Church St, Westminster – New Workshops & Business Clinics coming!

Workshops starting July 2019

Quick Guides to business planning
3rd & 10th July 6pm to 8pm
4th & 11th September 6pm to 8pm

An easy to follow two-part evening programme for completing your business plan. You must attend both Wednesday sessions in the 2 consecutive weeks and will produce a basic business plan

Finance: Managing money and making savings in business
30th October either 1pm – 3pm OR 6pm – 8pm
(same workshop on repeat)

Trademark: Legal Registration of Business and branding
27th November 1pm – 3pm OR 6pm to 8pm
(same workshop on repeat)

to book Click here to book

 

Church St Networking Event

July 17th – 5pm to 8pm
With guest speakers and business opportunities

Venue: Boardroom, City of Westminster College
Paddington Green Campus, W2 1NB

to book To book a space click here
or contact info@treeshepherd.org.uk or call 020 3948 3023

 

Free Business Clinics for Businesses and Residents in & around Church St

Do you have an Enterprise Idea
Do you need help growing your business?

Speak to an experienced business mentor. We re 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 3023

 

Free 6 week Sewing Classes coming to Thrive!

We are excited to announce free sewing classes for women.

Classes start on June 19th for 6 weeks only from 10.30am to 1.30pm and will be held at the ‘Make it Studio’ at Thrive, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, Redriff Road, SE16 7LW

Book to reserve your space at info@treeshepherd.org.uk  / 0203 948 3023

or contact directly Emma Carr emma@treeshepherd.org,uk / 07857 394777

 

Winners of the recent Tree Shepherd Survey!

Back in March we sent out a survey and asked for feedback on how you feel about Tree Shepherd. The deadline was March 15th and we would like to thank you all for contributing.

 

Yuan (Peter)  Zhixiang
Yuan has a herbal shop based at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, he has been living in London 15 years with his family and worked on his business nearly 7 years. The products sold are natural herbal tea and some herbal made products, which are used for detox, slimming, skin problems and pain relief etc.

 

Alison Clayburn
Alison runs a writing support and facilitation service, focused on tutorials, workshops, courses and events in Rotherhithe, London SE16, plus useful items of interest to writers and aspiring writers.

Alison is a poet, writer and writing tutor/facilitator who also enjoys producing artwork and, living in Rotherhithe, which has a thriving arts ‘scene’ is. Alison also finds the river an inspiration – I run creative writing workshops and short courses locally- both general and Writing for Self Discovery.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check her out here:

https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingInRotherhithe/

 

Dana-Marice C Xavier
Dana runs a floristry business called Blossoms of Grace, where she makes flower arrangements for all occasions. Dana specialises in making customised designs to order, with a creative flare so customers can have exactly what they want. Using both artificial and fresh flowers my focus is presentation & making the customer happy. Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at 2 & a half, however, raised with a hardworking ethos, to be a success, Dana kept pushing myself forward even when through really hard challenges. Dana admits to still struggling daily with some areas of running the business, yet wants to encourage other people with disabilities to believe in themselves, to believe what they can do well & can be a success.

 

 

Fulham Spring Fair – 25th May 2019

On Saturday 25th May 2019, Tree Shepherd will be hosting a Spring Fair at Clem Attlee Hall for local Fulham residents, particularly those living in the Clem Attlee estate and surrounding Fulham estates and roads.

We are interested in people wanting to showcase/sell any type of business e.g. fashion, accessories, gifts, charity, vintage goods, home items, home cooked foods (note food requires the necessary paperwork)

We are also looking to showcase local people who are looking for business – whether they are fitness instructors, running a class or offering services such as cleaning, a community service, care services etc

Interested in participating and booking a table ?

Set up starts 10.30am. Doors open 12pm. Event finishes 5pm

It will be FREE to have a table, but we ask that if you book, then you attend for the whole event

Im Interested in a table at the Spring Fair

Throughout the event, Tree Shepherd will be offering a mini-business clinic for those of you who are more serious about developing a trade. Let us know below if this is of interest (no obligation)

Established or just starting out – just book a table, bring some promotional literature and get talking to your neighbours.

If you would like to offer entertainment for children – e.g. face painting, arts & crafts or running a 5-a-side football tournament outside in the arena – we would love to hear from you.

Any questions? Call Lydia 07561 012895 Lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk

Lambeth Country Show Update

We are now only taking bookings for our reserve waiting list!

We have had an amazing response to our participation for this years Lambeth Country Show, so much so that all space is now currently booked.

However, things can often change, so please do continue to register your interest and we will put you on our reserve list and let you know if a space becomes available

If you are needing a reminder if what its all about, please see below:

Whether you are a foodie, a face painter, a jeweller or masseur – a space in our marquee could be the perfect way for you to showcase in July.

Tree Shepherd in partnership with Lambeth makerspace GLOWS will be hosting a Marquee at this year’s Lambeth Country Show.

Dates are 20th & 21st July 2019.

Im interested in being put on the waiting list- Click here

We have not increased our costs, but the cost to the individual traders has increased, as this year the show organisers have a VAT charge (20%) – please note a £50 deposit will be required to secure a space!

To express interest, go to booking link:

2019 Costs:
Whole space hire: £150 + VAT = £180 (early bird applications of £120 +vat are now closed)
Table hire: £15 + VAT = £18
Chair hire: £9 + VAT = £10.80
Electricity hire if needed: £135 + VAT = £162
(If you only want a half-space its £90 + VAT for the space = £108 + furniture)

If you are interested in taking a stall, please contact Sherman@treeshepherd.org.uk or claudette@glows.london
For further general info on the country show, https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/

Please note once we have confirmed your registration,  a trader wishing to cancel their application less then 8 weeks prior to the show will be liable for full payment and charged at the full rate. Therefore cut off date for any refunds is Friday 24th May 2019

 

 

 

Lambeth Country Show – Brockwell Park 2019

For the 4th year running, Tree Shepherd will be hosting a fantastic trade marquee at the Lambeth Country Show in partnership with Glows makerspace.

Whether you are a foodie, a face painter, a jeweller or masseur – a space in our marquee could be the perfect way for you to showcase in July.

Tree Shepherd in partnership with Lambeth makerspace GLOWS will be hosting a Marquee at this year’s Lambeth Country Show.

Dates are 20th & 21st July 2019.

Im interested – Click here

We have not increased our costs, but the cost to the individual traders has increased, as this year the show organisers have a VAT charge (20%) – please note a £50 deposit will be required to secure a space!

To express interest, go to booking link:

2019 Costs:
Whole space hire: £150 + VAT = £180 (early bird applications of £120 +vat are now closed)
Table hire: £15 + VAT = £18
Chair hire: £9 + VAT = £10.80
Electricity hire if needed: £135 + VAT = £162
(If you only want a half-space its £90 + VAT for the space = £108 + furniture)

If you are interested in taking a stall, please contact Sherman@treeshepherd.org.uk or claudette@glows.london
For further general info on the country show, https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/

Please note once we have confirmed your registration,  a trader wishing to cancel their application less then 8 weeks prior to the show will be liable for full payment and charged at the full rate. Therefore cut off date for any refunds is Friday 24th May 2019

New 2 x Fulham dates in May for Saturday Business School!

Got some free time on your Saturday?

Do you live in Fulham?

Fancy some free business advice on an idea you have ?

Tree Shepherd have 2 free business start ups workshops coming up in May.
Sat 11th May – Start, Grow & plan your start up business
Sat 18th May – Money, cashflow, profit & loss – get to grips with the money side

Times are 1pm to 5pm
Venue is the Clem Attlee hall, 21 Len Freeman Place, SW6 7TN

Interested ? Enrol here

Enrol Here for Saturday Start up business school

This is being supported by the Doctor Edwards Bishop King charity

Elephant and Castle – Deadline for Applications

In December 2018, after months of preparation with the Council and Delancey we opened up the application process for the new affordable units that are being planned for the independent businesses to move into.

Planning permission was granted on the basis that Delancey would provide new units for the displaced businesses. They have already developed a row of retail units in an adjacent development called Elephant 1 and they plan to create a new popup retail village just outside the redline area in what is known as Castle Square. In addition, Southwark Council is developing retail space in the ground floor of nearby Perronet House by the Bakerloo tube entrance.

All the independent businesses have been engaged in the opportunity to apply for one of these units and the relocation support funding that accompanies it. They needed to prepare a sound business plan and a workable cashflow forecast to do so. This is where our expertise came in. Working to a tight deadline our team of dedicated Tree Shepherd business advisors delivered more than 180 confidential business clinics, peppered with group workshops and seminars to help all the eligible business owners put together their plans. Simultaneously, we organised property tours so that the owners could make informed choices on where they would like to move to and continuously kept both the council and Delancey up-to-date with people’s needs.

The 18th February 2019 was the deadline for the applications to be submitted along with evidence of trading. As midday came, we signed off the last of the 60 business plans with just a few minutes to spare. Now it is with the respective landlords to assess the plans and work out which business should go in which location. It will be a very difficult task as all the bushiness are amazing. We wish them all the best of luck as they await the news of the allocation and then the next phase of the programme will begin.

Launch Of Thrive – Our Affordable Maker Space and Co-Working Business Hub

February 13th saw the launch of THRIVE, a new affordable co-working space, where local residents from SE16 can work comfortably and develop their business idea. THRIVE (formally known as the Flaming Grill restaurant) was brought back into community use by British Land and has become a much-needed resource for local people. Whether you are running your own business or working from home, you can have access to affordable desks, meeting and training rooms or makers space. Thrive is a really spacious and well-lit workspace, ideal for creative people. Designers and makers can spread out and see their patterns come to life. It’s also set up for start up therapists looking for low-cost private space to provide treatments from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the heart of THRIVE is our determination to create a sense of community where local people can support each other on their different business journeys. There will be opportunities for networking and sharing skills and services. Leading up to the launch there has been fantastic support from residents and the local business community to get THRIVE off the ground. Local friends and families joined us for a “Paint Party”, donated equipment, furniture and of course volunteered their invaluable time to make Thrive an inviting space.

 

Thrive’s Paint Party

 

 

 

 

 

So, what’s on Offer?

We specialise in working with entrepreneurs from low income families from the SE16 area and Thrive provides low cost workspace for them and other residents. You can become a THRIVE member for as little as £25 per year. Your Membership will enable you to:

Use the meeting and desk space on a low-cost pay-as-you-go basis.

  • Access to workspace bookings
  • Free high-speed internet Wi-Fi access.
  • Free use of THRIVE equipment
  • Low cost printing, copying in colour or black and white, A4 paper, and free scanning.
  • Peace of mind. THRIVE deals with all the issues that can slow a growing business down like: building insurance, electricity and water charges, security, and health and safety.
  • Working alongside other entrepreneurs and small businesses, which can offer companionship and community, inspiration, and opportunities for networking sharing skills.

If you would like to find out more about THRIVE please contact out Thriving team:

Shaun Wilson:       M: 07803097532     E: Shaun@treeshepherd.org.uk
Emma Carr:           M: 07857394777     E: Emma@treeshepherd.org.uk
Sandra Ferguson: M: 07857386151     E: Sandra@treeshepherd.org.uk

 

 

MBE is testament to everyone I’ve worked with who shares a vision of a fairer society

Winners medal March & Shoot competition 1978

When I was trudging through the mud as a fresh-faced private in the weekend Territorial Army I never thought I would one day be honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire. But that hot sweaty day ignited in me something which would chart the course of the rest of my life: a determination to see people treated fairly and a belief that every individual should have the same chance to reach their potential, regardless of their background or training.

That year, 1978, my 8-man infantry section entered a ‘march and shoot’ competition against full-time regular army units, including the Royal Marines and Paratroop Regiment. We marched 13 miles in under 3 hours, tackled 3 challenging obstacles en route, whilst each carrying a 60lb pack, a rifle with 20 rounds of live ammunition. On top of that we carried a radio and machine gun. Terry, one of our lads, was a painter and decorator who worked at weekends so couldn’t train. The day of the competition was baking hot and within a few miles Terry was flagging. Everyone in the team took turns to carry his pack and rifle – even his jacket – and we literally dragged him to the end of the course.

By this time Terry was hobbling in agony but he struggled through to the final challenge. This was the vital, scoring part of the competition; a 600 yards sprint across open ground firing at pop-up targets. As soon as we finished, Terry sank to the ground and we watched in horror as he pulled off his boots, revealing his raw, bloodied feet.

At least we had finished. Our happiness was short-lived however. Soon came the announcement that, after all our effort, we had come last; we’d scored the least hits. Bewildered, I did a quick calculation and realised our score was impossibly low – two of us alone had scored the 15 they claimed was our total team score. I challenged the scoring. Result? The invigilators, assuming a rag-tag team of civilians couldn’t possibly have beaten elite servicemen, had automatically allocated us the lowest score. In fact we had won the competition! I still have the medal. The sense of triumph it gives me has little to do with being a good shot myself but rather the exhilaration of being with a group of men whose dogged teamwork, individual tenacity, and refusal to be cowed by ‘the system’ had pulled off a remarkable win against incredible odds.

Institutional discrimination.

All of my work as a social entrepreneur has been informed by a passion to overcome what I call institutional discrimination: To create opportunities for and give a voice to people who are left behind or underestimated by society.

But having a lonely passion is not enough – to do anything at scale you need allies. In May 2002, I met a remarkable man called Peter Watherston who was heading up a homelessness charity, First Fruit. At that very first meeting we agreed to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity. Together we would take on a contract with HSBC to remove and recycle ALL 59,000 items of furniture being discarded by HSBC in their enormous move to Canary Wharf (the largest office relocation in European history).

My very young social enterprise, Green-Works, had an annual turnover at the time of £23,000, and I had enough cash to employ a young man, Chris Triggs, for 3 months. Peter, a trained accountant and CoE vicar was employing a small number of homeless people doing deliveries. Neither of us had any experience in running a warehouse or managing a project on this scale. Nevertheless, we shook hands there and then and committed to work with each other. On the strength of that hand shake he took on a huge warehouse in the East End of London, and I negotiated a comprehensive contract with HSBC. Over the next 12 years we worked together creating literally hundreds of jobs and recycling 47,000 tonnes of furniture.

Partnerships.

A shared vision centred on a genuine desire to support others is such a solid foundation for partnership. The world of social enterprise brings together extraordinarily committed people who think creatively to work through whatever obstacles are thrown in the way.

Based on my experience of running Green-Works for 12 years, I wrote a book called ‘How to make a million jobs.’ During my research I confirmed the worst fears about our society that my experience had shown me. I revealed some frightening statistics about how many people in the UK are functionally illiterate, how many communities are left behind, and how the headline unemployment numbers mask the real, underlying enormity of structural worklessness.

I set up Tree Shepherd to prove my theory. Even the most statistically deprived community is bristling with untapped talent. With the right blend of business guidance and a supportive network many people can generate income for themselves and create employment for others. More than 75% of the start-ups we have supported are run by women or people from ethnic minorities – people who are too often patronised or discriminated against by landlords, banks and local authorities.

Tree Shepherd combines my belief in people and my passion for creating partnerships to tackle discrimination and adds a dose of advocacy. This has proved to be a potent recipe for developing communities of businesses who individually and together play to their strengths, speak up, and take their place as meaningful contributors to their local economy.

This MBE is testament to everyone I’ve worked with who share this vision for a fairer society