Brixton BID and Tree Shepherd host Celebration of Brixton Businesses

The event was kindly hosted by the Black Cultural Archives in the courtyard of their beautiful building on Windrush Square.  Paul Reid, Founder and Director at BCA opened the event with some inspiring words before handing over to the Chair of Brixton BID, local business person Elly Foster.

Elly thanked the Brixton BID board of voluntary directors and welcomed Michael Smith, new BID Director, to the team. Michael spoke about the current services on offer and plans for future work such as the imminent deep cleaning of Brixton’s pavements.

Tree Shepherd’s founder Colin Crooks spoke about the organisation’s work in helping unemployed people to start up their own businesses. He introduced the opportunity for businesses to mentor a start-up, and encouraged Brixton businesses to support each other in helping to build a thriving economy with lots of independent businesses.

Traders from the Tree Shepherd Forest Network displayed their businesses and were delighted at the opportunity to network with many of Brixton’s established businesses.

As the event coincided with Tree Shepherd’s second anniversary, local business Ms Cupcake, created a beautiful cake with both the Tree Shepherd Forest Network and the Brixton BID logo.

Lambeth College provided the catering for the event, which included delicious canapés with a Caribbean theme, and attendees enjoyed beer from Brixton Brewery.

Brixton BID was proud to launch their new website, designed by local organisation, The Champion Agency who are also responsible for creating the new Brixton BID brand. The website will be a powerful means of communication for Brixton businesses, allowing them to view the latest BID news and sign up for services and events, as well as finding meeting dates.  BID member businesses can also sign into the site using their unique BID reference number (found on the annual levy invoice) to vote on issues that matter to business owners. The website features photography by Luke Forsythe, assisted by Isha Blake.

The event was closed with an encouraging short speech from Cllr Jack Hopkins.

These business networking events will be a regular item in the Brixton BID diary. If you are interested in hosting an event or getting involved, please contact