and their entrepreneurialism is allowed to flourish.
In just one year, numbers in the network have reached 150+ and at the show 40 of these traders will be sharing space for the first time in one large marquee – P4, picnic zone.
The business types that come into the Forest Network are diverse, from cleaning to computer support, catering to community care. At the show you will find Miss Cakes Truffle & Fudge, Mala Gulhane’s Russian Street Food, Mojana Mystics Tarot Readings, 4Carers Support Network, Art Yes Art Online Gallery, K’Diva Makeup & Facepaints – to name just a few. The diversity of traders reflects the dynamic cultural and ethnic mix of the Lambeth community and with an age range from 20 to 70+, they prove that grass roots entrepreneurialism is truly thriving in the borough.
For contemporary healthy food, the Forest Network are ahead of the game. Healthy, sustainable cuisine will be a key offering with Mean Green vegetarian and vegan food, Oh So Unrefined raw food cakes and nutritious insect snacks from Gourmet Grubs to name just three. A far cry from the predictable fast food and totally in line with Lambeth’s sustainable food mission.
Tapping into the wealth of creativity in the borough, P4 will be the most exciting and most diverse marquee at the show. The creative products being showcased are new to the market and include Cloudia Vardon’s designer clothing, African textile accessories by Kezra Hunt and fine Japanese-inspired ceramics by Fawzia Sajedi-Shaker.
In addition to buying delicious food, fashion and gift products, people will be able to receive different types of massage, advice from Jade Husbands on how to support mental health with community arts or advice from Claude Computing on how to set up a computer system. Tastings and discounts will be offered, as these new traders test out their services at the biggest show in town.
Image: Mareah’s Patisserie
As people who are familiar with us know, Tree Shepherd was founded by our CEO Colin Crooks, Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Lambeth. It was set up to tackle the serious issue of worklessness in the borough and to equip people with the confidence and knowledge required to set up their own enterprise. By encouraging indigenous enterprise, the aim is to create local jobs that employ local people and help a mutually supportive economic ecosystem to grow. At the show, Tree Shepherd will be promoting its mentoring programme, seeking volunteers who would like to mentor one of these exciting Lambeth start-ups. They will also be welcoming enquiries from Lambeth entrepreneurs who want to join the network.
Make sure you don’t miss the Forest Enterprise Network tent at P4 Picnic Zone!
Show times: 11am – 7pm, Sat 19th & Sun 20th July, Brockwell Park, Lambeth
Contact: Lydia Gardner, Manager of Communications and Partnerships
020 3697 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
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