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

Our CEO , Colin Crooks, in New Years Honours List!

We are delighted to announce that Colin Crooks, our CEO has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honours List. The award is for his services to disadvantaged communities in London.
Colin has created several social enterprises, in accord with his two passions; protecting the environment and helping less fortunate people.
Colin’s career as a social entrepreneur goes back to 1989 when he started Papercycle, which operated from a long-gone warehouse in Brixton. There he employed dozens of unemployed local people to collect and recycle office paper. Later, he ran Cybercycle on the Angell Town estate which trained unemployed young people to refurbish computers.
In 2000, he started Green-Works where in partnership with homelessness charity, First Fruit. He secured a huge contract with HSBC to recycle their old office furniture when they moved to Canary Wharf. Over the next 12 years Green-Works employed more than 800 people from difficult backgrounds and recycled 47,000 tonnes of furniture.
Colin set up Tree Shepherd in 2012. Since then, we have helped 700 people to start and grow their own business. In addition to helping new start-ups we are now supporting and advising long-established businesses struggling with change. In the Elephant and Castle, Peckham, Greenwich, Westminster and Canada Water many businesses are facing significant redevelopment all around them.
When asked about the award, Colin replied “all the projects I’ve worked on have required an unbelievable amount of support from other people and this MBE is recognition not only for me but for all the people, partners, supporters, champions, employees and contractors who have worked with me over the years to support local communities and people to succeed”

New Challenge in Westminster

Church Street, just off the Edgware Road, hosts the longest street market in London and is home to a fascinating food, textiles, antiques and arts quarter. It is also the most deprived area in the borough which is undergoing massive regeneration change and in the next ten years, under the new Masterplan, three key buildings on Church Street will also be regenerated – replacing old low-level buildings with new high-rise buildings with flats and new retail units. Not only will buildings, roads and public realm change – but so will the community.

Westminster Council are keen to keep all local businesses and residents on board with the regeneration programme and want to support the indigenous businesses to help them withstand the change and develop sustainable businesses that can cater to the ever-changing local economy and to the needs and tastes of both the established residents and the new incoming ones.

In response to this, Westminster has commissioned Tree Shepherd to deliver a comprehensive programme of local economy support. Last month, we began work on a two-year contract delivering enterprise training and business clinic support to both residents and existing businesses in and around Church Street. We want to bring in new talent and reinvigorate existing businesses and bring more trade and to the area.

We deliver workshops both during the day to cater for people who may be unemployed and needing the flexibility that self-employment offers – and in the evening after work for the benefit of workers and business owners.

We are helping to build a new startup economy as well as protect the old. Our Business Development Executive Rhona Fairbairn is busy recruiting for the workshops and business support as well as connecting with key stakeholders in the area. She is joined by Senior Project Manager Lydia Gardner who has a particular focus on building relationships with the market traders and on recruiting local unemployed people into the startup element of the enterprise training.

rhona@treeshepherd.org.uk

Business Advice contract expands in the ELEPHANT AND CASTLE

Since June 2017, Tree Shepherd has been based in the iconic 1960s shopping centre at the Elephant and Castle. From there we have been helping a group of 28 long-standing independent businesses to survive and navigate the planned regeneration of the area, which will include the bringing down of the centre. Having established a successful outreach programme in Peckham, assisting businesses being affected by regeneration change, we had a wealth of experience to bring to this new challenge.

Through continuous outreach, meeting owners at their place of business, and on-going business clinic support, we helped businesses to tackle issues around rising costs, declining footfall, uncertainties around the planning process and management issues with the shopping centre itself. Over time we have also started to help them think about their future and start to plan for change. Where they wanted it, we became their voice at meetings with Southwark Council and the developers Delancey. Where they needed it, we offered confidential advice and support for their businesses.

Since this September things have changed quite dramatically. It had become increasingly apparent that many more businesses were in need of independent business advice after planning permission was granted in July. Our support role was rapidly expanded to include all independent businesses operating within the “red line” i.e. everyone in and around the shopping centre building. This included the all the indoors concessions, and the outside market stall holders and traders operating kiosks and containers plus two large units in the railway arches on Elephant Road. In very short order we reconfigured our programme to provide support to an additional 50 businesses within the existing agreed budget.

Brixton Xmas Market Celebrations 1st & 2nd Dec 2017

Ho ho ho!

Once again Tree Shepherd has had the pleasure of organising a two-day showcase for Lambeth Forest Network traders. Friday 1st Dec is a day of trading 10am-7pm ending in Brixton’s Christmas Lights going on. Choirs and a brass band will be outside Morleys at 7pm and before that there will be Xmas activities and traders all along Station Road. Saturday 2nd Dec is Small Business Saturday and there will be a road packed with independent traders to celebrate. Trading is 10am-6pm so make sure you visit and buy gifts and food.

See flyer for details and make sure you go and support Lambeth’s own traders. #LoveLambeth

Trader info:

  • When you arrive (by 9.30am please) please ask for John Gordon in high-vis jacket. His mobile is 07944 787336
  • Kareen Gordon, Director of Lambeth Forest Network will be there in support. Her mobile is 07397 115211
  • You are provided with a covered stall (3m x 2m) & table (3m x 1m)

Please take with you:

  • Chair
  • Table cloth
  • Decorations
  • 11 watt bayonet lightbulbs (3 to 5)
  • Price tags and labels
  • Display stands
  • Popups, business cards, banners
  • Storage case / box for underneath
  • Warm clothing and thick socks!

 

Social media top tip:

When you mention @TreeShepherdUK in your tweets, we will always share with our followers. The hashtag is #BrixtonXmas

Performance itinerary:

Friday 1st December

Brixton Station Road

  • 10:00 – 18:00 – Christmas Market w/ Tree Shepherd
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – City of London Sinfonia
  • 17:00 – 19:00 – Majestic Brass

Saturday 2nd December

Brixton Station Road

  • 10:00 – 18:00 – Christmas Market w/ Tree Shepherd
  • 15:00 – 16:00 – Shamanie & Pop Band