New £1 coin comes into circulation on 28 March 2017

A new 12-sided £1 coin is due to enter circulation from 28 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. All businesses which handle cash will need to prepare for the introduction of the new coin, the co-circulation period when the new and old £1 coins are both in circulation at the same time, and for demonetisation in autumn 2017 when the current £1 coin is no longer legal tender.

The advice to businesses in the run-up to March 2017 is:

  • check whether you operate equipment that handles the £1 coin
  • contact your equipment supplier to find out if you need adaptations or replacements and by when
  • make the changes to your coin handling equipment
  • train your staff on the features of the new £1 coin
  • consider any changes to your cash handling processes e.g. counting, storing and banking during the co-circulation period.

For more information please visit thenewpoundcoin.com.

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.

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.

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District gets a YES!

The Love Wimbledon BID has received a majority YES from business voters to renew the BID for another five years.

80% of businesses voted yes for the proposals, enabling another £2.5 million of investment from businesses into the town centre over the next 5 years. Love Wimbledon received a 40% increase in votes since its last ballot when it was established in 2012.

Paul Windsor, Partner of WSM and Chair of Love Wimbledon commented ‘This is an outstanding achievement. The overwhelming support of the business community means that we are able to continue our work improving the town centre, helping to develop the strong business community and promote Wimbledon as a vibrant business hub for South West London.  Wimbledon is likely to see great change in the coming years and we will work to make sure our town stays a desirable and popular location whatever Crossrail may bring.’

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon said ‘We would like to thank the hundreds of Wimbledon based businesses for their support of the town centre and the visitors, especially residents and business employees,  who enjoy this great place and make it the vibrant and interesting town centre it is.  We will continue with the projects we have started so far that has helped make Wimbledon a popular, attractive, safe, interesting and better place.

This is one of the highest turnouts for a first term renewal ballot that a Business Improvement District has achieved, which demonstrates the commitment the shops, offices, eateries, health centres and cultural destinations have to investing in the Town Centre.’

Watch the announcement of the BID Ballot result here…

Wimbledon is a Place to Do Business

Love Wimbledon will continue its programme of investment, developing four core strategies:

Engaging events and Placemaking

Ensuring Wimbledon is an attractive, interesting and safe environment. This attracts more businesses, improves footfall and helps  make Wimbledon a happier place to be.

Leading marketing and Promotion

So everyone knows what’s on and where – it highlights the great reasons you should visit Wimbledon.

Business Services and Support

We help to reduce business costs (this works especially well for our independent shops and restaurants), provide business opportunities and improve environmental credentials.

A Brighter Future for Wimbledon

Ensuring Wimbledon continues to be a popular place to shop, eat and go out, attracting new businesses and by working to manage the impact of strategic plans like Crossrail 2.

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Danielle Sweeney, Kevin Gallagher, Paul Harvey, Keith Alexander, Helen Clark Bell, Sally Warren, Paul Windsor, Tom Ruffell, Holly Campbell

About Love Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon was established in 2012 as a Business Improvement District. In that time we have delivered over 400 events, invested over £2.5million, saved over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and lobbied to reduce the impact of Crossrail 2 on the town centre. It is funded by businesses and is a not for profit company serving and working to improve the area for businesses, visitors and residents.

All BID levy paying businesses are automatically company members and are encouraged to put themselves forward to sit on Love Wimbledon’s project steering groups and Board.

Love Wimbledon has a baseline agreement with Merton Council which ensures its improvements and services are over and above those provided by the Council.

About BIDs

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have now been operating across the UK for over a decade. A BID is a legal body formed under the Local Government Act 2004. There are over 220 BIDs across the UK and Love Wimbledon works closely with its BID neighbours in Kingston, Sutton, Croydon and across London.

Recycle office furniture with London Re-Use

Wimbledon businesses can take advantage of a range of services offered by London Re-Use, an organisation which aims to reduce landfill and pollution by recycling re-usable office items.

The UK throws away over 1.5 tonnes of bulky waste each year which is destined for landfill or incineration. The vast majority of this is furniture or white goods of which an estimated 51% is either re-usable, or would be subject to minor repairs. This waste squanders resources, pollutes the environment and costs money. But all businesses could benefit from recycling uwanted office items. London Re-Use collects items from your premises, refurbishing and recycling them, and then offering them to other businesses at a much lower price than new items would cost.

For full details of this and all their other services please visit the London Re-Use website.