Coronavirus update

A note from our CEO Colin Crooks: Coronavirus

Hello everyone,

We hope you are all keeping as well and safe as possible as Covid-19 takes hold. It’s a surreal and worrying time, and we are here to help as much as we can in these difficult times. Here’s an update on our plans as the Coronavirus situation develops. Please note this is liable to change so please keep an eye on the website and Events calendar for the latest:


GLOWS and THRIVE are now closed visitors, shared use or hot-desk workers and for upcoming events and workshops.  We will continue to allow access to all our office renters who have their own key and are communicating with them about our new plans at the moment.


Our aim is to deliver as many workshops as possible through live-streaming. We have an exciting programme ahead, with several courses in conjunction with LondonSouth Bank Uni in Elephant & Castle, British Land in Church Street and Awards for All at GLOWS. We hope to bring as many as possible online and who knows, we may discover a whole new way to engage with you by the end of this difficult chapter! Please check our Events calendar to see the latest on what is on and how to connect with us.


Our staff are mainly going to be working from as home as much as possible, but we are still here!  Please call us on  07803 097 532 to find out the latest, we are aiming to be available as much as possible but this depends on how the situation evolves.  We are also on email at

Traders and Makers

We hope to use this time to profile as many of our makers and traders as possible, to get people new business and keep things afloat as the situation is so uncertain. Please take a look at our page here to see how you can support local business.

Thanks again for staying with us and we’ll be back in touch soon.

Take care of yourselves,

Best wishes,



Church Street courses cancelled

Unfortunately a number of our upcoming Church Street courses have been cancelled. Please refer to our Events page to find out which courses are still running in our sites across London. If you have any concerns please email or call 020 3948 3020.

GLOWS free spring workshops now up!

The raft of GLOWS workshops, most of which are free, are now online! Check out our events page and email us at or call 020 3948 3020 to book your place now. Photography, T-Shirt printing, mosaics, Excel and many more. Hurry and book your place while there’s still space!

Upcoming GLOWS events

Church Street Westminster: Instagram + finance courses open!

Tree Shepherd has been working with the community in Church Street since January 2019, offering network events, courses and clinics to advise and work with existing traders and those aspiring to set up their own businesses.

We are excited to launch our new courses, including Instagram, finance, cashflow, and the latest technologies which help you manage your finances. Please contact Rhona in the Tree Shepherd Team on or 0203 948 3023 to find out more or enrol.

Instagram workshops

Tuesday 18th February and Friday 21st February 2020, Community Space, Church Street Library, 67 Church Street, London NW8 8EU

Our trainer Charlotte has a wealth of experience in the world of digital marketing, with many years of experience looking after the social media for brands such as Colgate, Nivea, TFL and Iceland Foods.

10.00am – 12.30pm  The essentials of Instagram

Just getting started with using Instagram for you business? You will learn the essentials of creating great posts that get seen, including how to use hashtags and tips for creating engaging content. We explain the importance of Instagram Stories, and show you how to use them for your business.

1:30pm- 4.00pm How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Business

Already using Instagram but find it overwhelming and not sure you are using it to it’s fullest potential? We show you how to use the platform to attract your ideal customers, and generate sales.  We explain the algorithm and the tricks you need to know to get your posts seen, and give you an introduction to running paid ads on Facebook and Instagram.


Finance workshops

Thursday 30th April 2020, Community Space, Church Street Library, 67 Church Street, London NW8 8EU

Come to one, two or all the sessions. Our trainer Lisa has a wealth of experience of running fascinating workshops and has won many awards! 2019 – WINNER – Bookkeeping Service of the Year – Nottingham and  2017 – WINNER – Best Bookkeeping Service London, AI awards

11:00am -1:00pm Cashflow and how to manage money – how a cashflow forecast works, how to manage your money so that you don’t run out before the end of the month, the importance of forecasting in business

1:30pm – 3:30pm Bookkeeping – how to keep records and how to keep track of how your business is performing, the legal requirements (what is a ‘business expense’ and what can you claim? and what should you be keeping records of? and deadlines

4:00pm -6:00pm Smart technologies – what is available on the market to make our lives easier? We’ll look at bookkeeping software, software that can keep receipts for us – costs vs benefits

To book a place please email or call 0203 948 3023

Business Clinics for Businesses and Residents in and around Church Street

Do you have an Enterprise Idea? Do you need help growing your business? Speak to an experienced business mentor. We are here to help you realise your idea, help your business adapt and grow, and to introduce you to a network of businesses in your neighbourhood

Free and confidential support available, timeslots of up to one hour, days are varied. Venue – Vital, 382 – 386 Edgware Road, W2 1EB (entrance on Church Street) – please contact us for more information and to reserve your slot at or call on 020 3948





Loughborough Junction: Sign up to our February Cashflow, Legal and Tax workshops

It’s not too late to sign up for our cashflow, legal and tax workshops at The Platform in Loughborough Junction, SW9 7AH.

It’s open to everyone in Lambeth and our fantastic trainer can shed light on complex areas of cashflow, legalities and tax through some practical tasks. It’s one not to be missed!

Get in touch with us on or call 0203 948 3023 to book your place. February courses for Tree Shepherd in Loughborough Junction




Success at Westminster Enterprise Course

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
















The Dragons!
















Colin Crooks MBE in Action



















The Organisers


Glitzy Body Art

Glitzy Body Art was created by local mother of two Vikki Walters in the summer of 2018. With a love of glitter, quirky artwork and the desire to make people feel good, Vikki started the business which would work around her young family.

The company’s “pop up glitter bar” is a professional body artist service, including glitter tattoos, festival glitter and creative hair styling. The company has introduced a new biodegradable glitter range, giving you all the “glitz” without the guilt.

All staff are covered by public liability insurance. Vikki and her team can cater for private parties, corporate/school/charity events, weddings and larger events including festivals.

Affordable party packages and personalised quotes available on request.

Services available for adults and children:

  • Temporary glitter tattoos
  • Temporary ink tattoos
  • Festival glitter including glitter lips, glitter beards, glitter hair roots
  • Creative hair staying including braiding.

Contact Vikki

Mobile: 07944 628767
Facebook: @glitzybodyart 
Instagram: @glitzybodyart
Twitter: @Artglitzy

Supported Self Employment Academy Course – Croydon

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

Status Employment are a wonderful organisation who assist people with disabilities and mental health problems in finding and retaining paid employment.

Free Workshops and Business Clinics in Lambeth




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: or call 0203 948 3020