Close Brothers Move into Wimbledon

We are delighted that around 650 staff from Close Brothers are moving into Wimbledon Bridge house (known locally as the Fridge) from their current Tolworth office. The company commented ‘The choice of location represents our ambitions, future business plans and provides a flexible working environment and facilities to support all our staff and customers.’

A warm ‘Welcome to Wimbledon’ to Close Brothers.

Trams terminating at Dundonald Road Station

The Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme is a 30 million scheme that will meet the Mayor of London’s long standing pledge to increase the capacity of London Tramlink by 50 per cent. A temporary closure of Wimbledon Tramlink stop will be required from 13 July until October 2015 meaning trams will not run between Wimbledon and Dundonald Road during this period. Dundonald Road is a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon station.

This is to allow for a new platform to be built in Wimbledon Station to increase the service from 8 to 12 trams an hour between Wimbledon and Croydon.

To find out more, visit the TFL website or follow @TramsLondon on twitter.

Sports Activation in Wimbledon

Part of Connect House on Alexandra Road in Wimbledon has been let to Crunch Communications a sports sponsorship activation company. Founded in 2007, the team at Crunch work on world class brands within the sports industry and are now one of the UK’s leading sports sponsorship agencies.

Club Med Comes to Town

The UK and Nordic HQ of the family winter and summer holiday specialists Club Med, have moved into connect House in Wimbledon and have joined Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District. With around 40 staff, they have decamped from their Putney office to the heart of Wimbledon Town Centre.

 

Wimbledon Tram Upgrade

Work has started on the extension of the tram platform at Wimbledon Station. The work is expected to last until the end of October and Wimbledon commuters can easily access Wimbledon Town Centre from Dundonald Road which is still open. The work will increase the service by 50%. Find out more here.

Charity Fundraisers are Changing in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon has driven forward an agreement with PFRA (Public Fundraising Regulatory Association) to reduce the amount of ‘Charity Fundraisers’ in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Wimbledon Town Centre now has an agreed code of conduct for all street fundraisers to adhere to encouraging best practice. Love Wimbledon is aware that charity fundraisers have started to become a nuisance in Wimbledon town centre. As a result an agreement has been reached with PFRA which all charities need to abide by. We have designated three zones allowing a maximum of five fundraisers in the town centre at any one time operating between 10am and 6pm up to 3 days per week.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager stated ‘There is a place for fundraising in Wimbledon to support charities, but it should be a positive experience. The agreement we now have in place will reduce the concentration and frequency of street charity fundraisers within the town centre.’

Steve Service, Stakeholder and Outreach Manager at the PFRA said: “This agreement between Love Wimbledon and the PFRA’s member charities is designed to ensure that fundraising is controlled and proportionate in the town centre. Charities raise a significant amount of money for local, national and international good causes through face to face fundraising. However, the opportunity to seek donations from the public should respect the right of visitors and residents to go about their business. We look forward to working in partnership with Love Wimbledon to help ensure the town remains a location of choice for all.”

If there are any issues then please report them to us so they can be forwarded.

Love Wimbledon awarded BID accreditation

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District (BID) celebrated today after being awarded the illustrious BID Accreditation stamp. A rare quality mark that to date has only been granted to 18 BIDs out of over 200 nationally.

‘We want Wimbledon to be up there with the best run BID’s in the country so that our business members, who pump almost £450,000 each year into Wimbledon, as well as our business partners and the local authority can be reassured that we are an extremely well governed and well managed organisation’ said Paul Windsor, Chair of the Love Wimbledon BID.

The accreditation is designed as a robust system to ensure the proper measurement of the impact that a BID may be having on its locality. This mark confirms that Love Wimbledon is well managed, has strong governance arrangements in place and complies with the Legislation and Regulations which govern Business Improvement Districts.

BID Manager Helen Clark Bell said that “Achieving this quality mark is recognition of the high standard of our Business Improvement District, working to achieve a better Wimbledon for everyone”.

 

WSM Charity Rugby Sevens

WSM are firm believers in supporting local charities and being active members of a local community. One of their biggest annual events covers both of these aspects; their charity rugby sevens tournament, held at Wimbledon RFC on the 13th June. This year will also see what they hope to be the first of many Ladies Netball Tournaments running alongside the Rugby Tournament.

The popular event will this year raise money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, a fantastic charity supporting and caring for those who have neurological illnesses and injuries.

If you are a rugby or netball player, or know anyone who is, they ask that you get involved! The teams are a mixture of social and club level, making it an enjoyable, yet competitive day. Further information on how to enter the tournaments can be found on our website: www.wsm.co.uk/rugby or www.wsm.co.uk/netball where you can download the respective application form.

Spectators are very welcome to go along and enjoy the day. There will be an all day BBQ and bar, as well as live music later on in the clubhouse. Spectator entry is FREE, though if you do enjoy your time, there will be plenty of opportunities to make a donation to RHN on the day.

Visit the WSM website here.

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Wimbledon is the Pinnacle

Following the recent purchase of Kingston Pinnacle Ltd, acting as Development Managers for Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd, plans have been submitted to Merton Council to refurbish and extend Pinnacle House offices in Wimbledon Town Centre. The change would re-activate the 5-storey building at street level and deliver a contemporary frontage whilst increasing the current 28,000 sq ft floor plan.

VOTE NOW! Food and Drink Awards – The Best in Wimbledon!

Have you had a fantastic get together in Sticks and Sushi? Laughed over a giant Piazza with the friendly team at Made in Italy? Enjoyed the tastiest, guilt free food in Lu-Ma café or enjoyed the fun family atmosphere in the Polka Café?
You can now vote for your ‘Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre’ in the Time and Leisure Food and Drink Awards. Wimbledon Town Centre has so many great spots, it simply had to have its own category! And Love Wimbledon couldn’t resist sponsoring this award, to celebrate our tastiest businesses in the town centre.
With over 60 eating places to choose from, including new kids on the block Five Guys, Patisserie Valerie, Made in Italy and Cousins Fish shop you’re spoilt for choice. From café’s and street food to restaurants and take-aways anything goes. Independent, family run or a chain, this is your favourite eating experience in town.

It’s easy to vote, just visit the Time & Leisure website and follow the steps. Polls close on 12 July.