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

LJ Works: Free business course starts next week in Loughborough Junction! Jobs event also coming soon

By Sarah Baldwin, Tree Shepherd

Ever dreamed of being your own boss? Need a local space to develop your business? Looking for local job opportunities?

Tree Shepherd is running a series of business clinics, training courses and an enterprise and jobs event for local Loughborough Junction residents ahead of the development of LJ Works. If you are finding it difficult to get a job, have ever thought about starting your own business or are looking for advice on moving to new premises, please get in touch, or come to one of the events.

On the Start Your Own Enterprise course participants will first be helped to develop their ideas, before designing a business plan, learning about cash flow, and being taught how to make their first sale.

Tutor and CEO of Tree Shepherd Colin Crooks says, ‘Please come along and join in. Everyone is in the same boat, so don’t worry if your business is just an idea at the moment. You’ll learn everything you need to put a basic business plan in place including sales and marketing, finance, presentation skills, people management, networking and all the nuts and bolts of registering a business. On graduating, you’ll belong to a vibrant Enterprise Network and benefit from free events, business clinics, regular coaching sessions, new trade and collaborative working opportunities.’

Start Your Own Enterprise Course
24 January – 21 March 2017, every Tuesday 10am– 4 pm (including an Easter break).
Loughborough Centre, 105 Angell Road, Brixton, SW9 7PD.
Book now by calling 0203 697 1538 or emailing candice@treeshepherd.org.uk

You can also find out about local job opportunities, tips on developing your business and getting into a new premises by coming along to the Enterprise and Jobs event:

Enterprise and Jobs Event
Thursday 23rd February 10 – 1pm and 2- 4 pm
Green Man Skills Zone, 225 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8RR
Drop by or register with lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk , or call 0203 697 1540
Find out more about Tree Shepherd at www.treeshepherd.org.uk

Mayor of Southwark celebrates success of Bermondsey entrepreneurs

Tree Shepherd Bermondsey entrepreneurs and Mayor of SouthwarkA wide range of entrepreneurs, professionals, councillors and local residents came together on Friday at the old Peak Frean Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, Southwark to celebrate the graduation of 10 participants from Tree Shepherd’s Grosvenor–funded Start Your Own Enterprise course.

The course ran over 8 full-day sessions from 2nd November to 25th November, and welcomed participants from across Southwark, looking to start a range of businesses, from fashion to acoustic music gigs, and was organised together with Big Local South Bermondsey. Each successful participant was presented with an end-of-course certificate by the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Kath Whittam.

One of the participants, Gloria, who is looking to set up her own ‘networking’ enterprise said “I thought all the doors were shut before I joined this course…this course has opened them up again for me…..it has taken me back to basics, helped me to focus and to see the light.”

Grosvenor Group is funding two courses and an extended period of follow-up incubation support, to encourage residents in Southwark to start up their own enterprises. A second course will start on 24th February, so please feel free to contact us for further details using the contact information below.

Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd said, “It’s fantastic to welcome another cohort of Tree Shepherd graduates to our ever-growing Forest Network, and we are delighted to have worked in partnership with Grosvenor Group, Big Local South Bermondsey, Bede and United St Saviour’s Charity, all of whom have such strong ties in the local community. 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 at every step.”

For more information or to join the new course starting in February, please contact Joanne Hunt, Learning Manager: jo@treeshepherd.org.uk or 020 3697 1538.

CEO Colin Crooks to speak at South Korea Global Social Responsibility Forum

On 29th November our CEO Colin Crooks will join delegates in Seoul from around the world to discuss a multilateral social responsibility cooperation model for resolving social problems.

200 people from government, social enterprise, NPO, NGO, academia – all experts in their fields – have been invited by the Korea Secretariat of the 2016 Global Social Responsibiity Forum.

Colin will speak on:

  • Innovative social enterprise in the UK expanding on the Tree Shepherd model for tackling worklessness, solving community problems and developing local economies

Other speakers and topics include:

  • Social entrepreneurship as a multi stakeholder force for social change (Rick Aubrey CEO New Foundry Ventures / Rubicon Programmes)
  • shifting ‘giving welfare’ to ‘investing welfare’ (Chull Young Lee CEO ARK)
  • The Government’s Policy Objective and Secret of Social Enterprise Resolving the Social Problems in the UK ((JongIk Jang / Professor, Hanshin University)
  • Key to Success of Collaborative Governance Connecting NPO, Government, and Enterprise in Japan (Ken Aoo / PD, The Nippon Foundation)
  • Collaborative Governance for Resolving Social Problems (DaeKweon Ko /Assistant Director, KOSRI)
  • Changing the World with Sympathy, Sharing, Resonance (SungJin Hwang / CEO, Share&Care)
  • EU’s Perspective and Policy on CSR (Paolo Caridi / Head of Trade Section, EU Delegation)

Colin looks forward to sharing his experience with social responsibility practitioners and leading think-tank members.

Follow Colin on twitter: @colinfc61

Christmas Networking & Graduation Event at Whirled Cinema

Charlotte O'Connor Community Cafe at The Platform

Charlotte O’Connor Community Cafe at The Platform

Monday 12th December is the date for Tree Shepherd’s last networking event of the year. We will bring together the alumni of enterprise students supported in the Loughborough Junction area over the past two years.

Many of these students are residents of local estates Milkwood, Loughborough and Angelltown, joined by learners from further afield.

We will launch our new Local Business Directory on the evening – that features former students – and we will be connecting this emerging local business community with more established businesses and organisations in the area.

Other members of the Lambeth Forest Network will also join the celebrations alongside members of the Herne Hill Parish, who are generously funding the event .

Colin Crooks (CEO of Tree Shepherd) and Jason (Tutor) with Graduate Vincent Rose

Colin Crooks (CEO of Tree Shepherd) and Jason (Tutor) with Graduate Vincent Rose

GRADUATION – 6PM

We will be inviting all all students from Tree Shepherd’s Autumn Term enterprise and masterclass courses to come and receive their certificates.
NETWORKING – 7PM til late
We will be particularly keen to see students from previous courses in Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Green Man Skills Zone, Angell Town.
GUEST SPEAKERS
We are inviting the local business community and will have guest speakers presenting on the opportunities in the Loughborough Junction area, including LJ Works.
There is a paid bar and food will be provided on the evening.
GRADUATION – 6PM
NETWORKING – 7PM til late
VENUE: Whirled Cinema,
259-260 Hardess St, SE24 0HN
IMPORTANT – PLEASE RSVP
Call 020 3697 1540
The event and directory are generously supported by Herne Hill Parish
For more details on the new businesses go to www.lambethforestnetwork.org.uk