April 2022 Newsletter


What a beautiful month as we’ve celebrated Easter, Ramadan and Passover, it has been joyous taking part and learning more with our friends here at Tree Shepherd.

The blossoms and blooms are out in force here in London bringing a real burst of much needed brightness to our lives. This is such a miraculous time of year where we are surrounded by reminders of second chances and hope- things that perhaps feel in short supply right now but it is so wonderful that the seasons remain true and remind us of hopeful better things to come.

On to Tree Shepherd business and not to be upstaged by Mother Nature, the team have been busy bees with all manner of activities to support our community members and service users.

April hasn’t seen us sitting around enjoying the sunny days in our lovely local parks, we have had yet another successful Peckham Business Forum workshop where yet once again committed business owners came together to brainstorm and plan for the success of Peckham High Street.

We hosted a pop-up shop in Market Row Brixton. Bringing in local creators including Kes Young from Heart in the Art, Snezana Nikolic from YKhairos, Sherilyn Dos Santos from Pure Goodness and Winston Ottey to fill the shop and sell their wares. Thank you Laura Mills, Brixton Village Events Coordinator, Anita from Diverse gifts, Councillor Mary Atkins from Brixton Bid and the Brixton Project.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Finally, I’m also really pleased to announce that we’ve welcomed a new Mentor, Eunice Thomas, to our team. She comes to us with over 20 years of retail and merchandise planning expertise, we couldn’t be more delighted to add her to our family of wonderful and dedicated Mentors.

Wherever you are I hope that spring continues to bring you many of nature’s finest gifts and I thank you as always for your continued support.

Thrive christmas market

Have you thought about starting a market-stall?

If you’re considering starting a business a market stall could prove to be a really useful way to trial your offer.

Running a market stall offers low overheads, guaranteed foot traffic and  gives you the perfect chance to test your product -and get face to face feedback from the public

If hosting a market stall for your business sounds like something of interest to you, but you don’t know quite where to begin, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team or one of our many great business mentors who work with TreeShepherd who can offer you and your enterprise the right support.

You can read the full blog here

Brixton Pop-up Shop 

We held a Pop-up shop from the 6th-14th of April in Market Row highlighting the wares of some of our fabulous GLOWS makers and it was a complete success.
We will be holding further pop-up shops in the near future, if you’d like to take part – or just come down for a shop then please get in touch for further information or keep an eye on our social channels for updates.

Could you be a mentor?

Tree Shepherd offers one-to-one support to individuals and businesses in our local South London communities, helping them to establish and grow their own business enterprises by way of mentors and trainers.

Mentors give advice based on a shared understanding of the challenges faced by business owners. They encourage you to look at your business or organisation with a fresh perspective and to find solutions and alternatives based on experience and best practice.

Get in touch if you think you’d like to be a mentor or trainer. The full blog can be read here.

Peckham Business Forum 

It’s almost time for our 3rd Peckham Business Forum workshop. It’s fair to say that the last two have been a massive success. For a sneak peak of the last workshop see this short video or click the image above!

If you’re a Peckham based business then please do come along for a chance to speak about your business, the challenges you face, discuss solutions to grow your business and generate ideas to ensure the Peckham Business Forum works for your business.

The next date hasn’t been finalised, but please feel free to get in touch for further information or to register your interest.

Last call for the Employ Yourself Course

There are just a few spots left for the course, which is open to anyone over 18 who is unemployed or economically inactive and would like to start a business or become self employed. The course is delivered in person at our Thrive Workspace and will cover business planning, cashflow, legal structures, marketing and pitching plus more. It will also include mentoring, opportunities to test trade and the potential for further training.

The course starts Friday 13th May and runs every Wednesday and Friday until 1st June 2022, from 10am – 4pm.

Sign up here