Christmas in Wimbledon

The season of presents, mince pies, mistletoe and magic has arrived! Enjoy Christmas in Wimbledon this winter.
With six central car parks to choose from and the best transport links, Wimbledon makes the shopping trips easy. And with our list of things in to do in the town, you’ll be sure to get your fill of Christmas Joy!

Elys ‘Christmas Party – Shopping and Fashion event’ 4 November

Wimbledon Christmas Market on The Piazza from 27 November

Wimbledon Winter Wonderland 29 November

Live Ice Sculptures and Carving in St Mark’s Place 12 December

 

Wimbledon Town Centre Reaches a New Design Pinnacle

Planning permission has been given for a major refurbishment to take place at Pinnacle House right in the Heart of Wimbledon Town Centre.

Located on Hartfield Road, Pinnacle House was first constructed back in 1990. Twenty five years later, exciting plans are now underway at Pinnacle House to transform, modernise and further strengthen the quality of office space in Wimbledon Town Centre. An exciting refurbishment has started to see the erection of three additional floors which in total will create a floor area of 5,635 square meters; this is a 1,756 Square meter increase. This allows for business growth and the creation of new job opportunities.

The exterior will feature gold aluminium panels which will lighten as the building gets higher, the building will boast a new and improved open entrance with widened steps. This attention to detail and strong contemporary design will heighten the interest of the building visually.

The recently refurbished Mansel Court on Mansel Road boasted an energy efficient design and Pinnacle House will follow suit with materials being implemented for the refurbishment that will preserve energy. Also with the removal of the existing roof to introduce a brand new green roof, it’s contributing to a greener Town Centre. A green terrace will also be introduced for the office tenants to enjoy as a breakout area.

A cyclist’s entrance is to be introduced where 60 brand new cycle racks will be installed.

Aviva Investors aim with Pinnacle House is to set a new benchmark in first class office space for the area which in turn creates a destination for future businesses to Wimbledon Town Centre. This future started with the newly refurbished Wimbledon Bridge House, the next step is the development of Pinnacle House to enhance the new premium office space that Wimbledon currently has and that it is the ideal office location to meet a business needs.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager said ‘ We are seeing much of our office stock being upgraded. This has a positive affect on new businesses being attracted to the town centre. With the potential development of other key sites in the town centre over the coming years, we expect to see continued businesses growth in Wimbledon’.

Rapid Action Packaging are Moving to Premier Wimbledon Offices

Rapid Action Packaging are moving to a new premises in Wimbledon Town Centre. The recently refurbished Mansel Court on Mansel Road, currently holds Winshuttle and StatPro, and will welcome 40 staff from RAP when the tenancy commences in October 2015. The contemporary space hosts a range of green features and was recently remodelled in an award winning conversion.

Founded in 1997 to realise the packaging designs of Julian Money, RAP has become the market leader in food-to-go packaging. They have worked with and provided packaging systems for well known brands such as Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, all whom offer their services in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Office Manager Emma Summers is delighted that the move has happened “we are very happy to now have a presence here in Wimbledon Town Centre and to be a part of a community that is already so driven, the staff also share this delight, especially with the tremendous amount of things to do and see in Wimbledon”.

For more information about RAP here.

Mash Media moves to Street Facing Premises

Creative Wimbledon Business ‘Mash Media’ are moving to new, street facing premises on Worple Road. The old Dreams store is due to be converted into an open plan office environment which will provide social and breakout spaces, making the most of the street scene. The new space is situated around the corner from their current location at Sterling House on St Georges Road.

The move gives more space with the total floor space of the Worple Road unit being 5,700 sq.ft, making it one of the largest, single active units in the Town Centre.

This is an exciting announcement for not only Wimbledon Town Centre but for Mash Media as it will allow for growth of their business. The change acts as evidence that the Wimbledon business community is continuing to grow and businesses want to stay in Wimbledon Town Centre. Mash Media would be the new neighbours of the current LIDL Headquarters who are also on Worple Road.

 

Read our Annual Report for 2014/15

Our Annual Report for the third year of the Business Improvement District in Wimbledon has now been published and can be read below.

We hope you enjoying reading about our activity last year. Should you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss the BID and it’s effect on Wimbledon Town Centre, we would be very happy to hear from you. If you would like to read more about the Love Wimbledon BID and how it came to being, information can be found here on our website.

Love Wimbledon was voted in for a five year term in 2012 and as such, next year we will be asking for BID businesses support through the ballot for us to continue. Over the next couple of months we will be undertaking a consultation with businesses to understand what you would like us to continue with and new intiatives we should be considering including in our proposal for the next five year term.

 

Eligo proud winners at the Merton Best Business Awards!

Eligo Recruitment are extremely pleased to announce they have been awarded Best Business in SW19 and Best Enterprising Business at 2015’s Merton Best Business Awards.

Celebrating a very successful and entertaining night showcasing Merton’s wide array of excellent business, the Merton Best Awards were the best yet, with so many high quality businesses in attendance celebrating the tremendous achievements of every one that had made it to the final stages.

Announcing the Best Business in SW19 award, Diana Sterck, CEO of the Merton Chamber of Commerce, said that “SW19 is a globally recognised brand, making this a prestigious title for any winner”. We’re extremely proud to further be awarded with the title of Best Enterprising Business, presented by event sponsors Close Brothers.
Eligo has humble beginnings; starting off with two young recruiters who were tired of working for businesses that cared little for their staff, clients, or candidates. With that in mind they started a business which provides a professional recruitment service with no compromise on quality or integrity, where people enjoy coming to work, and success leads to sustainable organic growth.
Andrew Molloy, Co-founder of Eligo, emphasised this, adding “we have since grown into a company with six divisions and over 30 individuals who love their job and have passion and knowledge for their respective markets. As such we are particularly proud of this recognition of our entrepreneurial nature, caring for our staff, input into the local community, and success.”

Eligo strives to be innovative and is delighted that endeavours in such areas have been recognised and commended, with particular highlights including;
• The launch of Eligo Academy – Eligo recognise the wealth of young talent the local area has to offer. We set up Eligo Academy in order to harness and nurture this talent, particularly apprentices, graduates, and returning-to-work parents.

• The introduction of a brand new market-changing recruitment service, Eligo IQ – Billed as “the intelligent recruitment process”, this service includes a multi-media candidate behavioural assessment and presentation tool that will enable our clients to engage in a full 360 recruitment service, significantly saving both time and money.

• Company culture and management style – Eligo are proud of the culture instilled here, having first set up the company in order to create a workplace where people would enjoy coming to work every day and could feel confident in following their ideas in order to achieve success.

The Merton Best Awards were an excellent celebration of the Merton area and the local businesses in it. Eligo value the great job all involved do, and would like to thank the Merton Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a wonderful event, Love Wimbledon for their continuous support, and all of our staff, clients, and candidates, who continually make us the business we are today. We’d also like to extend our congratulations to all the other winners of awards, Merton truly is a great place for business.

Eligo Recruitment are a Wimbledon-based Recruitment Agency with six divisions across the Fire & Security, Medical, Technology, Digital, Events, and Energy sectors. To find out more about Eligo, visit their website here.

New Government Plastic Bag Legislation

From the 5th October, larger retailers must charge at least 5p for new single use carrier bags. Please remember to take a re-useable bag with you to avoid getting caught out.

It is hoped the levy will cut the 7.6bn bags given to shoppers at major supermarkets every year, and retailers are expected to spend the money raised from the charge on good causes.

England is the last part of the UK to start charging for plastic bags. The number of plastic bags given out by seven major supermarkets in England rose by 200 million in 2014 to exceed 7.6 billion – the equivalent of 140 per person and amounting to 61,000 tonnes in total.

Merton Best Business Awards 2015

The third Merton Best Business Awards Gala took place on Thursday 24th September. A a showcase for the very best businesses in the borough, the fantastic evening saw almost 250 Merton professionals arrive at the All England Lawn Tennis Club to see who would be crowned as best businesses.

Love Wimbledon are proud to sponsor the awards which recognise the great achievements of both Merton businesses and individuals. A superb night for Wimbledon Businesses, a total of 7 BID businesses were victorious, winning their category or being awarded as a runner up. (see full list below)

Sportslabs won Best Creative Business andwere Runners Up for Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Lauristons Estate Agents won Best Team Development.

Capital Training Group were Runners Up for Best Team Development.

Eligo Recruitment won Best Enterprising Business and Best Business in SW19.

New Wimbledon Theatre were Runners Up for Best Creative Business and their apprentice Ryan Alexandrou won Apprentice of The Year.

Justin James Hotel won Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners of the 2015 Merton Best Business Awards

 

 

Marks Bloom joins WSM Accountants

On 1st October the long established Kingston firm Marks Bloom will be joining forces with WSM, a UK top100 accounting firm based in Wimbledon.

The personal tax and accounting team will move to WSM’s new offices in the centre of Wimbledon whilst the insolvency business will have a foot in both locations under a new specialist insolvency brand WSM: Marks Bloom which will combine the knowledge and expertise of the existing insolvency practice with the depth and additional resources of a larger firm. The combined group will have annual fee income in excess of £5m.

The new insolvency division will be headed up by Andy Whelan, a highly experienced insolvency practitioner, who originally trained with Ernst & Young and has since gained a wealth of experience as an insolvency licence holder over the last 20 years at Marks Bloom. Andy is joined by his existing team, including rising star Lauren Cullen, who, together with other specialist practitioners, will be providing the full range of insolvency and business recovery services to both corporate and private clients.

Gavin Stebbing, the managing partner at WSM said “The merger is a terrific opportunity to consolidate our position as the leading tax driven professional services firm in South West London. Providing a proactive service to our clients is our number one priority and the addition of this highly experienced team from Marks Bloom will ensure that there is more expertise in the firm as well as a new service offering which will expand our existing client base”.

Two new client directors will be appointed from Marks Bloom to join the existing senior management team at WSM where the practice will continue to offer tax, accounting and reporting services to corporate clients as well as personal tax services to its growing private client base.