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 info@treeshepherd.org 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 info@treeshepherd.org.uk 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 info@treeshepherd.org.uk 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 info@treeshepherd.org.uk 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

 

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 info@treeshepherd.org.uk

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: info@treeshepherd.org.uk or call 0203 948 3020

Tree Shepherd Interview on Resonance 104.4 FM

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th November – 11:00am – 11:30am

The Workplace

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.]