Artist Rosalind Hobley wins Church Street prize

Winner of our Church Street prize, a £100 e-voucher, for submitting her business plan (randomly pulled out of a hat!) is Rosalind Hobley, an artist creating stunning cyanotype portraits and images from her studio in Westminster. Rosalind has been on our business planning course and we were blown away by her beautiful pictures. Let’s meet her….   TS: Hi Rosalind, congratulations! So what involvement have you had with Tree Shepherd?  I have done a business planning course with one of Tree Shepherd’s trainers, and am currently working with another trainer, Lorenzo, who has been giving very helpful suggestions about how […]

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Westminster mobility device inventor wins Church Street competition

Well we’ve had another successful round of our Church Street business plan competition – with the winner of a £100 e-voucher being Shahrokh Mohammadi (Ph.D.). Let’s hear about his exciting new business idea….. TS: Tell us about your business, what do you do? Shahrokh: We are developing a unique device to allow the elderly, partially able and those with reduced mobility to exercise. It’s a device that can be used in bed, used in a seated or standing position for the legs. The same device can be used for exercising the arms when hung on a wall. It’s a new […]

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Jon Daniel: Five Funky Philosophies for all Start-Ups and Designers

In his own words, some lessons from inspirational creative and local legend, Jon Daniel – credit http://www.jon-daniel.com/  Read more about Jon Daniel’s extraordinary life here AFRONOWISM! FIVE FUNKY PHILOSOPHIES I was that kid at school who was always restless. ‘Distracted’. ‘Boisterous’. ‘Excitable’. Just a few of the adjectives that were used to describe me in my school reports. All this much is true, as I have always had a relentless energy and over-active mind and imagination. I was, and still am a dreamer, and I know that I am not alone in these feelings. I also have an abiding passion […]

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Black History Month: Remembering Jon Daniel – a much-loved creative and supporter of local entrepreneurs

To celebrate Black History Month we look back to one of the most loved and respected local heroes in Herne Hill, Brixton and London – creative designer Jon Daniel. Jon was an award-winning creative director whose range of work – from ad campaigns, to magazine columns and exhibition curation led to accolades and notoriety across London and further afield. Born in London in 1966 and a long-term resident of Milkwood Road in Herne Hill, his mother, Sheila, came from Grenada and worked as a district nurse and his father, Horace, came from Barbados and worked for London Transport before moving […]

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Black Lives Matter: Dynamic Dialogues – Join Us

Are you a Black trader or entrepreneur? As part of Tree Shepherd’s quest to address racism we are organising a series of workshops to discuss the impact,this has had on Black entrepreneurs and traders.  Would you be willing to give us two hours of your time to participate in a conversation with 6 or 8 other people on Zoom?  Tree Shepherd will be hosting these workshops on: Monday 28th  September 1pm – 2.30pm  and Tuesday 29th September 1pm – 2.30pm  At Tree Shepherd, we aim to provide business support that makes a real difference. We would like to listen to you […]

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Thrive has re-opened with COVID secure features!

Our business centre Thrive has undergone a radical transformation in order to help local start-ups get back on their feet post-COVID. The newly re-vamped space will provide brand new individual, truly affordable offices, meeting rooms and makerspaces for local entrepreneurs all with COVID security features – to help start-ups grow in what’s been the most challenging year ever for small business. The opening comes as the UK announces it’s in officially in recession, for the first time in 11 years. New COVID security features Supported by British Land and run by Tree Shepherd, Thrive, which was first opened last year, […]

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September Church Street competition opens.. and first winner Nur gives prize back to Tree Shepherd!

You may recall that a few short weeks ago we launched a competition to win £100 Love to Shop vouchers for start-ups in or near Church Street that submitted a business plan. Well the September round is now open, so get submitting! Email your business plans to rhona@treeshepherd.org.uk now. In Church Street, Westminster we are providing mentoring, business advice, courses and guidance to anyone looking to start up a business. If you would like to know more about our work or get involved please get in touch So, we have our first ever winner Nur Abdullah-Perkins – but in an unexpected twist, […]

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Retro Living

Retro Living evolved from a passion for sourcing eclectic, interesting and unusual items of furniture, art, lighting and objets d’art. Malcolm initially started the business online through the Retro Living website which has now grown to a retail shop located on Church Street in Marylebone, where the majority of the stock is on display. Retro Living 7A Church Street London NW8 8EE Retro Living restores, reupholsters and rewires the majority of its pieces to ensure they are of the highest quality and sympathetically restored to ensure everything reaches you in the best original condition possible. Pieces include dining chairs, armchairs, dining tables, ceiling lights, […]

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Repercia Therapeutic Counselling Services

  Repercia Therapeutic Counselling Services reject a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy, with their services helping to provide intervention(s) that best suit everyone’s individual needs. The pandemic and the social and economic effects of the lockdown have created a perfect storm for people already vulnerable to mental health issues. People are facing greatly increased anxiety regarding the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones; they are increasingly at risk of loneliness, isolation, neglect and rejection. The charitable aim of the project is to: Support up to twenty local women who are at risk of domestic violence or sudden […]

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Strongman’s Tipple Ltd

Bottled Cocktails, Brand Consultancy & Innovative Cocktail Events       Website www.strongmanstipple.com   Meet Business Partners Tomas Lenko & Lukas Etus Tomas Lenko: “Strongman’s Tipple is my first baby – the product of my blood, sweat and tears following 15 years of working my way up in the hospitality industry. I remember stepping behind the bar for the very first time, serving a G&T, taking the first payment and getting a buzz from making someone’s day better – I loved it instantly. My enthusiasm for hospitality drove me to quickly learn new skills, and progress into management roles all the […]

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