January 2022 Newsletter


It’s not too late for me to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful start to the year and a restful healthy break.

2022 is already showing signs of being a busy one for the clients of Tree Shepherd and of course our team – as we leave winter and look forward to spring, we are putting wheels in motion to make up for the previous years of pandemic awfulness. We have some exciting partnerships this year #watchthisspace, which will support our clients with either taking the leap or supporting them in the year ahead.

The team have already been stomping the streets meeting businesses in Peckham ahead of launching the Business Forum (read more here). We are still on the lookout for local businesses, champions and those wanting to make a difference in their community!

In addition, we’re keen to meet ambitious, energetic business mentors too, who can support entrepreneurs and help them grow. Get in touch with me directly, if this sounds like you.

Starting a Business

Starting a business is hard work, it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get things going especially at the beginning, but it has the potential to be the most rewarding financially and mentally.

Which is why we’ve pulled together 3 of our top tips to get you started, read more here.


Following the pandemic, there has been a freelance revolution. According to Statistica, there were 4.3m self-employed workers in the UK, with numbers expected to rise as people favour flexibility over a 9-5.

Sound like you? We’ve pulled together some thoughts on what to think about when going freelance or starting a side-hustle. Read more here.

Lastly but certainly not least, we are super excited to be working with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Theatre School.  They are doing so much to support and encourage the arts in our community, and we could not be happier to share a taster of what they’ve got going on. These are especially relevant to residents of Southwark including:


  • Generation N*xt is our youth programme, for young people aged between 6-24
  • Takes place on a Wednesday evening and Saturday daytime
  • Classes in Acting, Ballet, Hip Hop and West End Skills, plus YouthQuake (our theatre company for 16-24 year olds)
  • Open to everyone
  • No auditions
  • Bursaries are available for Southwark residents – roughly 50% of participants receive some form of bursary.