Tree Shepherd ramps up its business support workshops in Peckham

Tree Shepherd is ramping up its activity in Peckham as part of its partnership with London Borough of Southwark to provide business support to traders affected by the redevelopment of the area around Peckham Rye station.

The area around the historic station will be redeveloped, opening up a new public square and restoring the station’s original 1800s surroundings. Some businesses in the vicinity will have to relocate, either temporarily or permanently, and Southwark Council has engaged Tree Shepherd to provide independent business support to help the traders manage the transition.

According to our initial needs analysis, most of the businesses want to focus on formalising their operations, honing their customer service offering to attract and retain customers, and enhancing their marketing and social media. All of the support is free to traders affected by the redevelopment, and Tree Shepherd’s business advisors are combining tailored one-to-one business clinic sessions with group workshops.

Construction of The Palms, a new hub for hair stylists, make-up artists, manicurists and other independent traders on Bournemouth Close, will ensure many of the businesses can continue trading in the heart of Peckham. It is hoped that the hub will help cement Peckham’s reputation as a destination for Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty. Planning permission has been granted for The Palms, which is expected to be completed and open to the public in early 2017.

Colin Crooks, Tree Shepherd’s CEO, said “Our primary aim is to help the traders in and around Peckham Rye station retain the strong customer base they have already built up and grow their businesses further. In many cases we also want to help the traders to recast their business to take advantage of the new developments in London and the changes to the wider economy.”

Ms Qin He, who runs the Steamer Chinese and Japanese food bar with her husband, recently attended one of our workshops and said “It was great to hear from the Tree Shepherd advisor, who runs a business and has been there and done it. It gave me lots of ideas of how to move my own business forward.”

Published 20.09.16

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