Tree Shepherd course: Start Your Own Enterprise

8-session “Start Your Own Enterprise” (SYOE) course in Southwark.

Start your own enterprise course
Learn from the Tree Shepherd team of experienced entrepreneurs how to turn your idea or passion into a real business and start your own enterprise. All business ideas are welcome. No previous business experience or academic qualifications required.

The course

8-day ‘Start Your Own Enterprise’ programme enables learners to explore why they want to run a business, understand their target market and learn how to price and sell. Tree Shepherd’s unique blend of practical business experience, challenging questions and good humour helps the enterprise students understand how to manage customers, raise and manage finance and how to present to potential investors or buyers. At the end of the course the students set off with their own sustainable business plan and the confidence to put it into action.


The course is free for Southwark residents who are receiving benefits or on low household income. If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact us at or on 020 3697 1541.

To register your interest, just complete the short survey below and we will get in touch with you

  Click here to sign up

Time and location

Every Friday 10am-4pm, starting Friday 24th February and ending Friday 28th April 2017

NOTE there will be no session on 7th April or 14th April (Easter break) *

Big Local Works, 4 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, London SE16 3UQ

Other organisation collaborating in this project are: Bede House, United St Saviour’s Charity, South Bermondsey Partnership, Lottery Fund and Grosvenor’s Belonginbermondsey

Tree Shepherd’s philosophy

At Tree Shepherd, we believe that everyone has the right to the self-respect, health and well-being that comes from useful and rewarding employment.

We believe that unemployment is the most pressing issue facing society. Its effects are more toxic than is commonly understood. Unemployment is a primary cause of homelessness, crime, poor environment, obesity, mental health issues, and depression.

We recognise, though, that for millions of people in this country work is but a distant dream. We believe that the real solution to worklessness is to help people create jobs in the areas that most need them and jobs that are appropriate to the skills of the people who live there.

We work with the natural entrepreneurial skills of local people and support them to transform where they live from places of neglect to places of opportunity. We help enterprises to start, develop and grow and help create the conditions where new jobs can be created.


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