BE BOSS 2017 Young Entrepreneur Winner: Richie Babalola

Tree Shepherd met with a host of young people at the October 2017 Angelltown Future Festival.  This was a fantastic careers event where young people were encouraged to explore their prospects in the world of work. Many showed a keen interest in being their own boss – the question was with what kind of company?

We introduced #BEBOSS – a film-making opportunity for young people to pitch themselves, talk about their key skills, share their motivations and present on what their dream company would be. The prize was £50 cash for the best film.

We are proud to announce the winner – Richie Babalolo – and hope you enjoy watching his brilliant pitch below:

 

 

START OUT START UP 18-30 Case Study of Amanda Abrahams filmed by Florence Jones

Florence Jones was a student on our first START OUT START UP programme 2017, supporting 18-30 year-olds in Lambeth to start and develop businesses.

She has developed her own videography business: FABRICATION FILMS and produced this mini-film to showcase just one case study from the programme: Amanda Abrahams.

We thank the Walcot Foundation for making it possible to support young people from our Lambeth community who have very little income, but are driven and have a desire to be self-employed.

TEAM PROFILE OF THE MONTH – meet Sherman Dormer, Tree Shepherd’s Training Administrator

After many years working as a touring musician, Sherman joined tree shepherd in spring of 2017.

Sherman is an administrator within the training team. He is very passionate about the work he does and particularly enjoys developing relationships with the students as they progress through the course.

In his spare time, Sherman enjoys live music and watching films (particularly contemporary American cinema late 60s through to late 70s) and French new wave.

TEAM PROFILE OF THE MONTH – meet Yolanda Lopez, Tree Shepherd’s Enterprise Administrator

Yolanda works at Tree Shepherd as Enterprise Administrator organising the business incubation department. She has experience in international and local development, with a focus on the Latin American and South European communities.
Yolanda worked for years in the financial sector before returning to study and graduating from a MA in Public Policy at King’s College London, where she collaborated as a researcher. She also holds a LLB and a BA in Political Science and speaks Spanish.
When she’s not at work, Yolanda spends most of her free time cooking and practising yoga but there is one thing she’s famous for – her acclaimed performances as drag king in Soho.

Enterprise Up event in Elephant and Castle – Tues 31st October 2017

Hello Residents of the Elephant & Castle and surrounding Southwark Area!

We are inviting all residents in the Elephant and Castle area who are already trading here or thinking of going self-employed and starting a business.

Enterprise Up is an all-day event that will bring together all the local traders and neighbours who are looking for support to start or consolidate a business. The venue is The Trunk, Container Unit 2 at The Artworks 17A Elephant Rd SE17 1AY

In the morning 10am – 12.30pm:

Our CEO Colin Crooks will deliver an insightful overview on how to start, develop and maintain a business, particularly in SE1 and surrounding Southwark area. Attention will be drawn to the current opportunities and local challenges.

12.30pm to 1.30pm Refreshment break and opportunity to network

In the afternoon 1.30pm to 5.00pm

Individualised sessions where people have a chance to be paired with a business advisor and talk through particular issues. We hope to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

 

Tree Shepherd News for September 2017

3 x LAMBETH ENTERPRISE COURSES for Autumn 2017

We are excited to introduce a new offer in Lambeth. If you have studied on one of our Lambeth courses before, it is OK – you can sign up for ONE free course each year. This is as long as you are still eligible

In Lambeth, eligibility for a free course means you need to be on benefits and/or on household income below £24,700).

Most of you will have done our ‘Start Your Own Enterprise’ course. Tell your Lambeth friends – there is a new one in October.

Lambeth Courses:

START YOUR OWN ENTERPRISE

SOCIAL MEDIA 4 x DAYS

ACCOUNTS & TAX 1 x DAY

Enquiries: 020 3948 3023 training@treeshepherd.org.uk

https://treeshepherd.org.uk/enterprise-learning

New SOUTHWARK FREE SE16 START UP AND THRIVE programme – STARTS NEXT WEEK SO DON’T DELAY!

If you are a Southwark resident and live in the SE16 postcode area, you have a unique opportunity to sign up to our FREE Start Up and Thrive programme.

This starts with an 8 x week ‘Start Your Own Enterprise’ course, delivered 1 x day a week, starting Wednesday 4th October 10-4pm and continuing to Wednesday 29th November.

You will also gain access to free one-to-one business clinics and a wealth of business development and networking opportunities.

It is easy to sign up, just go to: http://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SYOEinSE16

As long as you live in SE16, you are on!

The course will be delivered in the Time & Talents room at the entrance to the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. Funded by British Land.

Enquiries: 020 3948 3023 training@treeshepherd.org.uk

Remember that once you start on the enterprise training, you are automatically joining a network of local traders, businesses, charities, natural customers and potential partners. By staying local to SE16 you have an opportunity to engage with the regeneration plans for your area and be an exciting part of it’s growth – no matter how large or small your enterprise.

GREAT START WITH OUR OTHER COURSES!

Other courses have gotten off to a flying start, with 19 students enrolling on the White City startup course and 21 starting on our South Bermondsey course. With rooms packed with learners, the possibilities for dynamic new enterprise networks to grow are boundless. We will share news on their successes in due course.

GREAT YEAR END WITH OUR ‘START OUT START UP’ PROGRAMME FOR 18-30 YEAR-OLDS

October will see the last month of our first 18-30 dedicated enterprise acceleration programme. We are studying the results of one year’s delivery and they are looking impressive!

  • We forecast 15 graduates (17 graduated)
  • 8 to reach test-trade level (in fact 11 reached this level)
  • 5 new registered businesses (8 have registered at HMRC)
  • 2 would employ (3 have employed)

When you read the individual stories behind the reports, the journeys are amazing. We will share this at the end of October on this website in the news section.

This programme was generously funded by the Walcot Foundation

NEW DEVELOPMENT IN FULHAM

Doctor Edward’s and Bishop Kings is a charity set up to support residents of the older defined Metropolitan borough of Fulham. It’s charitable aims are to help alleviate poverty and they have kindly provided a grant for us to work with the entrepreneurial people in the lower income households of this area. We will be delivering a series of workshop days and one-to-one business incubation sessions.

Dates and venues are being finalised. If you are interested in signing up, please contact info@treeshepherd.org.uk or call 020 3948 3021

GOODPEOPLE – Employment and Skills at Surrey Quays SE16

Whilst we are supporting those wanting to be self-employed in SE16, our friends at GoodPeople are collaborating with British Land to link local unemployed residents with sustainable employment and skills development opportunities in Canada Water.

They are working with employers at Surrey Quays Shopping and Leisure, as well as the Printworks. Those who are currently looking for work or have employment opportunities in this area, contact Liliana 020 3176 6711 liliana@goodpeople.co.uk

West London Startup Support 2017/18 – A Great Place for a Great Partnership

In September 2017, Tree Shepherd will once again be combining forces with our West London partners to deliver a unique programme. Our Start Your Own Enterprise programme will first be delivered at the Wood Lane Community Centre – easily accessible to the estate communities there. Then the last two sessions will be at Petitmiracles – where learners can go on to access further workshops, free retail opportunities and promotional support for every type of enterprise.

We encourage West London people to sign up now. Call 020 3948 3023/3021 or email training@treeshepherd.org.uk or go straight to this link: bit.ly/SYOE2017

Tree Shepherd celebrates success at Lambeth Country Show 2017

Only Sheepskin at LCS 2017

They say it’s hard to sell ice to Eskimos? But can you really sell sheepskin slippers in summer? Well the answer is, with the help of Tree Shepherd – YES!  2017 was another fantastic year for Tree Shepherd at the Lambeth Country Show. With 31 traders in the tent, the weekend was bustling with activity as Tree Shepherd entrepreneurs steamed through the two days, selling everything from unique designer bags, to Indian food, massages, natural products and even sheepskin slippers, which flew off the shelves. It was testament once again to Tree Shepherd’s astonishing success in helping develop small kernels of business ideas into sustainable, profit-making businesses, which go on to  form a successful trading network.

Audrey Williams with her paintings at LCS 2017

Cambridge Weight Loss ladies at their stall

Based near the fairground and charity section of the Show, the Forest Enterprise Network Tent attracted hundreds of people over the two days. Colette Thomas returned with her designer bags ‘Colster’ – a year after launching at the Show last year. And with business going well, she has expanded her range to include changing mats and bags in wipeable fabrics ideal for the beach and use at the pool. ‘Lydia asked if I wanted to come back and I said ‘I am THERE!’ It was a no-brainer. It’s great to be back in the tent’, she says.

Colette Thomas – Colster at the LCS 2017

The complete list of traders… drum roll please…
Food: Ghanaian Catering Bar, Links Kitchen, smoke n jerk, Lucknow2London, Shave Ice Desserts, Comfort and Joy Healthy Food, Home & Away Food. 

 Products: Babies World, Empressive, Cambridge Weight Plan, Made by P.L., Mousetrap London,Bespoke Jewellery and Accessories, Audrey Williams, Paintings, Age Old Knowledge, Bizzie Bodies CIC, Colster bags, Pieces by Keke, Cards 4 Life, Gagachin Designs, Only Sheepskin, Akong T-Shirts, Nubian Jak Charity, Shoop Doop, Above.

Therapies and Services: Medical and Sports Injury Therapy, K’Diva, Tree Shepherd, Dankae serenity therapies

Our tent (with a dramatic sky!)

This year Tree Shepherd also put on two bespoke events – an Indian Cooking Demo by Lucknow to London, which brought in a crowd learning how to create Indian afternoon tea, and a speaking event from Colin on How to Win in Your First Year. Both attracted new audiences and it was great to see everyone getting involved.  We were also joined by African dance troop at the end of trading on Sunday, keeping the carnival atmosphere alive!

Colin advising on making your business a success in its first year

We are especially grateful to Suzanne Vincent for at Urban Village Homes for generously supporting us. Their beautiful pink bike caught many an eye.

CEO Colin Crooks said, ‘Another outright success for Tree Shepherd at the Lambeth Country Show! This is one of my favourite times of year – you see these new businesses coming together, making those all-important sales, and putting into practice some of the tough lessons they have learnt along the way. It is a real chance to showcase the real, tangible day-to-day impact of the hours and weeks of behind-the-scenes work we do, which is made possible by our funders and supporters like Lambeth Council.  With our help 650 people are now in the process of starting a business, and there’s no greater pleasure than seeing them flourish at an event like this.  The future is bright, I can’t wait to see which stars of enterprise start to emerge this coming year.’

by Sarah Baldwin

TRADER INFO FOR LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW 2017

Welcome to the Forest Enterprise Network member’s information page for trading in the marquee at the Lambeth Country Show 2016. We are delighted that you have booked a stall at this exciting annual festival.

The dates are Sat 15th & Sun 16th July and the venue, as always, is Brockwell Park.

DIRECTIONS

Picnic Area, Herne Hill entrance side, up pathway towards hilltop cafe and our large marquee is on the right (next to the shaded tree area).

THE IMPORTANT EMAIL

First there is a VERY IMPORTANT email sent by Mike O’Shea, person in charge at the show.

PLEASE LOOK AT YOUR EMAIL INBOX FOR LYDIA GARDNER’S EMAIL DATED 5TH JULY 2017 TITLED “IMPORTANT RULES FROM LAMBETH COUNCIL FOR COUNTRY SHOW” AND READ IT ALL CAREFULLY!

There is key information on there. Crucially NONE of you will be allowed to drive on site Saturday or Sunday morning / evening. You can drive across the park Friday 14th July 10-6pm but your vehicle must be parked up in the car park on site overnight – and you able to carry over your items on the day. We think that is what they are saying, but please READ THE EMAIL – and direct your queries to show organisers.

INSURANCE. Not got it? No trading!

If you do not provide insurance to cover you for 15th & 16th July, you will not be permitted in the marquee and you will automatically lose the money you paid to be at the show. Email your market traders public liability insurance today to lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk

You signed up to:

  • Set-up, trade & tear down for full two-days 9am to 8pm.
  • Trade starts prompt at 12pm – no later (tables should be ready at 11am)
  • No sub-letting of stall
  • Abide by the risk assessment you have now provided and signed
  • Bring on site your insurance certificate

Food traders, you must also have on your stall with you:

  • Level 2 food handling hygiene certificate
  • Evidence letter of food kitchen with Council approval (4 star)
  • Your insurance, menu with prices & all other items (see email of 5th July)
  • No flame cooking, no deep fat fryers, no griddles. Microwaves, hot plates and tea urns only (Max 3kw per socket)

TO TAKE PART IN SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Please email the following to yolanda@treeshepherd.org.uk:

  1. A short sentence describing their business
  2. Your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Website addresses
  3. 1 to 6 images (png or JPEG)

FOR ON THE DAY PROMOTION

Please email yolanda@treeshepherd.org.uk

A paragraph describing how you will help to promote your presence at the show and any banners or additional material you will bring to dress your stand (bear in mind you have a 2m table and it is decided on a lottery basis whether a trader has a back wall)

DEADLINES

Today!

WHAT IF YOUR HIRED FURNITURE GETS STOLEN?

if the chair or table you hire disappear during the show, you will be liable for £20 on the chair and £80 on the table.

WHAT IF YOU LEAVE THINGS OVERNIGHT IN THE MARQUEE

This is at your own risk. Remember this is a tent in a public park. Things have been stolen in the past.

NOT PAID? ITS NOW £5/DAY FOR EVERY DAY OF NON-PAYMENT

Please note that from Wednesday 5th July 5pm onwards, any late payment will incur a £5 per day additional fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Any cancellation made by a trader that has already paid will not be entitled to any reimbursement at all as we have no time to replace you now.

RISING COSTS

Please note Tree Shepherd has not raised its hire charges from last year, but the show organisers were faced with a hire company going bust and have had to raise the cost of the marquee by £1000. This cost has not been passed on to our traders, but in future we may not be able to afford such generosity.

Please pass your thanks on to Colin and Lydia, as we fought to keep your costs down!

Updates on trading at the show will be loaded onto this page in due course.