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.

Ibile Botanica


Created by Mutulu Oblongata & Seyi Balogun, IBILE BOTANICA creates fresh organic and artisanal blended beverages. Our head Botanical Mixologist, Mutulu serves rich-tasting teas, thirst-quenching juices and cocktails/mocktails that are a layered blend of fruits, herbs and spices.

All juices; iced teas, tisanes and mocktails are   cultivated specifically to induce “feel-good   hormones”. Mutulu refers to her unique blends as “Foods for Moods. Each beverage is packed with   organic nutrients with the additional bonus of  caressing the taste buds.

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Chic and Discreet

Chic and Discreet is a brand created and run by a mama for mamas. This mama is truly passionate about helping other mothers feed their babies in comfort and style.
 Each item is designed and created with both mothers and babies needs in mind. Breastfeeding has never been more aesthetically beautiful and accessible (in both senses of the word.  haha)
Gone are the days of obviously and awkwardly feeding in public places trying to avert your gaze from all the people in your vicinity. Bye Bye to freezing cold and exposed chests.
Hello freedom!
It is my intention to make clothes that are worthy for mothers and any woman even if they’re not breastfeeding!

The super T – Chic and Discreet’s breastfeeding designs:

  • invisible zip feeding access
  • warm and soft material
  • Super stretchy
  • invisibly affordable (for nursing wear)



UPCIRCLE is a design studio based in London that offers design consultancy services on digital, graphic, furniture and interior design. The studio was formed by three partners with the same passion for innovative, inspiring and sophisticated design and thanks to their multidisciplinary, highly qualified and experienced team, The studio takes care of projects from the beginning to completion with one key word: Sustainability.

Bibiana, Mercedes and Ophelia believe that a design project has the responsibility to respect the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability and take special concern in the choice of suppliers, manufacturers, makers and partners. The studio takes its inspiration from the Slow Design Movement, Upcycling and Circular Economy. They prioritise the value of the maker’s hand and celebrate the idiosyncrasies of things imperfect and ageing, raised by our action to tailored, meaningful and innovative concepts.

UPCIRCLE believes in the quality of design and service to draw your project in the shape of a valuable and positive impact towards the society.

Thank you.


I design and make cushions, for high end interiors market, visit my website at:  for a selection of the styles available.

I offer a bespoke service, designs are tailor made to match existing upholstery or uniquely designed with a modern or traditional twist I specialise each design using contrasting colours and textures to create an entirely unique finish.

I collaborate with interior designers and source special bespoke fabrics to order depending on your needs.

Etia Designs

Afro Urban collection inspired by South London which combines street style and raw culture.

The name Etia Design comes from the oldskool childhood game where you match letters with whom you Love.

We are Jay and Fede – husband and wife, we decided to go on this journey to be able to combine our passions for fashion; a lot of love goes into Etia’s clothing. I embarked on course in business and pattern cutting, whilst Fede who was already studying Fashion Design went on to get her MA in Digital Fashion. The combined result was Etia – a London-based brand dedicated to championing self-expression through bold statement t-shirts.

Started off as an idea in 2013 and made the idea a reality in 2014. We started with a small collection of T-shirts and since then we have grown into activewear and created an Afro Urban collection inspired by South London which combines street style and raw culture.

We have been trading in our lovely local Brixton (London) for the last 2 years and have had so much love and support from the community who have been helpful and encouraging.

We design, create the patterns, cut and make all our products and we source our material locally. T-shirts, Hoodies , Tracksuits and sweatshirts for now // Made to order,  Please allow a couple of weeks for big quantities orders to be processed in time.

Our passion is big and we just want to share it, join us on our journey.









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


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.