Money Masterclass 21st May at Omnibus Clapham

Wednesday 21st May 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Omnibus, 1 Northside (The Old Library) Clapham Common

An evening of experts speaking on the essentials of financial management that you will need if you are going to make your business work.

Join us as we take a close look at book-keeping, budget sheets, profit & loss.

The Tree Shepherd money masterclass is funded by Lambeth Adult Learning. It is free for people on benefits, £45 for waged and £25 for OAPs and students. Fees can be paid by transfer beforehand or in cash at the event. Evidence of benefits is required.

The masterclass is open to all members of the public.

To book, please contact Lydia Gardner on 020 3 697 1540 or lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk

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Marketing Masterclass at West Norwood Portico Gallery

Wednesday 30th April 6pm – 9pm Marketing & Social Media

High Trees Enterprise Course

The first of a series of monthly master-classes, Tree Shepherd will be hosting an event at the Portico Gallery 23A Knights Hill, West Norwood SE27 0HS. The focus will be on all aspects of marketing and the importance of social media. The master-class is free if you are on any form of benefits, £45 for people working and £25 for students and OAPs. We welcome newcomers.  Catering provided.

Please confirm your attendance to Lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk or 020 3697 1540

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Mentoring programme launch on 18 March

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18 MARCH, 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 100 Barrington Road, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014, 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

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BIS funding to support mentoring Lambeth food and craft start-ups

Tree Shepherd are delighted to announce that we have won funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund to support a host of start-up businesses in Lambeth in the food, hospitality and crafts sectors with mentoring support. We have been operating as social entrepreneur in residence for Lambeth Council for just nine months and are delighted to win this prestigious funding award.

We are relatively small compared with the other major players who won funding, and it is very encouraging to see central government investing in nurturing our indigenous enterprise community.

Our aim is to support up to 120 new businesses, and we are delivering the programme in partnership with many of the key players in the borough, to include Lambeth Cooperative Council, Lambeth Food Partnership, Brixton BID, Vauxhall BID, Waterloo BID, Morley College and the Makerhood network for art, design and food.

Over the coming months, we of course welcome other partners on board as we seek to make sure the programme reaches out to all parts of the Lambeth community.

The businesses we support will range from those running a home kitchen soup service, to street traders, to newly established restaurants; from designers, artists and seamstresses to people planning exhibitions and cooperatives for creative arts.

The food industry in particular is rapidly growing in Lambeth – especially with the growth of the night-time economy: 9% of all Lambeth firms are in the food sector, 10% more than in 2001. With the emergence of Brixton Village, rapid growth in Streatham and West Norwood, developments of street markets and food trade in Waterloo, Vauxhall, Kennington and other areas, Lambeth is definitely a major player in the street food revolution talked of in the 2012 Defra Green Food Project. Caterers are an important link in the supply chain between manufacturers and consumers.

For lovers of great food and the restaurants and venues that cater for them, there is a natural link with art, craft and creative arts. Indeed, the focus for this mentoring programme is ‘feast’ – for the eyes, body and soul, something that the whole community can celebrate and be part of.

The Small Business Survey of 2012 monitored the growth level of small businesses and found that the growth level for those with mentoring was 26% compared with 11% for those without. Mentoring support is vital for developing our businesses.

Our work has already begun, with a number of mentoring relationships already initiated since our success for the bid was announced. Beneficiaries include Robyn Parker of Archie Mac Textile Designs; Rishin Paonaskar’s healthy snack bars; Reshmita Kashyap’s innovative shoulder bags; and Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties to name just a few.

However, we are seeking to attract new volunteer mentors from around and beyond the borough – people who want to be a part of the major resurgence of food and crafts that is transforming the character of the borough, making it an attractive destination for foodies and art lovers alike.

We want the regeneration that we see all around us to benefit the indigenous communities, people who have lived here all their lives. A majority of the start-up businesses that Tree Shepherd support with launch and development are run by people who are coming off benefits and are setting up something they have always dreamed about. The mentoring support will be a lifeline for them.

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18th MARCH, 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 71 Gresham Road, London SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014, 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

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BIS Funding to Support Mentoring Lambeth Food and Craft Startups

STOP PRESS! BIS Funding to Support Mentoring in Lambeth Food, Hospitality & Craft Start-up Sector

Tree Shepherd are delighted to announce that we have won funding from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund to support a host of start-up businesses in Lambeth in the food, hospitality and crafts sectors with mentoring support. We have been operating as social entrepreneur in residence for Lambeth Council for just 9 months and are delighted to win this prestigious funding award.

We are relatively small compared with the other major players who won funding and it is very encouraging to see central government investing in nurturing our indigenous enterprise community.

Our aim is to support up to 120 new businesses and we are delivering the programme in partnership with many of the key players in the borough, to include Lambeth Cooperative Council, Lambeth Food Partnership, Brixton BID, Vauxhall BID, Waterloo BID, Morley College and the Makerhood network for art, design and food.

Over the coming months, we of course welcome other partners on board as we seek to make sure the programme reaches out to all parts of the Lambeth community.

The businesses we support will range from those running a home kitchen soup service, to street traders, to newly established restaurants; from designers, artists and seamstresses to people planning exhibitions and cooperatives for creative arts.

The food industry in particular is rapidly growing in Lambeth – particularly with the growth of the night-time economy. 9% of all Lambeth firms are in the food sector, 10% more than in 2001. With the emergence of the Brixton Village, rapid growth in Streatham and West Norwood, developments of street markets and food trade in Waterloo, Vauxhall, Kennington and other areas, Lambeth is definitely a major player in the street food revolution talked of in the 2012 Defra Green Food Project. Caterers are an important link in the supply chain between manufacturers and consumers.

For lovers of great food and the restaurants and venues that cater, there is a natural link with art, craft and creative arts. Indeed the focus for this mentoring programme is ‘feast’ – for the eyes, body and soul, something that the whole community can celebrate and be part of.

The Small Business Survey of 2012 monitored the growth level of small businesses and found that the growth level for those with mentoring was 26% compared with 11% for those without. Mentoring support is vital for developing our businesses.

Our work has already begun, with a number of mentoring relationships already initiated since our success for the bid was announced. Beneficiaries include Robyn Parker of Archie Mac Textile Designs; Rishin Paonaskar’s healthy snack bars; Reshmita Kashyap’s innovative shoulder bags; Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties to name just a few.

However we are seeking to attract new volunteer mentors from around and beyond the borough – people who want to be a part of the major resurgence of food and crafts that is transforming the character of the borough, making it an attractive destination spot for foodies and art lovers alike.

We want the regeneration that we see all around us to benefit the indigenous communities, people who have lived here all their lives. A majority of the start-up businesses that Tree Shepherd support with launch and development are run by people who are coming off benefits and are setting up something they have always dreamed about. The mentoring support will be a lifeline for them.

CELEBRATORY EVENT – TUESDAY 18th MARCH 6PM – MENTORS AND MENTEES INVITED

To launch the mentoring programme, Tree Shepherd are hosting a celebratory event.

VENUE: Brixton East 1871 Ltd, 71 Gresham Road, London SW9 7NS

DATE: Tuesday 18th March 2014 6pm until late

RSVP: Lydia Gardner at lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk / 020 3697 1540

In addition to this exciting official launch, there will be a wide selection of foods, creative arts, music and entertainment

Ingrid Marsh’s Posh Patties – a mentoring success story for 2014

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Archie Mac London Ltd

Robyn Parker

robyn-parker

Robyn Parker, 28, first met Tree Shepherd by enquiring about our Friday business surgery. She produces amazing cushions and soft furnishings from her own original fabric designs but wanted some help converting her creative talent into a real business that could support and train other women who have been less fortunate.

After meeting with Colin, Robyn decided to attend our Start your own Enterprise course. There she met several other very creative students with whom she is forming a cooperative.

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Emerald and Cerise Floral Design

Paulette with floral arrangementPaulette Roberts

Paulette, 56, has a background in design and has always been creative, even making her own clothes as a child aged 10. Working with flowers had always been an interest and in the 1980s she recalls commissions such as  huge foliage pieces for a wine bar and a floral display for an estate agent.

Yet for various reasons she didn’t pursue it then. In 2000 she joined a church and began arranging flower displays for them as a volunteer. Then in 2012, after losing a job in the arts, a friend suggested she return to floral design and this gave her the confidence.

It was an opportune time for her to  come across Tree Shepherd. Her goal for one year’s time is to have a shop selling home products with a floral design studio attached.

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The Iron Ladies

Iron LadiesClair Ridgewell

Clair, aged 36, is separated with four children under 10 and lives in West Norwood. She came to the enterprise course in September 2012 after seeing an advert at High Trees. She  was keen to be fully self-employed after finishing – despite the pressures of being threatened with eviction due to the benefit cap.

Clair, who doesn’t have an academic background, was an exemplar student. Soon after completion, Colin met Clair for a Friday surgery catch-up, only to find out that she has come off benefits and launched her cleaning company called The Iron Ladies. She now employs five people.

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