Doddle makes life even easier

Parcel specialists, Doddle have added a new free service to their offering: hassle-free returns of Marks & Spencer online purchases. Just bring any unwanted items into Doddle and their parcelistas will do the rest. They’ll even provide additional packaging if required, free of charge. For more details on this and all their parcel handling services, such as Doddle Neighbour please visit Doddle’s website.

Doddle is also planning extensive expansion and aims to have 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, including a presence in every branch of Morrisons. Their emphasis is on offering customers quick, convenient parcel handling with a personal touch, making a complicated process swift and simple. With the desire to locate in high footfall locations, Doddle is also in discussions with other supermarket operators, retailers and organisations such as B&Q and Cancer Research. Read more about their plans here.

Doddle Wimbledon is at 17 The Broadway, SW19 1PR.

William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts & Crafts

The Management Committee of William Morris House is sponsoring this annual award to recognise the highest quality of artistic endeavour within the local community and to reflect the wide range of disciplines under the Arts and Crafts banner.

William Morris was the moving spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the end of the 19th century. His beliefs, both artistic and altruistic found their highpoint at Merton Abbey Mills in Wimbledon where he produced his world famous designs for fabrics, ceramics and stained glass.

Anyone living, working or studying in the London Borough of Merton can enter for this award. The categories for entry are:

  • Painting
  • Surface Design
  • Stained Glass
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration

Applicants should email wma@vistaevents.co.uk to request an entry form, or download one from the website.

Entry forms must be submitted via email to the William Morris Awards Committee by Friday 9 December

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

The judging panel is made up of local artists and people connected with the arts and comprises Simon Betts, Dean of College, Wimbledon College of Arts, Felicity Gill, award winning artist, Tony Kane, Founder, Time and Leisure, Lorraine McGinnis, Former 6th Form College Head of Art, and Steve Spence, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London. Awards are:

  • 1st Prize – Adults: £500, U18: £250
  • 2nd Prize – Adults: £350, U18: £150
  • 3rd Prize – Adults: £150, U18: £100

A number of Distinction Awards will also be given to schools and colleges whose work achieves a high order of merit.

The William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts & Crafts is sponsored by Wimbledon Labour Halls Co-Operative Society Ltd and by William Morris House, a community meeting room located at 267 the Broadway in the heart of Merton. Although Morris died in 1896, many of his staff were encouraged by him and his ideas to become involved in community activity.  Workers from the William Morris Works were instrumental in helping to purchase William Morris House. The building was opened on 30 September 1922 by Rt Hon Arthur Henderson MP as meeting rooms for local people and their organisations.

The Award Ceremony will take place in the Burne Jones room of William Morris House, 267 the Broadway, Wimbledon.

New £1 coin comes into circulation in March 2017

A new 12-sided £1 coin is due to enter circulation from March 2017.

The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. Approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit.

The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion new, highly secure £1 coins to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.

For more information please visit the thenewpoundcoin.com.

Wimbledon welcomes Waterstones

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Waterstones Wimbledon opened on The Broadway last week and will be celebrating the official launch of the new store on Saturday 19 November with a day of family entertainment, including face painting, storytelling sessions and regular appearances by favourite children’s character Mog the Cat.

The opening of the new Waterstones marks the end of a long search by the bookseller for suitable premises in Wimbledon. Waterstones has been keen to open a new bookshop in the town ever since its shop on Wimbledon Bridge was repossessed by the landlord for redevelopment at the start of the year.

Bookshop Manager Tuija Luoma said, “We are delighted to bring a Waterstones bookshop back to Wimbledon, it’s always been our ambition to do so and our customers have shown such strong support for our return. We are so pleased to have finally found the perfect home and we are very much looking forward to providing Wimbledon with the specialist bookshop it deserves.”

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon Chief Executive commented, “We have worked  tirelessly with Waterstones to find the right location for them so that they can return to Wimbledon Town Centre. They have been missed by the Wimbledon community and we are delighted we will have a brand new store in our town centre selling books, stationery and other useful accessories”.

Waterstones Wimbledon will offer a carefully selected range of books with a particular focus on fiction and children’s books. The store will also run an active events programme, including reading groups, author events, regular children’s storytimes and family-friendly activities.

Waterstones, 40-42 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ Tel 020 3544 6720

Wimbledon welcomes Waterstones

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Waterstones Wimbledon opened on The Broadway last week and will be celebrating the official launch of the new store on Saturday 19 November with a day of family entertainment, including face painting, storytelling sessions and regular appearances by favourite children’s character Mog the Cat.

The opening of the new Waterstones marks the end of a long search by the bookseller for suitable premises in Wimbledon. Waterstones has been keen to open a new bookshop in the town ever since its shop on Wimbledon Bridge was repossessed by the landlord for redevelopment at the start of the year.

Bookshop Manager Tuija Luoma says, “We are delighted to bring a Waterstones bookshop back to Wimbledon, it’s always been our ambition to do so and our customers have shown such strong support for our return. We are so pleased to have finally found the perfect home and we are very much looking forward to providing Wimbledon with the specialist bookshop it deserves.”

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon Chief Executive commented, “We have worked  tirelessly with Waterstones to find the right location for them so that they can return to Wimbledon Town Centre. They have been missed by the Wimbledon community and we are delighted we will have a brand new store in our town centre selling books, stationery and other useful accessories”.

Waterstones has invested in a significant refurbishment of the building, including a new shop frontage and attractive oak bookcases fitted throughout. The Broadway bookshop will trade from 2940 sq ft over one floor. The shop employs a bookselling team of eight, headed by manager Tuija Luoma, and will offer a carefully selected range of books with a particular focus on fiction and children’s books. Waterstones Wimbledon will run an active events programme, including reading groups, author events, regular children’s storytimes and family-friendly activities.

Waterstones, 40-42 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ Tel 020 3544 6720

London is Open!

Today marks the launch of the Mayor of London‘s “London is Open” retail campaign. Wimbledon shops are encouraged to show their support for this initiative by sharing images and messages on social media. It is quick, simple and easy to take part – just take a photo of your staff in a welcoming stance at your store entrance and share on social media using the hashtag #LondonIsOpen.

Mayor of London recognises BID Businesses’ commitment to healthy workplaces

BID businesses Peldon Rose and Wimbledon Guild were each awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter at City Hall last night by Dame Carol Black, expert advisor on health and work to Public Health England and the Department of Health, and Barry Francis, Chairman of the London Healthy Workplace Advisory Group. The BID businesses were rewarded for their efforts to support the health and wellbeing of their staff. An additional special award was presented to Merton for being among the most active and successful London boroughs in encouraging and supporting businesses to adopt healthy working practices.

The London Healthy Workplace Charter is a framework that supports businesses in developing staff wellbeing across areas including support for mental health issues, reducing sedentary practices, promoting healthy eating habits, encouraging smoking cessation, dealing with alcohol and substance misuse, and supporting them to address wellness at work issues that are specific to their culture and environment. Research shows that healthier staff are happier, more productive, less likely to leave or take sickness absence, easier to recruit and better advocates for their employer.

Merton’s Healthy Workplace Service is backed by Merton Council’s Public Health team and delivered by healthy workplace consultant Nicola Davenport on behalf of Merton Chamber of Commerce.

Nicola said: “It was a pleasure to see so many local organisations win credit last night for their efforts in promoting healthy working practices among their staff. They are proof that it doesn’t take much in the way of time or budget to adjust working practices to help improve your team’s wellbeing – and your company’s bottom line.”

Find out more about the Merton Healthy Workplace programme and how it can benefit your business here or email Nicola Davenport directly for more details.

Change at the Top

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Paul Harvey, Managing Partner at Morrison’s Solicitors has been voted as Chair of the Love Wimbledon Board as Paul Windsor, Partner at WSM has stepped down.  Paul Windsor has Chaired the Board for over 5 years from when the BID was in development through the first ballot and the recent successful renewal ballot for a second term.

Love Wimbledon Board and staff team would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Windsor for his time, energy and support and we look forward to working with Paul Harvey over the coming years. We are sure Paul Windsor will still have an active interest in the town – thanks Paul.

Crossrail 2 update

Yesterday Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, announced that Crossrail 2 have confirmed to him that they are postponing the next round of consultation (due this Autumn) to at least Q2 of 2017.

I have been in contact with Crossrail 2 and they have made the following comment:
“Both the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary have reiterated their support for Crossrail 2‎. Their priorities are an updated business case and a robust funding plan for the scheme before we proceed with further formal public consultation [in 2017].”

We are disappointed with this delay in proceedings and are in the process of writing to Michele Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2 and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London to reiterate the following:

We have been, and continue to be supporters of Crossrail 2 coming to Wimbledon. Clearly however, as a business community we need an end to the uncertainty of Crossrail 2 developments and require clarity on the impact of the phasing during build which could have a serous impact on Wimbledon Town Centre. We will also request reassurance that the plans for a new station will not be compromised and that this delay will not reflect a time shift in works and completion dates.

Wimbledon businesses, residents and visitors to the town centre need to be assured of a strong delivery plan for Crossrail 2 which minimises blight, impact of works and in the long term delivers an improved, popular and enjoyable place to do business. Love Wimbledon will continue to lobby for the best possible outcome for the town.

Ellisons takes gold and silver in property awards

Ellisons takes gold and silver in the 2016 allAgents property awards

Ellisons has been recognised as the best estate agent in South-West London and second best estate agent in London overall for customer service in the allAgents property awards!

Their ambition to provide a superior sales experience and exemplary customer service has been rewarded by the general public in the UK’s largest award scheme for estate and lettings agents. The awards reward property companies based on reviews from real house buyers, renters, tenants, and landlords, meaning Ellisons have been chosen based on feedback from their very satisfied customers!

Sean Purtill, Managing Director of Ellisons, said ‘We place customer service at the heart of everything we do at Ellisons Estate Agents. It’s one of the many qualities that makes buying, selling or letting a property with us unique. We’re thrilled that our teams have been recognised for all their hard work, and we would like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful customers for providing such positive feedback.’

Love Wimbledon are delighted for and offer their congratulations to the BID Business Ellisons Wimbledon.

Find out more about Ellisons here.