We are delighted to announce that Tree Shepherd has been commissioned by Lambeth Cooperative Council to run a Parks and Supply Chain Development training programme to enable local residents to start a business providing services to their own parks. If you are interested in setting up businesses that involve grounds maintenance, buildings maintenance and horticultural work in our green spaces, please get in touch to book yourself on to the first training programme in 2015.
The course will be 8 x whole day sessions delivered over two months, starting early February 2015. Topics include business planning, registration, sales, marketing, presenting, people management and networking as related specifically to businesses servicing the parks.
This is a unique opportunity, which forms part of Lambeth’s innovative Cooperative Parks Programme, aimed at creating opportunities for community-led and managed parks and open spaces, each with their own set of distinctive identities and a reflection of the communities they serve.
Since being appointed to the pioneering role of ‘Social Entrepreneur in Residence’ for Lambeth Council in Spring 2013, Tree Shepherd has already delivered 11 x start your own enterprise courses and run a successful business surgery. These have attracted nearly 300 budding entrepreneurs from across the borough, many of them unemployed. A half of all students have already begun trading.
Other services on offer for people who successfully complete the course include a business surgery and being matched with an enterprise mentor. Tree Shepherd have also been actively building a local enterprise network based on mutual support and trust, enabling the sharing of resources, such as premises, apprentices and equipment within the local business community. This network is also a home-grown business club, the ‘Forest Enterprise Network’ that is supported with regular opportunities to network, tender and trade. Further, they have provided information and support to local start-ups to help them attract funding in order to scale up.
A key part of the work of Tree Shepherd is to broker opportunities for procurement between larger businesses and the council with small local businesses. By training local people on this enterprise course, they are directly supporting the opening up of competitive tendering to include indigenous Lambeth communities not only in the labour supply but also with locally run businesses who can deliver services to the parks.
If you are interested in getting the skills to be able to compete for one of the parks management contracts, please contact Monique Tomlinson on 020 3697 1541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org