L plates for entrepreneurs

As a society we are very supportive of people when they are learning.  When we open the new Christmas game we take a few dummy runs at it so the whole family can learn the rules.  When I was a kid we even had a “doggy’s chance” whereby a younger player might be let off losing the first time so they could stay in the game. At school, students take mock exams to get themselves used to exam conditions and to practise the dark art of examination technique. When we start a job we go through a probation period so […]

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MENTORING: A Powerful Effect on Start-ups

If you’re starting a new business, one of the most useful skills is experience. Unfortunately, if you’re starting your own business for the first time, it’s the one skill you definitely won’t have. One way you can avoid being disadvantaged too much by your own lack of business experience is by learning from other people’s experiences.That’s where mentoring comes in. Mentoring for small business people is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. According to figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2012 Annual Small Business Survey, 26% of small businesses run by people who had the support of […]

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Continued excellent reviews for Colin’s book

Throughout 2013, Colin’s book ‘How to make a Million Jobs’ has gained a steady stream of excellent critiques on Amazon and continues to be highly relevant for today’s economy. Of the 21 reviews posted, 16 are 5 star and 5 are 4 star. Please find a selection below. Chloe, October 2013 “This book is a really interesting insight into the current unemployment crisis within the UK. Written from first-hand knowledge of the situation, and with a passion to make things better for everyone Crooks has written a practical book which clearly outlines how employers patience and our collective understanding can […]

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Colin to speak at Ethical Event 16th January 2014

Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd, will be sharing insights on his book ‘How to make a Million Jobs’ for an evening hosted by Ethical Events at St Faith’s Church, Red Post Hill, London SE24 9JQ. He will also talk about his pioneering role as Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Lambeth Council. He will provide the inside story on how Tree Shepherd is managing to help change the fortunes of many unemployed people in Lambeth, helping them become self-employed and employ others. The event is 8pm on Thursday 16th January. To book for the event please email Benny Dembitzer at director@ethical-events.org  

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Blog Friday Business Surgery

The Tree Shepherd Surgery – where businesses get the help they need. Every Friday, Tree Shepherd opens its doors to local businesses to share, discuss and hopefully resolve any problems they are experiencing or provide some direction that will enable them to grow. The surgery is open to all businesses, whether just starting-up or well established and is free to Lambeth based businesses. Colin Crooks, our founder, says “Our philosophy at Tree Shepherd is to support and encourage energy and good ideas but to also challenge the entrepreneur to make sure all the important things are covered. I regularly find […]

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Short business courses at Lambeth College

At the Lambeth College Brixton Centre, there are two short business courses coming up this November: Level 1 QCF in marketing on Fridays 10am-12pm from 8th November to 6th December. Non-accredited business course for start-ups and established businesses on Wednesdays 10am-12pm from 6th November to 4th December. Courses are free if you are on benefits. A small cost applies if you are not. Please call 0207 501 5000 to express interest.

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Want to start your own business? Tackling the fear of failure

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You’re not alone. The RBS Enterprise Tracker, a regular survey into what we think about entrepreneurship, – http://unltd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RBS-Youth-Enterprise-Tracker-Summary_2nd-Quarter-2013-FINAL.pdf – reports that 38% of the UK’s adult population who are not currently self-employed would like to start their own business. At the same time that millions of us want to start businesses, there are also millions of us looking for work. According to the latest official unemployment figures – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24045546 -, nearly 4million of us are currently either out of work or working part-time because we’re not able to find a full-time […]

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Three Hands Promotes Our Mentor Programme

Three Hands are experts in creating high impact, real-life projects and partnerships to address business needs and benefit communities. In their October newsletter, they look at leadership development, senior skills-based volunteering, investing in STEM skills and graduate development. They also mention some of the most interesting opportunities they’ve come across recently for employees to contribute to education and employability initiatives. Tree Shepherd is proud to be included. http://www.threehands.co.uk/news/2013/volunteering-that-counts  

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Morley College Shop on Lower Marsh Business Planning Course

Thursdays 17th, 24th, 31st Oct, 7th, 14th, 28th Nov 10am – 4pm Aim: To enable learners to research and produce the key components for a business plan and present them to the Morley College investment team. Morley College is planning to set up a retail outlet in Lower Marsh for student and tutor activities. It will be a working environment for students on enterprise courses, employability courses and accredited health and beauty courses. It will provide self-employment opportunities for newly qualified beauty and holistic therapists and provide professional development for tutors. The shop will have spaces for workshops and short […]

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Stockwell Enterprise Course in November

The popular ‘Start your own Enterprise’ course will be delivered at Stockwell Park Community Centre this November. Delivery is in partnership with Morley College. Explore why you want to run a business. Understand how to price your product and sell it. Learn how to research your market and then manage your customers. Develop your presentation skills and understand the key issues relating to business planning and legal procedures. Enrol: Complete enrolment form on Monday 4th November 10am – 1pm Address: 21 Aytoun Place, Stockwell SW9 0TE Course: Mondays 11th November to 16th December 10am – 4pm The course is free for anyone on any state benefits. […]

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