You can be a business buddy for a Lambeth start-up

Tree Shepherd is looking for new volunteers to become enterprise mentors. Why don’t you come on board?

Helping entrepreneurs make independent decisions about the direction of their business is at the heart of what we do at Tree Shepherd. We meet hundreds of new entrepreneurs each year and know that setting up or running a business can be a real challenge. The reassurance of regularly seeing an independent mentor proves invaluable in the early stages.

Cloudia VardonCloudia Vardon, a designer who runs her own fashion label, sings the praises of her mentor Byron Cole “our meetings are always helpful, but what’s great is that he is always on the end of the line when I get stuck and I’ve really grown to value his opinion

Why be a mentor?

  • You benefit from a mini-training session with our CEO Colin Crooks where you find out about the huge variety of micro-businesses that are popping up all around Lambeth and will learn what’s required for enterprise mentoring.
  • You will have an opportunity to share with others all the skills and expertise you have gained in your professional life and play a key role right at the start of somebody’s new career.
  • It is a great opportunity to further your own professional development and become part of the thriving Lambeth SME community.

You don’t have to necessarily be a business person. Experience of management in any sector can be just as valuable to a start-up business.

Alan-Flack-Enterprise-MentorTree Shepherd mentor, Alan Flack, Lambeth resident and marketing specialist with over 30 years’ experience at IBM, explains: “I was looking around for something where I could give back. I just saw Tree Shepherd asking for volunteers in one of the free sheets and I thought I can probably help there.

In Autumn 2013, Alan was one of the first to join the Tree Shepherd mentoring programme and he has since mentored 4 people. He is currently mentoring Jo Clayton – a writer and community arts specialist who has recently attracted a New York agency for her children’s literature.

What is required?

Please book yourself on to the next mentor induction session. We we will then match you with a mentee and host the first meeting. You will be asked to meet once a month for an hour or so and the relationship will last for a minimum of 6 months.

Would you or do you know somebody who would like to volunteer to be an enterprise mentor?

Contact Monique Tomlinson, Mentoring Coordinator on 020 3697 1539 or


This mentoring programme is backed by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills

Partners: Lambeth Council, Lambeth Food Partnership, Brixton BID, Waterloo Quarter, Vauxhall One, Morley College and Makerhood


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