Successful speed mentoring night!

  Thursday 26th September saw our first major networking event in our new offices at The Brix, St Matthew’s Church in central Brixton. We were delighted to welcome 11 volunteer mentors from across the business spectrum to an event where they had an opportunity to meet with 30 Forest Network entrepreneurs. It provided the perfect arena for people to practice their pitching skills and connect with others who are committed to supporting the growth of start-up businesses in Lambeth. Several mentoring relationships have been established and we look forward to seeing these grow. Delicious catering was provided by our Forest member, Rishin Paonaskar (@Rishs_dishes) and Brixton’s […]

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Friday Start-up Surgery

Tree Shepherd is starting a new start-up business surgery for Lambeth entrepreneurs every Friday at our new offices in the Brix, St Matthew’s Church, Brixton. To see if you are eligible for a free consultation with Colin Crooks please contact: Lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk or call 07985 397464 (by appointment only)

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New enterprise course starts September 10th at High Trees

The popular Start Your Own Enterprise course will begin again on September 10th at High Trees . This is an eight week course that is ideal for Lambeth residents who need the tools and confidence to set up and run their own business. The course is delivered in an enjoyable, inclusive and fully supportive way to ensure that everybody gets the most from the experience. Learners are encouraged to interact and take advantage of the Forest Enterprise Network that is on offer when they complete. On studying the course you will have the core skills to be able to: define the key […]

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Class of Summer 2013

This summer has seen the successful graduation for two cohorts on the Start Your Own Enterprise course. The first was an eight-week course delivered at High Trees Community Development Trust on Tulse Hill and the second a five-week course delivered at the Spires Centre in Streatham. 19 students graduated at High Trees and 10 at Spires, all people with entrepreneurial flare who are looking to set up and develop new businesses in Lambeth. Businesses range from hot pepper sauce, flower arranging, counselling and childcare services to printing bags and nutritious snacks, with one student introducing insect snacks to the Lambeth market. […]

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Tree Shepherd to run the office of Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Lambeth

We are delighted to announce that Tree Shepherd has been commissioned to run the office of Social Entrepreneur in Residence for the London Borough of Lambeth. The role puts into practice Tree Shepherd’s programme to tackle unemployment and create new jobs. The Social Entrepreneur in Residence will implement a range of initiatives to catalyse job creation in the borough, including: – training budding entrepreneurs in business skills and helping them to turn their business ideas into businesses – matching local people with practical business experience with early-stage entrepreneurs to offer mentoring support, helping them get their ideas off the ground – building […]

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Free ‘Start Your Own Business’ course in Streatham

Do you have an idea for a business but are not sure where to start? Or have you started to plan your business and want to know what the next steps are? Tree Shepherd, Spires and Lambeth Council have teamed up to offer a free ‘Start Your Own Business’ course starting in Streatham on 1st July which aims to help you with your business or business idea. The course will be run by Colin Crooks, Lambeth’s leading social entrepreneur and author of the book ‘How to Make a Million Jobs’. Location: Spires, 8 Tooting Bec Gardens, Streatham, London SW16 1RB […]

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Streatham Common Co-operative project

Colin will be guest speaker at an event on 5th June 2013 to promote the Streatham Common Co-operative project. He has been invited to draw upon his experience as a social entrepreneur to provide a background on the development of social enterprises and co-operatives at the next Friends of Streatham Common AGM. This will take place on June 5th at 7.45 pm at Sainsbury’s cafe, 480 Streatham High Road, London SW16 3PY. This is an open event, free to all. Refreshments will be provided.

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Business surgery on social enterprise in Lambeth

Business surgery on social enterprise in Lambeth Are you thinking of setting up a social enterprise? If so, join us on our FREE two-hour interactive workshop! This will suit individuals considering starting a social enterprise and established social enterprises, and the workshop is designed to inspire and help you start up or improve your current business model. You will learn the basics of legal frameworks of social enterprise and tips on building a successful and sustainable business venture. This workshop will be held by Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks and will take place: On Thursday 6th June between 5pm and 7pm […]

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LVAC training leads to “copious note-taking”!

Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks delivered a LVAC training session on 23rd May as part of a development programme for local voluntary sector organisations that are looking to set up social enterprises. The training was very well received and the following kind words come from Marcus at Peach Consultancy, who organised the programme. “Many thanks for speaking at our session last week. We all thought it was great. Everyone thoroughly appreciated you giving them expert feedback on their pitches, your talk on the key elements of successful enterprise was littered with interesting examples, and the drawing exercise was fun and informative […]

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Colin to speak at Glasgow Caledonian University London

Tree Shepherd’s Colin Crooks will be guest speaker at a special session at Glasgow Caledonian University London on Friday 10th May on the subject of ‘Be the Tuning Fork – Resonating the Vision & Passion’. The session is a part of Frontrunner, a course for university students who have a track record of leading change, and is being organised by Common Purpose. Colin said he is very much looking forward to engaging with the students and finding out how many of them are committed to tackling the issues being addressed by Tree Shepherd. For more information, please email colin@treeshepherd.org.

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