Is it really possible to think up a brand new business idea and develop a business plan in one day?
Well 33 WAES students proved that you can when they joined our CEO Colin Crooks MBE for an action-packed Enterprise Masterclass.
The enthusiastic WAES students came from a wide range of study areas, learning skills from Graphic Design and Fashion to Hair & Beauty.
Their challenge was to create a business plan for tackling an important social issue from scratch using Tree Shepherd’s 3M© concept
Motivation your vision and personal driver
Market your customers
Mechanics how you deliver to your customers
Very quickly the students grouped around some of the most important challenges that we face as a society: healthy eating in schools, activities for young people, services for disabled people, well-being for people in poverty and environmentally friendly packaging.
The 5 groups had to develop a business plan for their idea and justify how they would run a sustainable social enterprise. The day culminated in a series of group presentations to a panel of judges, just like Dragon’s Den! The panel was made up of senior staff from WAES and Westminster Council as well as a local business owner.
After a gruelling Q&A by the Dragons the winning team was Angel Hair Salon whose plan was to create a salon that specialised in catering for people with disabilities!
The feedback from the day was excellent:
“Colin was inspiring and has single-handedly motivated and encouraged me to try harder and succeed”
“Extremely interesting and informative”
“Well delivered, easy to focus on each section”
“The whole room was engaged in the activities – very professional”
We thank the WAES staff for their impeccable organisation of the event and due to it’s success we plan to run more in the new year!
WAES Enterprise Masterclass workshop attendees
Colin Crooks MBE in Action
Our second Supported Self Employment Academy started in Croydon during November in association with Status Employment.
Following the tremendous success of our first academy Croydon Council are supporting us to deliver a series of Academy’s over the coming months.
The academy focuses on supporting people with disabilities to start, run and grow a business. The courses bring people together in a safe space where they can learn about business and share ideas and challenges. The first academy was a great success with several students setting up successful businesses.
Yvonne Williams attended our first academy and set up Happy Feet while on the course, she said “with the support of these lovely people I’ve managed to overcome all my fears and get my Happy Feet calendars printed. I’m really enjoy selling them and meeting new people”
The academy runs one day a week for 5 weeks and covers all areas of running and growing a business. If you have a disability and live in the borough of Croydon and would like to get that business idea you’ve been dreaming about off the ground then please get in touch about our courses in 2020 on firstname.lastname@example.org
Status Employment are a wonderful organisation who assist people with disabilities and mental health problems in finding and retaining paid employment.
Tree Shepherd will be running a series of Workshops and Business clinics in Lambeth – Loughbourough Junction, from 30th November 2019 to 22nd January 2020
If you are thinking about setting up a business, if you have a start up or are already running a business, please sign up to our FREE Workshops and Business Clinics detailed on the adjacent poster. Available to all Lambeth residents and business owners.
For more info, please contact: email@example.com or call 0203 948 3020
Tuesday 19th November – 11:00am – 11:30am
NND and guests discuss all aspects of work and workplaces. This week: NND talks to Colin Crooks, Chief Executive of Tree Shepherd – a social enterprise that helps turn job-seekers into entrepreneurs – about shoe-string start-up for ‘non-typical’ business people. Also featuring Alex Schwartz of House of Funky Junk, a recycler/upcycler entrepreneur supported by the organisation. Continue the #workplacennd discussion on Twitter with @workplacennd. [Repeated Friday 4.30am.]
Get your Free Earlybird Tickets here
There is a restriction of one ticket per person so please feel free to share the link with friends, colleagues and family and join us for another great festive celebration and Christmas Market!
The Pamper Sessions – Beauty, Fashion and Wellness show is a quarterly event which has been running successfully for over 10 years! We are a well visited beauty, fashion and wellness exhibition and indoor marketplace for consumers to come down, meet, try and buy from both established and grassroots brands within these popular industries! This is a unisex event with adiitional activities include business networking, food vendors, workshops, massage therapies, fashion swap shop and of course lots of mince pies and prosecco!
Want to be a vendor at the next show?
We have limited spaces for vendors to showcase and sell in the Christmas Market at this event!
To request a Vendors Pack please email: ThePamperSessions@live.com
Vendor spaces for this show are limited and are always sold on a first come, first served basis. If you do wish to book yourself in as an official vendor please book early to avoid disappointment.
Earlybird Deal: If you book your vendor space by Monday 14th October 2019 you will receive 25% off your chosen package!
Please Quote the promo code: Thrive25 when booking once you have received your pack – request a vendors pack today!
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team with any further questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
The Pamper Team
The Pamper Sessions – Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Show
Get Free Tickets to The Pamper Sessions here
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Are you looking to go Self- Employed ?
Got Business Idea ?
Need specific advise on developing your existing business ?
For a limited time Tree Shepherd are offering free business advise for those 18-30, resident of Lambeth Borough and on restricted income or benefits.
Clinics can be held in several locations Tulse Hill, Loughborough Junction and Elephant & Castle
For more information and / or to schedule your 1 hr Business Clinic – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org