Mayor joins celebration in Hammersmith as 15 budding entrepreneurs start up for the first time

Entrepreneurs, business people, local residents and the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham came together today to celebrate the graduation of 15 participants from Tree Shepherd’s Start Your Own Enterprise course.

The 8-week course was funded by Hammersmith & Fulham council alongside Hammersmith United Charities, White City Big Local and with support from Land Securities and the Petit Miracle Hub. This course is just the beginning of an exciting entrepreneurial journey for local residents.

The programme took entrepreneurs though all the essentials of starting and running a business, plus key principles of business administration including understanding your market, managing money and dealing with customers. Participants are excited to start a range of new businesses, from food stalls to clothing to mental health support for young people.

Each successful participant was presented with a Tree Shepherd graduation certificate by the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Michael Cartwright.

One of the participants, Tieyan Eweka-Olorunfemi, who is setting up her own food business, Jollof Mama, said “I am very passionate about West Indian food and I’ve already started trading at some markets and festivals The course has helped me to focus and to take my business to the next level.”

Another participant, Morakot Daniels, who is setting up a business selling exotic fruit soaps, said “It was a full-day course over 8 days but the time flew. I really enjoyed the course – can I repeat it?”

Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd said, “It’s fantastic to work here in Hammersmith and welcome another cohort of Tree Shepherd graduates to our ever-growing Forest Network. I never cease to be impressed by the amount of talent and sheer get-up-and-go of London residents, and we look forward to helping their businesses to grow and develop. This course is just the beginning, and Tree Shepherd will be there to support them with every step.”

The businesspeople are supported by Petit Miracle Hub, a local charity which reduces unemployment through provision of skills training in traditional craft, restoration, basic DIY, painting & decorating, interior design trades, retail, entrepreneurship and business skills. The entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to tap into retail opportunities through the Petit Miracle Hub business incubator, which includes a shop in the West 12 Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

Elisicia, Petit Miracles, Founder said:“We are delighted to be working in partnership to offer a new kind of opportunity to local residents. The entrepreneurs get a chance to grow their own start-up business, from fledgling idea to actually trading from our community shop. By sharing our knowledge and encouraging the group to support one another we are creating our very own collaborative ecosystem.”

The Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Michael Cartwright, said “It’s great to see these community organisations coming together to deliver such a great programme. I was impressed by the entrepreneurs and their enthusiasm, and I’m sure they will make a success of their businesses off the back of this 8-week course.”

To find out about future training opportunities for entrepreneurs in White City, email info@treeshepherd.org.uk or call us on 020 3697 1541.

To find out about trading opportunities in Shepherd’s Bush or other locations, visit www.petitmiracles.org.uk/hub or email elisicia@petitmiracles.org.uk

 

 

 

Tree Shepherd brings 28 new stalls to LOVE YOUR LOCAL MARKET 2017

Tree Shepherd is proud to be a key partner in Brixton Love Your Local Market 2017. 30+ new traders have signed up and every day from Friday 26th to Wednesday 31st May they will be joining the 40 existing traders for this annual celebration.

Trading times 10am to 5pm every day 26th to 31st May, including the Bank Holiday Monday.

In the evenings and throughout the days there will also be activities and entertainment happening in Brixton Village and Market Row. This will include a programme of music and performance with everything from Salsa to Bagpipes!

Some background from Brixton Business Improvement District:

Brixton Markets are vital to our town centre and high street trading, offering much more than just a shopping experience.

Our 2017 Love Your Local Market campaign in Brixton will, for the first time, celebrate the unique combined offers of our indoor and outdoor markets. Brixton has a rich history of markets and market trading not seen elsewhere in London. Often described as the heart and soul of Brixton’s retail offer, our markets; Brixton Village and Market Row, Electric Avenue, Popes Road, Brixton Station Road, Tunstall Road, and Reliance Arcade are normally a gauge of the vibrancy of our local retail offering.

With the recent refurbishment of the Electric Avenue market, Love Your Local Market 2017 becomes the first opportunity to exhibit to the public Electric Avenue in all its new glory. Brixton Village and Market Row will entice the public with its unusual shopping experiences and options.

Brixton BID will this year join local key stakeholders and partners in celebrating European Launch of Love Your Local Market 2017:

Lambeth Council
Groupe Geraud / Brixton Village and Market Row
Brixton Pound
Brixton Market Traders Federation CIC
Brixton Society
Lambeth Forest Network / Tree Shepherd

Markets are not just in May but all-year-round. Local shoppers are becoming wary of long supply chains and are once again turning to local butchers, bakers, and traders and other traditional outlets. Markets still hold a special place in the hearts of local people, offering a friendly place to shop and socialise.

Last year’s Love Your Local Market activities included ‘our celebrity breakfast’ and high-quality entertainment throughout the week-long celebrations. This brought an increase in footfall to our market areas. This year, the focus is on delivering a week of events, attractions, and entertainment with a greater focus on fun, increased trade, and increased footfall.

Our festival is again scheduled to take advantage of this year’s school half-term in May, thereby encouraging children and families to visit and participate in our fun and festivities.

We are encouraging market operators, traders and members of the public to join us for a week of activities!

Highlights

Discounts
‘Celebrity Breakfast’
Giveaways
Tours
Entertainment
Face painting
World music

Follow: @TreeShepherdUK and @LYLMBrixton

Enquiries: 020 3697 1540

Tree Shepherd launches new Saturday Start Up sessions for career changers

Working Monday to Friday but wish you were your own boss? Ready to set up your own enterprise but not sure how to start? Looking for some business support but short on time?

If this sounds like you, read on…

Tree Shepherd has supported over 800 people since 2013 to explore their business ideas and to develop them into a business plan and, in 40% of cases, a company has started trading. In that time, we have delivered over 70 training courses and workshops, such as our 8-week Start Your Own Enterprise programme.

Now, due to popular demand, we are offering for the first time a part-time intensive programme at weekends to help you turn your business idea into reality. Participants on our Saturday Start Up programme will get:

  • 4 half-day group sessions to help take you from business idea to business plan
  • a 1-to-1 mentoring session with one of our friendly, experienced business advisors
  • free membership of the Forest Enterprise Network (an umbrella organisation of local traders which helps Lambeth-based start-ups collaborate and grow)

The cost of the full Saturday Start Up programme is £350, with concessions available for learners on benefits or low income. The course will run on 4 consecutive Saturdays starting on 17th June. This special intensive course will be limited to 15 places only, so click here now to register your interest or call us for more information on 020 3697 1541.

 

Started your own enterprise? Now what?

Scale Up Masterclass

Starting a business is hard. And once your business is up and running, scaling it up so it reaches its full potential is also hard.

At Tree Shepherd, we have supported over 700 budding entrepreneurs since 2013 to turn their business ideas into reality and 40% of those new businesses have successfully started trading. We’ve run Start Your Own Enterprise courses, we’ve held one-to-one business advice clinics and we’ve run events and street markets to help people test trade their products and services.

So how can we help once you’ve started test trading? Drum roll please….

We are proud to announce our new Scale Up Your Business course! This interactive 4-day course is aimed at Lambeth residents who are already trading on a small scale and are ready to grow. Perhaps you are working from home and need to make the transition to formal shared workspace. You may be generating income but need to improve your financial management and cashflow. You may have found your first customers and now need to hone your brand and marketing to build a pipeline of customers. If this sounds like you, sign up here for our Scale Up Your Business course starting 13th July. The course will run at We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7AA, just a few minutes away from Brixton tube station.

As with all of our courses, all business ideas are welcome and no academic qualifications are required. The course is free for individuals aged 18+ resident in the borough of Lambeth who are unemployed or receiving benefits or on low household income.

Tree Shepherd CEO Colin Crooks says, ‘We’re delighted to be able to offer this new course. At Tree Shepherd we have found that clients who engage with us over a prolonged period of time make more progress with their business, and we hope that our new Scale Up Your Business course helps even more people to push on and turn their start-up into a sustainable enterprise.  With Universal Credit requiring people to prove they are “gainfully self-employed” this course is essential for everyone who is starting out but still claiming some sort of benefit.

If you’d like to sign up or if you have any questions, just drop us a line at info@treeshepherd.org.uk or call us on 020 3697 1537 or on 020 3697 1541. Alternatively, just leave your details here and we’ll give you a call back.

 

Vote for Tree Shepherd by 5 May: Help 100 businesses in Southwark with a simple mouseclick

Press Release

21 April 2017

Tree Shepherd calls on residents to vote for NatWest funding

Tree Shepherd has been shortlisted by a nationwide competition to receive £35,000 to help over 100 businesses in Southwark. But it needs local residents’ support to make its dreams a reality. The organisation, which helps residents with little or no business experience in Southwark and Lambeth become entrepreneurs, is in the final stage of the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund competition, and needs public votes to win the funding.

If they win the vote, Tree Shepherd will offer intensive business training and business advice clinics to local residents, helping new businesses start up and existing ones to thrive. They will also offer residents trading opportunities in local markets and provide 1-1 advice and mentoring. Tree Shepherd has already beaten thousands of others to get to the final stage of the competition, but the decision lies with the Great British public, with the winners decided by a public vote, which opens today 21 April, and runs until 5 May.  Please vote now by going to : http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote and selecting ‘Tree Shepherd’

Lucknow 2 London – British Food with an Indian Twist

Nida Usmani and her sister, Saher, from South London, took part in a Tree Shepherd course, turning their dream of running an Indian food business into reality:

Nida, owner of Lucknow to London says, “One day, I was made redundant after many years in the same job. It was a massive shock and I didn’t know what to do with myself. My whole world was just turned upside down. After a few weeks of sitting down trying to work out a plan, my sister and I decided to go for it and fulfil our dream – to bring our home-cooked food from Lucknow, to London. We had no idea how to start. Then we came across Tree Shepherd. They were amazing from the start. They helped us write a business plan, make useful contacts and get our very first market stall pitch. We now run a number of stalls in Lambeth and Southwark, cater at events and business has really taken off. Tree Shepherd has given us so much support the whole time. Starting a business is daunting, but if you’ve got someone looking out for you then these things become possible. Please vote so that many more people can have the same opportunity we had.’

Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd said, ‘There’s an entrepreneur inside everyone and I am constantly impressed – but never surprised – by the ingenuity and drive shown by people in Southwark.  Please vote for us! This is a fantastic opportunity to help Southwark thrive as a bustling business area, create new jobs and build a local trading network. We need your support though – please tell your family and friends. We’re already seen 650 businesses develop with Tree Shepherd over the last 3 years, and we’d love to give more people the opportunity.’

The NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund launched in May 2015 and since then has given away over £5m in funding. The Fund provides grants of up to £35,000 to local not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Ireland that are helping people in our most deprived communities to gain the skills and opportunities to develop financial capabilities or set up their own business.

Thom Kenrick, Head of Community Programmes said: “At NatWest,  we know that we can make the biggest difference when we help people help themselves. We’re asking the public to get behind the good causes that matter most to them.”

To vote for Tree Shepherd to win £35,000 from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund, please go to:

Notes to Editors

  1. Tree Shepherd is a social enterprise helping disadvantaged people across London start businesses. Since its inception in 2013, over 650 people have started, or are in the process of developing, their business with the help of Tree Shepherd. Tree Shepherd offers business courses, masterclasses, 1-1 business clinics, and a Forest Network of local traders to create local trading opportunities.  treeshepherd.org.uk
  2. Photo attached: caption (left to right) – Saher and Nida from Lucknow to London serve up their popular food at a local market stall.
  3. NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund The Fund is estimated to have reached over 25,000 people since its inception, contributing to each individual’s chance to succeed, and is likely to positively impact at least double this number by the end of 2017

Help start 25 new businesses in Southwark with a simple mouseclick

Lucknow 2 London – British food with an Indian twist

South London social enterprise Tree Shepherd has been shortlisted by a nationwide competition for £35,000 to support over 100 local businesses in Southwark to grow and help 25 local residents set up brand new businesses. But it needs your support to make its dreams a reality. The organisation, which helps residents in Southwark and Lambeth who don’t have any experience in business to become entrepreneurs, is in the final stage of the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund competition and needs public votes to win the funding.

Please vote now by clicking on this link.

If they win the vote, Tree Shepherd will offer intensive business training and business advice clinics to local residents, helping new businesses start up and existing ones to thrive. They will also offer residents trading opportunities in local markets and provide 1-1 advice and mentoring. Tree Shepherd has already beaten thousands of others to get to the final stage of the competition, but the decision lies with the Great British public, with the winners decided by a public vote, which opens today 21 April, and runs until 5 May. To vote, just click on this link.

Nida Usmani and her sister, Saher, from South London, took part in a Tree Shepherd course, turning their dream of running an Indian food business into reality:

Nida, owner of Lucknow to London says, “One day, I was made redundant after many years in the same job. It was a massive shock and I didn’t know what to do with myself. My whole world was just turned upside down. After a few weeks of sitting down trying to work out a plan, my sister and I decided to go for it and fulfil our dream – to bring our home-cooked food from Lucknow, to London. We had no idea how to start. Then we came across Tree Shepherd. They were amazing from the start. They helped us write a business plan, make useful contacts and get our very first market stall pitch. We now run a number of stalls in Lambeth and Southwark, cater at events and business has really taken off. Tree Shepherd has given us so much support the whole time. Starting a business is daunting, but if you’ve got someone looking out for you then these things become possible. Please vote so that many more people can have the same opportunity we had.’

Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd said, “There’s an entrepreneur inside everyone and I am constantly impressed – but never surprised – by the ingenuity and drive shown by people in Southwark. Please vote for us! This is a fantastic opportunity to help Southwark thrive as a bustling business area, create new jobs and build a local trading network. We need your support though – please tell your family and friends. We’re already seen 650 businesses develop with Tree Shepherd over the last 3 years, and we’d love to give more people the opportunity.”

The NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund launched in May 2015 and since then has awarded over £5m in funding. The Fund provides grants of up to £35,000 to local not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Ireland that are helping people in our most deprived communities to gain the skills and opportunities to develop financial capabilities or set up their own business.

To vote for Tree Shepherd to win £35,000 from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund, please go to: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/

 

TREE SHEPHERD NETWORK EVENT AT WHIRLED CINEMA 27TH MARCH 2017

Are you a Lambeth resident looking to trade at the Country Show?

Amaia - Trill VibesThis year’s Lambeth Country Show takes place on 15th & 16th July in Brockwell Park. Once again, Tree Shepherd will have a large marquee for the Lambeth Forest Network in a prime location hosting 30 spaces (with share options available).

Only Lambeth residents should apply and if numbers are high, priority will be given to people in their first year of engaging with Tree Shepherd support.

To find out more and to register your interest, please answer all questions on this survey:

LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW FOREST NETWORK APPLICATION SURVEY

For more info on London’s biggest and best free festival, go to: www.lambethcountryshow.co.uk

 

 

 

Starting up in business? Finances making your head spin? We can help.

Tree Shepherd jpeg largeIf you want to learn about basic accounting, cash flow, taxes and finances for your business, come along to our FREE masterclasses to find out more.

No experience is required, and no question is too silly! Everyone is in the same boat, so come along and learn what you need to make your business fly. Tree Shepherd offers start-ups across Lambeth the mentoring, advice and support they need to help develop fully-functioning, profit-making businesses. Courses are free to all Lambeth residents with a low household income or those receiving benefits.

4-day Finance Masterclass

These short courses are aimed at people who perhaps have a basic understanding of basic bookkeeping, profit & loss and cashflow and would like to explore it in more detail with a view to developing their business.

WHEN: Tuesday 28th February – Friday 3rd March 2017, 10am-4pm

WHERE: We Are 366, Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 7AA

 

1-day Accounts & Tax Masterclass

This new 1-day course is very much a practical, interactive workshop aimed at people who have set up a business and are already trading. It will help you keep records, create a set of accounts and do a tax return. All of this will be done using real numbers – your numbers!

WHEN: Thursday 23rd February 2017, 10am-4pm

WHERE: We Are 366, Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 7AA

 

Reserve your place today by calling 020 3697 1537 or emailing candice@treeshepherd.org.uk 

Dates don’t work for you or looking for something different? Click here to find out about the other free courses we run.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Tree Shepherd Team

 

Do you want to trade with a concession in a Lambeth open space?

Luck 2 London - British Food with an Indian Twist

Luck 2 London – British Food with an Indian Twist

Tree Shepherd is helping Lambeth Council recruit trading concessions for parks and open spaces.

Traditionally such trading might involve an icecream van – but we want to see if this can be opened up to all kinds of trade – food and non-food.

Are you interested in this opportunity?

 

To complete a survey and register your interest to trade in a park or open space, please hit the link: CONCESSION SURVEY

Analysis suggests the following sites may be suitable for concessions:

– Spring Gardens / Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (just inside Kennington Lane entrance by  Vauxhall Tavern)
– Larkhall Park: Just inside Wandsworth Road entrance
– Windrush Square: near Effra Road / Saltoun Road Junction
– Emma Cons Gardens: on the periphery of The Cut boundary
– Clapham Common: knoll behind Clapham Common underground station

Industries to be explored will include:
– Food / Catering
– Beverages / Drinks
– Gardening / Flowers
– Park Activity / Community Groups
– Bike Services
– Retail (various)
– Other

Types of concessions to be considered include:
– Van with serving hatch
– Wheeled unit
– Temporary Structure
– Gazebo
– Marquee
– Stall
– Other

To complete a survey and register your interest to trade in a park or open space, please hit the link: CONCESSION SURVEY

Any questions, please call 020 3697 1540

Email: lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk