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


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.
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.
NETWORKING – 7PM til late
VENUE: Whirled Cinema,
259-260 Hardess St, SE24 0HN
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

Christmas & Small Business Saturday Weekend 2016

sweetc1Each year, on the first weekend of December, Tree Shepherd showcases the best of Lambeth’s emerging business start-up community, helping them make the most of the season for gift buying and indulgent appetites.

In the past we have focussed on the Saturday, however this year we are supporting traders at 3 locations, with one on Windrush Square having 3 .

colette-thomasWindrush Square in Central Brixton, SW2 1JQ

Friday 2nd December 5pm-10pm with Xmas tree lights at Morleys, choirs & bands

Saturday 3rd 10-4pm (Small Business Saturday)

Sunday 4th 10-4pm:

Sunshine Art Cafe at 209A Coldharbour Lane SW9 8RU, Saturday 3rd December 11-5pm

Station Rd Market on Station Rd Brixton SW9 8PD, Saturday 3rd December 10-6pm

art4space1Many of the businesses we support have faced challenging times – with people coming out of unemployment or low paid work – and they look forward to this first weekend in December when they can wrap up warm and trade alongside established businesses.

We invite the whole Lambeth community and market-lovers from all over London to come and celebrate with us and buy from these wonderful traders.

For details call Lydia on 020 3697 1540


TreeShepherdUK on twitter

LambethForestNetwork on instagram

beuzeval-1Businesses featured here:

Sweet Carolina

Colster Bags

Art 4 Space

Beuzeval Furniture



Twist on Station Rise Wins Inaugural Mayor of London Award

twist-prizeOn the night of halloween, Tree Shepherd were awarded the treat of attending the prestigious annual Team London Awards event. We were thrilled to win the prize for the inaugural Community Crowd Funding category for our hugely successful Twist on Station Rise street market event series. Our award recognises our hard work and commitment in successfully managing a project that improved our local area in Tulse Hill and engaged a diverse community.

The Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding programme gives Londoners a new way to help regenerate an area. It means they can put forward and run local projects that are meaningful to them. Communities can come together with the passion and enthusiasm to achieve a successful local campaign, then work alongside City Hall to realise their ideas.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award and to thank the thousands of Londoners who make a difference in their community every day. Keep up the good work” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Award presented in The Chamber at City Hall by:

  • Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director of Regeneration GLA
  • Wayne Hemingway, MBE, Pioneer of social, affordable, sustainable design

To watch the award presentation click here:

Tree Shepherd Impact Report Launch & Lambeth Forest Network Pitch Night!

socialimpact_graphic-480x248Next week Tree Shepherd will proudly launch our third Social Impact report together with the small business network we have built over the past three years – the Lambeth Forest Network. Guests will see exciting business happen ‘live’ as local retail buyers gather to watch start-ups pitch their goods and services.

The Lambeth Forest Network (LFN) is now an independent social enterprise. They are kindly backing this event to acknowledge the continued support they receive from Tree Shepherd and also to showcase their members. LFN continues to seek new business opportunities and invites the wider Lambeth business community to attend.


The venue is being provided by Batch & Co, a Streatham-based independent coffeeshop. Owner Jeanette Batchelor was a student on Tree Shepherd’s enterprise course in January 2016. It’s fantastic to see her as a Lambeth Forest network member whose business is thriving and it is very fitting to have Batch & Co as the host venue on such a great evening.

Event: Thursday 27th October

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Address: Batch & Co, 54 Streatham Hill SW2 4RD

If you are interested in attending this event as a pitcher, a buyer or simply to support local enterprise please contact lydia@treeshepherd.org.uk or call 020 3697 1540



Tree Shepherd, Big Local South Bermondsey and Grosvenor Group to support Southwark entrepreneurs

hexagon-students-exchanging-ideasBig Local South Bermondsey and Grosvenor are proud to announce a new series of Start Your Own Enterprise courses delivered by Tree Shepherd at The Biscuit Factory, Southwark from November 2016. All courses are free of charge for Southwark residents.

Learn how to turn your passion into a real business. All ideas are welcome. If you are on benefits and have found it difficult to find a job, being self-employed could be the answer and we are here to make sure you get it right.

Tutor and CEO of Tree Shepherd Colin Crooks says, ‘Please come along to the course. 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. We’ve had so much success across Lambeth and are excited to be launching in Bermondsey’.

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.

The Community Engagement Manager for Big Local South Bermondsey said ‘We have been operating in the area for 6 years now, helping people get back into work, and thanks to the support of Grosvenor are excited to be offering these courses. The training hub will work alongside our job club to support those who are seeking more traditional employment.’

The course runs from 2nd November to 25th November 2016, and will be 8 days over 4 weeks, two days a week (Wednesdays & Fridays) 10am – 4pm. New dates will also be available for the Spring term.

To find out more and register your interest, go to https://treeshepherd.org.uk/enterprise-learning/start-your-own-enterprise/

The Start Your Own Enterprise programme is funded by and delivered in partnership with Grosvenor, the owner of the former biscuit factory and campus sites in Bermondsey. It is an initiative from Big Local Works, the employment and enterprise hub designed by Big Local South Bermondsey to support local people to find meaningful employment for them, whether it is through conventional employment or entrepreneurship. Partners of Big Local Works include Bede House Association, United St Saviours, Southwark Council and Grosvenor.

Book now for Brixton Christmas Markets & Small Business Saturday!

Hello Lambeth Traders

It’s that time of year for you to take up all the opportunities that the season of good will presents. small-business-saturday-uk-logo-2016-blue-hi-resTree Shepherd are taking bookings to secure you a stall at the following venues:



Come and trade on the high profile area in front of the Ritzy Cinema – Windrush Square. To make the most of this opportunity, ideally you should book all 3 dates – and if you’re going for it you should definitely be there 3rd December when Small Business Saturday is happening!

5PM-10PM ON 2ND (Christmas Lights, Singing, Brass Bands….it’s all happening!)

10AM-4PM ON 3RD & 4TH


OR ONLY £15 PER DAY IF BRING OWN GAZEBO AND TABLE (we can send you a link to a good gazebo stockist, if requested)
Different trades (gifts, fashion, arts etc) and only packaged or ‘christmas gift’ foods for the above price

Re. HOT FOOD the rate is £50 and you need to bring your own gazebo / set up


Different trades (gifts, fashion, arts etc) including hot food

Different trades (gifts, fashion, arts etc) and only packaged or ‘christmas gift’ foods (no hot food)

You will need to supply evidence of all the following on application:

– market traders public liability insurance
– if supplying food – proof of kitchen inspection, level 2 food hygiene, gas safety certificate (all details on link provided when you book)

We can help you with getting the above documentation if you are unsure.

Working in partnership with Street Concepts, Brixton BID, Lambeth Council, Station Road Market and Sunshine International Arts Cafe.

To reserve your spot TODAY, please contact Lydia Gardner and state which event you are opting for:


020 3697 1540

Free Guidance for upcoming Social Enterprises, CICs, Charities…

Social Enterprise, Community Interest Companies, Charities, Not-for-Profit

Tulse Hill LadiesIf you are a Lambeth resident with a brilliant social business in the making and need some support around strategy, structure, registration, staffing, marketing etc. please get in touch.

Our free business clinics are for social businesses in Lambeth as well as private enterprise.

To book, hit the link: FREE ADVICE CLINICS

Pictured: Ladies from Waist Knot Want Knot, supporting local community events