Merton Best Business Awards 2017

As Gold sponsors, Love Wimbledon believes the Merton Best Business Awards are a great opportunity for local businesses, not only to participate in, increase brand exposure and network with local businesses but importantly, to WIN.

Through our involvement with these awards we have seen first hand, and received feedback from our BID businesses on the value of participating in the process to re-evaluate, develop and revitalise your business model, your service offering or simply, what it is that you do best.

Wimbledon Town Centre businesses were prolific in last year’s awards with the Overall Winner of the Merton Best Business Award going to our very own Eligo Recruitment. Other Love Wimbledon businesses featured included:

Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre
Winner: The Justin James Hotel
Runner Up: Tots Landing

The Extra Mile
Runner Up: Tots Landing

Employer of the Year
Winner: Eligo Recruitment

Best Creative Award
Winner: 3mil Limited

Best Customer Service
Winner: Tots Landing

 

This year there is an award category for everyone:

Eligo Recruitment on their involvement in the Awards and what winning has meant:
“It has raised our profile especially within the local community. In turn, the local community recognising us as an excellent business has served us well in reaching out to other clients and candidates across our markets.”

Would you apply again?
“Absolutely, the whole experience is beneficial to the business, the awareness of our business, and more importantly, team morale within it.”

And what would your advice be to other businesses looking to apply?
“Have faith in your business and though you might not think you have one, absolutely tell your story. Not only is it an excellent chance to personally reflect on your journey and successes, it will give you a chance to engage with your team, customers, and clients. It’s likely you’ll learn many new things in doing so.”

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 June. Please visit Merton Best Business Awards for more details including terms & conditions.

Business leaders call on Government to deliver on Crossrail 2

Business leaders from across the South East today urged the Government to make delivering Crossrail 2 a priority for the good of the whole country.

In a letter to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, more than 70 business leaders, including at EY, Deloitte, Aviva Group, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, FSB Surrey & West Sussex, and Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, and Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce hailed the infrastructure project as being of national importance.

They highlighted that the new railway will not just benefit London but bring economic benefits right across the South East and the rest of the UK, boosting the economy by up to £150bn.

But they also warned of the dangers of delay, saying that the current overcrowded rail network is threatening to stunt growth across the entire nation. They explained that bottlenecks at stations are already intolerable for commuters and that the benefits of the new High Speed 2 (HS2) would be lost by passengers having to queue at Euston without Crossrail 2.

Crossrail 2 will transform journey times and connectivity from the Solent to the Wash. It will relieve congestion on the overcrowded key rail lines from Portsmouth to Cambridge, and link with HS2 at Euston. It will also relieve pressure on the Underground, as the population of London and the South East grows.

It will support some 200,000 new homes and 200,000 jobs, and generate 60,000 supply chain jobs across the UK, including 18,000 apprentices.

It will support and advance the UK’s engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors. This will include potentially more than £1bn to the West Midlands economy, more than £900m to Yorkshire and Humber, more than £750m to the North West, up to £170m to the Scottish economy, and many more millions across the UK.

This would create new opportunities for investing in skills and jobs – as Crossrail has done across the country. It will also open up areas for growth and new jobs, including in the Cambridge-Stansted corridor and in the south west of London.

London has already committed to meeting half the cost – unlike other nationally significant projects that do not receive such levels of local funding.

The business leaders told the Chancellor and Transport Secretary that now is the moment for the Government to find Parliamentary time for Crossrail 2 and show the world that the UK is open for business post Brexit.

Yolanda Rugg, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Crossrail 2 is a hugely important scheme for Hertfordshire; it will drive growth and boost jobs in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as well as supporting vital new housing. Hertfordshire businesses urge the government to give this project the green light now.”

Geoff French, Enterprise M3 Chair said: “The major benefits from Crossrail 2 extend all the way along the M3 corridor, through Surrey and down to Hampshire. Rail passengers are already experiencing overcrowding on the South West Mainline into Waterloo on a daily basis that is stunting economic growth in the Enterprise M3 LEP. Crossrail 2 is the only scheme being planned that can provide the necessary capacity and connectivity to boost our regional economy that is so crucial to the Government’s new Modern Industrial Strategy.”

Caroline Artis, Senior Partner for London, EY:  “As a major nationwide employer, we rely on good infrastructure to get our employees to work and unlock areas to give them access to better housing. Crossrail 2 will allow 270,000 more people to get into central London in the morning peak while also supporting large swathes of housing development. Crossrail 2 is a priority project and it must not be delayed if the UK is to stay on course for a global future outside the EU.”

Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of LoveWimbledon, said: “Wimbledon is the country’s 21st busiest station and has been operating at over capacity for many years. Crossrail 2 is the only single infrastructure project which will not only keep Wimbledon’s transport offer from buckling over the next fifteen years, but also catalyse improvement and development of Wimbledon Town Centre. The prolonged uncertainty over Crossrail 2 is potentially damaging to Wimbledon’s business economy. We need a decision on this scheme so that businesses have the certainty they need to invest in this important economic centre.”

Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive, Kingston First: “Kingston attracts tens of thousands of visitors and workers a day, due to its thriving centre for business with a strong retail and cultural offer. Its strong residential population also makes it a major connector to the central London workforce. This population, and the town, is set to grow dramatically over the coming years and will, therefore, impact on the already stretched rail networks. Crossrail 2 is a priority project which will dramatically improve connections into London and this is vital for attracting investment, jobs and enhancing connectivity with central London, Surrey and the wider South West.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This is yet more evidence of just how important Crossrail 2 is to the UK. Business leaders know it will bring hundreds of thousands of jobs and housing, and transport benefits right across the South East, as well as boosting the economy in all corners of the country. Despite the project benefiting the whole of the UK, London has actually met half the funding cost. What we now need is for the Government to take note of these benefits and give us the green light to progress, for the good of the entire country.”

Crossrail 2 would connect National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire with an underground tunnel beneath central London between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate.

It would enable 270,000 more people to enter central London every morning at peak time. Without the much needed additional capacity Crossrail 2 provides, mainline stations will continue to face overcrowding and delays.

TfL has submitted an updated business case and funding plan to the Transport Secretary‎, who is due to make a decision in the spring on further Government support. Construction could start in the early 2020s and the railway could be operational by 2033.

Click here to read the letter from business leaders.

Dementia Friendly Merton

A new campaign has been launched calling on residents and businesses to help make Merton a Dementia Friendly borough by 2020. It is estimated that more than 2,000 people are likely to be living with dementia in Merton by that time.

Dementia Friendly Merton is supported by Merton Council, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Alzheimer’s Society. Love Wimbledon is encouraging Wimbledon businesses and organisations to get involved and learn more about how to help people with dementia in Wimbledon Town Centre. Those interested in getting involved should email Love Wimbledon’s Chief Executive, Helen Clark Bell: helencb@lovewimbledon.org

Merton residents can also sign up for a free 45-minute training course, which promotes understanding of dementia and the small ways which can make a difference to people with dementia. For more information on Dementia Friendly Merton, please visit the Merton Council website.

Business Rates Revaluation 2017

Business rates are changing from April 2017. Love Wimbledon urges businesses to review your draft business rateable value now to allow for appeal and preparation for any changes to be reflected in your budgets.

This comes from the government website:
‘At revaluation, the government adjusts the value of business rates to reflect changes in the property market. It usually happens every 5 years. The most recent revaluation came into effect in England and Wales on 1 April 2010, based on rateable values from 1 April 2008.’

So from April 2017, the business rates that you pay on your business premises are likely to change. The proposed draft rateable values were published on Friday 30 September and can be viewed by postcode or street name and town here (although Wimbledon is not recognised as a town!)

It is important to note at this stage that the multiplier (the percentage that is applied to your rateable value to define the actual cost of your business rates) is also an estimate. However, you can receive an estimate of your business rates from the same website based on the current multiplier.

If any of the details are incorrect on the website you are able to inform the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) of any changes which will then impact upon the business rates payable. Changes may relate to the number of floors and purpose of each floor or any internal modifications that you may have made.

Be part of London Food Month this June

London Evening Standard is excited to launch a major new food festival to be held annually from June 2017. A month-long celebration filled with hundreds of events throughout the world’s culinary capital. Creative directors Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles will curate a vibrant showcase of the culinary diversity across every corner of London. Fay Maschler, Britain’s longest-standing and respected restaurant critic, will be selecting her 50 favourite places to eat.

Love Wimbledon is encouraging town centre venues to get involved in this high-profile opportunity to publicise events and experiences across our town centre and benefit from a £5million marketing and public relations campaign across London Evening Standard’s platforms, social media and partners.

London Food Month will promote special collaborations, and unique experiences across the industry to offer a programme of must-see, eat and drink events. From high-end dinners to free community events, old favourites done differently to the latest lunch hotspots, it will have something for everyone. London’s leading restaurants, chefs, bars, cafés, charities, hotels and markets are invited to participate in London Food Month by holding a special event or experience. You can host an event at your own venue or partner with another.

All London Food Month events will be listed in the London Food Month programme that will be distributed with the London Evening Standard.

Visit the London Food Month website for details and register by Wednesday 22 March to take part.

BAFTA for Curzon’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

The Curzon Group has been awarded this year’s BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Dame Pippa Harris, chair of Bafta’s Film Committee, said: “I am thrilled that Bafta is honouring Curzon with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award. For over 80 years, Curzon has provided the British public with unforgettable cinema experiences, while championing independent, art house and foreign language film-making. I would like to thank everyone at Curzon for their extraordinary contribution to our industry, and for their unwavering commitment to bringing the very best in film to audiences across the UK.”

Philip Knatchbull, Curzon’s chief executive, said he was “delighted” at the award.

“Curzon has a long and proud history in the British film industry and many talented and passionate people have contributed to its success story over the years. We think of ourselves as champions of bold and visionary film-making from around the world supported by our growing network of cinemas and home cinema digital platforms.”

Founded by Harold Wingate, Curzon’s first cinema opened in Mayfair in 1934. The Group imported unknown films during the post-war period and evolved successfully over the ensuing decades,  meeting the changing demands of audiences and the challenges of a dynamic film industry. Curzon is known as a place to discover other worlds and cultures and to see from a different perspective, with films that spark conversations and provoke reflection.

HMV Curzon Wimbledon is at 23 The Broadway, SW19 1RE. Click here to see their current screenings.

Reducing congestion and improving air quality in Wimbledon

Delivery of personal online shopping parcels is becoming a hot topic in London, with the London Assembly recently releasing a report on congestion which called for workplace bans on personal deliveries.

Have you considered having your personal shopping delivered to a central location?

Many Wimbledon retailers offer Click & Collect and there are also various alternative parcel collection points covering all the major providers of this service in Wimbledon Town Centre:

Collect+ and Parcelly at Retail 24, 24 The Broadway

Hubbox at Kingsmere Dry Cleaners, 36 Wimbledon Hill Road

Doddle at 17 The Broadway has Amazon lockers and offers a free return service with some retailers. Doddle also offers a service for larger businesses to provide a collection point for all their staff which helps to minimise traffic and disruption at their offices

Consolidating personal deliveries to convenient parcel collection points is better for businesses, for air quality and for congestion.

Andrew Scott Robertson enjoys another award-winning year

It’s been another award-winning year for independent Wimbledon estate agent, Andrew Scott Robertson with national recognition in the raterAgent Top 50 estate agencies in the UK for customer service.

The awards recognise the UK’s top estate agencies for customer service. Bill McClintock, raterAgent chairman said, “These are the industry awards that matter as they are based entirely on genuine reviews from customers who have experienced the agent’s service first-hand. All reviews have been verified thoroughly under our Triple Lock Transparency Check so our company and individual winners have every reason to feel proud that the exemplary service they give their customers has been recognised. We congratulate all our 2016 winners.”

Andrew Scott Robertson Managing Director John King said, “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team that we have picked up such a prestigious award for the second year running. We hope that knowing that Andrew Scott Robertson has not only engaged with such a transparent and trustworthy site – but also that we have been placed in the Top 50 National Estate Agencies based upon our customer’s reviews on it – tells you all you need to know about our approach to our service. At the very least this should encourage anyone looking to move in the area in 2017 to consider Andrew Scott Robertson as their agent in the process.”

Andrew Scott Roberston is at 50 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7PA.

No Tram service between Wimbledon & Mitcham from 11-20 February

Tram services between Wimbledon and Mitcham will close from 11 to 20 February for essential track renewal works between Morden Road and Dundonald Road stops.

The work consists of 750m of track replacement between Morden Road and Merton Park, and replacement of both the embedded track and the signals through the Dundonald Road crossing. The work at Dundonald Road will involve the closure of the road for the duration of the period, with access to residents only. During this time a road diversion route will be in operation.

TfL has organised a drop-in session for residents and customers who wish to find out more:

Venue: Merton Park Primary School, Church Lane, Wimbledon SW19 3HQ
Date: Tuesday 24 January
Time: 5 – 8pm

Renewing the infrastructure at these locations will provide a reliable, smoother service to Tram customers and will reduce the need for large scale maintenance of the track for many years to come. A bus replacement service will be in operation, calling at Wimbledon, Morden Road and Mitcham Tram stops only.

For more information please visit Transport for London’s website.

Wimbledon Community Association launches new website

Wimbledon Community Association (WCA) has recently launched a new website, wimblecomm with a focus on its mission to connect people with venues that provide community space for hire, and to develop an online community hub that enables sharing of news, best practice and networking in our local communities. WCA welcomes details from venues wanting to publicise community space for hire. Listings are free for non-profit venues (terms and conditions apply). Members of the public can also search the new site for a range of venues to suit their needs.

If you are a non-profit or commercial organisation with community space for hire in Merton please contact WCA to register your venue.

Wimbledon Community Association is based at 66 Kings Road, Wimbledon SW19 8QW.

Tel: 07534 518 473
Email: general@wimbledoncommunity.org