Tree Shepherd and Southwark Council supporting Peckham businesses

Tree Shepherd is proud to announce that it is working in partnership with London Borough of Southwark to provide business support to traders affected by the redevelopment of the area around Peckham Rye station. The proposed redevelopment, which will open up the front of the historic station and restore its original 1800s surroundings, has been welcomed by some local residents but it will also mean a number of businesses having to relocate, either temporarily or permanently.

Some of these traders face a potentially disruptive transition, and Southwark Council has engaged Tree Shepherd to provide tailored one-to-one business support and workshops to help the traders think through their business model and plan for the changes that are coming. Much of the advice given mirrors the enterprise training we provide to the entrepreneurs on our Start Your Own Enterprise courses, which have been run successfully by Tree Shepherd in a number of London boroughs over the last 3 years. In the case of the Peckham traders, our support includes a special focus on ways to retain customers and drive footfall to their new premises.

Many of the businesses are hair and beauty salons. Construction of The Palms, a new destination for Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty very close to Peckham Rye station, will ensure many of the businesses can continue trading in the heart of Peckham. It is expected that The Palms will be open to the public late 2016.

Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark cabinet member for regeneration said “We want to not only make sure the businesses relocating to Peckham Palms get the full business and marketing support they need to get their customers move with them, but also for the area to become the number one spot for afro-Caribbean hair and beauty in London.”

Published 31st May 2016

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