WHSmith is back in Wimbledon!

Love Wimbledon is delighted to announce the reopening of WHSmith in Wimbledon Town Centre.

The fresh, modern store in Centre Court Shopping Centre offers all the traditional favourites customers enjoy from WHSmith, such as stationery, cards, books, creative crafts and confectionery, as well as the benefits of easy access and excellent parking facilities within Centre Court.

Kevin Hall, Stores Director for High Street at WHSmith commented, “We are genuinely delighted to back in Wimbledon. We never wanted to leave in the first place and we are looking forward to a long and successful future in our new store.”

Update on Works in Wimbledon Town Centre

On 14 September UK Power Networks began emergency works to repair a fault in the power cables running underneath the pavement along The Broadway in Wimbledon Town Centre, outside the entrances to Wimbledon Station, Centre Court and Tesco. This work was due to be completed within seven days but it is still ongoing as they unfortunately identified other issues as the works progressed due to the age of the cables. These cables supply electricity to residents and businesses in the town centre and further afield and we are hopeful this will resolve some of the ongoing electricity supply issues businesses have experienced in the town centre.

Love Wimbledon has been lobbying both Merton Council and UK Power Networks on a regular basis to understand the extent of this work, applying pressure to ensure the work is completed as a matter of urgency, with minimal disruption to the town centre whilst also requesting that the area is cleaned and returned to its original state swiftly upon completion of the works. We have now been informed the work is due to complete on 10 October. UK Power Networks has already laid some of the area with tarmac as a temporary measure until the arrival of matching replacement paving slabs, which we understand are currently on order.

We can assure you we will be requesting regular updates from UKPN until this work is completed.

New “Hopper” fare means cheaper travel

Travelling on a bus in London will become cheaper and more convenient for millions of passengers with the introduction of the new Hopper fare from Monday 12 September

Hopper will allow passengers to change from one bus or tram to another bus or tram for free within one hour of touching in at the start of their journey. It will be automatically given to anyone who uses pay-as-you-go with Oyster or contactless payment cards. Passengers could make extended journeys across London for just £1.50 for a standard adult fare if the second journey begins within an hour.  The new fare will mean an estimated 30m bus journeys currently costing £1.50 will now become free every year.

Transport for London is also working towards delivering unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour from 2018. In addition, from 2018 customers who travel on a tube or train between their two or more bus or tram journeys will also be eligible for the Hopper fare.

Helping Wimbledon businesses keep lean and green

Love Wimbledon works hard to help businesses save money and operate with environmental responsibility. Over 25% of BID businesses have taken up recycling services and utility contracts with providers we have sourced. Through these partnerships BID businesses have saved:

over £100,000 on bills since we initiated our Meercat procurement scheme

over £135,000 on recycling and waste collection since we launched our First Mile service

Amost 700,000kg of waste has been recycled and businesses have saved over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of over 7,000 trees!

Love Wimbledon will continue to help businesses save money and keep Wimbledon clean and green. Find out more about these and other business services we offer here.

Wimbledon Town Centre shop vacancy rates remain low

Over the last year the shop vacancy rate in Wimbledon has fallen dramatically from 7% in April 2015 to just 4.6% a year later, and has been consistently lower than many other areas of London and compared to the UK as a whole. Over the last quarter in particular the vacancy rate has remained low while both the London and national rates have seen marked increases to 9.1% and 10.1% respectively.

Love Wimbledon strives to make Wimbledon Town Centre an attractive, safe, well presented and represented location of choice for business as well as visitors and residents. Our focus is on promoting the town centre and supporting local businesses and we aim to ensure the businesses, attractions and facilities of Wimbledon Town Centre are connected, clearly presented and represented with a strong collective voice, and to provide services to support existing businesses and attract new ones.

BID businesses offer workplace support for young people

Two Wimbledon BID businesses have joined forces to help young people with learning disabilities on their way to volunteering or paid employment. Wimbledon based retail technology specialist, Retail IT provides equipment, training and ongoing support to Merton Connected’s charity retail initiative Fayre & Square. The community shop is based on the Upper Level of Centre Court Shopping Centre and offers support and retail training placements to volunteers with learning disabilities.

Fayre and Square was born from the idea of supporting young people into employment. It provides supported retail skills for young adults and a platform for local independent artisans to showcase their hand made products to the public. Dozens of young volunteers have completed placements at Fayre and Square, with the majority progressing on to further training or volunteering and several moving on from the project into paid employment.

CIPD and Office Angels present analysis of UK labour market and salaries

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in partnership with Adecco Group has recently published its quarterly Labour Market Outlook,  highlighting employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions, and how Brexit is affecting hiring and investment decisions and the migrant workforce.

Office Angels recruitment consultants, part of the Adecco Group has also published its biannual Salary Update, analysing salary trends for office professional roles and assessing the UK jobs market as well as the impact of the National Living Wage.

The reports are essential reading and present invaluable information on the current state of salaries and the UK labour market, and insightful analysis on the outlook for both.

Headquartered in Wimbledon (151 The Broadway), the CIPD is the professional association for human resource management professionals. The Wimbledon branch of Office Angels is located at 40-44 The Broadway.

Love Wimbledon launches ShopWatch

Following on from the success of our PubWatch initiative, Love Wimbledon is pleased to announce the launch of ShopWatch. We are engaging with and connecting individual retailers throughout the town centre with the aim of working together to share intelligence to try and eradicate crime, with shop lifting being the main offence. The Met Police are fully supportive of this initiative and will attend each meeting.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 October at 6.30pm in the Management Office/Meeting room at Centre Court. Meetings will be held every month.

If you would like to attend or need more details, please email Love Wimbledon or call us on 020 8619 2012.

Wimbledon Town Centre Celebrates a second Murray victory

Over 1,500 fans and locals packed into Wimbledon Town Centre to enjoy the Wimbledon final on Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen on The Piazza. 

Love Wimbledon’s popular Big Screen in Wimbledon Town Centre was once again the choice for hundreds as the place to watch the Wimbledon finals. The jubilant crowd celebrated Andy Murray’s win on The Piazza, with a tremendous cheer erupting on his winning point. Many people unable to get tickets for the actual event relaxed on deck chairs soaking up the Wimbledon tennis atmosphere and where better to do it than – in Wimbledon!

Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive commented ‘We had hundreds of people sharing the finals’ atmosphere in the heart of Wimbledon Town Centre – the audience were amazing. Surrounding businesses really got involved too such as Morrisons supermarket giving out free pizzas and strawberries, Patisserie Valerie giving out smoothies and Wahaca giving out mini quesadillas and nachos. It was a wonderful occasion’.

Love Wimbledon first introduced the Big Screen to The Piazza in 2013. It brings the excitement of The Championships to town and is an opportunity for people who live, shop or work in Wimbledon to enjoy the tennis. The Big Screen was up everyday during the two weeks as well as a tennis simulator, where fans competed to hit the fastest serve.

Wimbledon Town Centre really got into the swing of tennis this year with shops going tennis ball mad with themed window decorations, Morrisons re-branding themselves as Murrisons, All Bar One becoming All Bar Wimble-One and artist Henry Day’s ‘Rebound Symmetry’ flying over The Piazza. Live music, street food and alfresco seating were enjoyed at Love Wimbledon’s pop-up in St Mark’s Place and vibrant hanging baskets and lamppost banners welcomed tennis goers to Wimbledon Town.

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Crossrail 2 releases response to issues raised during consultation

Crossrail 2 has released its response to the issues raised during the Autumn 2015 Crossrail 2 consultation. The response can be read and downloaded here.

The response covers a wide range of issues raised and Section 12.2 (p 56-61) addresses issues specific to Wimbledon town centre and surrounding areas.

Love Wimbledon would like to thank all businesses that participated in the consultation. We will continue to keep you abreast of any updates.

We want to ensure Wimbledon stays great for businesses before, during and after any potential development.