Deliveroo Progress Update

We are now in regular and good communication with Deliveroo Head Office and they are responding well to our concerns about the accumulation of bikes in particular areas and the blocking of parking bays. Deliveroo managers have visited site and are sending messages to the riders and will continue this approach over the next couple of months. We have also been advised if there are instances on anti-social behaviour these can be reported on with as much detail as possible so that they can identify the riders and take appropriate action.

Love Wimbledon will continue to work with Deliveroo to manage this situation for the benefit of the businesses and the functioning of the town.

Love to Lunch Networking at Wahaca: 18 July, 12.30pm – 2pm

Join Love Wimbledon and Merton Chamber of Commerce at our Love to Lunch networking event where you can enjoy ‘good food, good company and a great time’. 

Bring your appetites, networking skills and business cards and make some vital new business contacts. Network with local businesses over your welcome drink, followed by an informal buffet style lunch with a fresh, seasonal taste of Mexico.

Find out what’s happening in Wimbledon and Merton, and have the chance to promote your business.

Wahaca, The Piazza (35 The Broadway), SW19 1DQ

Thursday 18 July from 12.30pm – 2pm

£21+vat Merton Chamber Members   |   £31.50+vat non-Members

Patron and Premier Members receive an additional 10% discount.

To book, please contact Caroline Cook 020 8944 5501 or 

Helping you build relationships for better business.

Summer of Cycleways: June – August 2019

This summer Transport for London are inviting everyone living, working in and visiting London to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Showcasing their plans for a world-leading cycle network and giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get involved in the Summer of Cycleways.

During the summer when the sun is shining the number of people cycling in London increases significantly, whether exploring the city or commuting to work. This year, TfL want to capitalise on the good cycling conditions that summer offers and target activities towards people who aren’t currently cycling, with the hope it will encourage them to try cycling and consider it a sustainable mode of transport.

How can your business get involved?

Do you know there are 250+ CYCLE RACKS in Wimbledon Town Centre?

  • Implement a cycle scheme or a Bike2Work scheme, Workplace Bikes
  • Share information about cycling in Merton
  • Enter a workplace challenge
  • Offer a range of tax incentives
  • Introduce a ‘green’ travel plan
  • Make a fleet of ‘pool’ bikes available
  • Support a workplace ‘Bicycle Users’ Group’ (BUG)
  • Provide washing, changing and drying facilities
  • Provide safe, secure and convenient cycle parking facilities
  • Promote a bike day giving discounts or special offers to employees riding their bikes to work

All great ways to promote health and wellbeing, improving air quality and promoting green transport.

If you are organising a workplace initiative, or planning an event for Summer of Cycleways, please let us know so we can promote and share ideas with local businesses. TfL are also keen to hear about it and share to their followers across social channels including LinkedIn. Use #SummerofCycleways to get noticed.

Key dates

Early June: Summer of Cycleways launch festival, Southwark Park

8 – 15 June: Bike Week

20 June: Clean Air Day

1 – 8 July: London Climate Action Week

3 & 4 August: Ride London (Love Wimbledon are hosting a Cheer Zone on Wimbledon Hill Road, Sunday 4th)

8 August: Cycle to Work Day

22 September: World Car Free Day (Summer of Cycleways concludes)


Find out more about TfL’s Summer of Cycleways:


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Taylor Alden 60 Years in Wimbledon

Taylor Alden celebrates 60 successful years in Wimbledon

This year local Public Relations & Marketing Agency, Taylor Alden will be celebrating 60 years of service in Wimbledon. We wish them a very happy birthday and many more years of success to come. Here’s what they have to say about their milestone birthday.


Alison Relf, Director at Taylor Alden
















Alison Relf, Director, Taylor Alden reminisces:

In today’s throwaway, disposable society, I, for one, take great pleasure from stamina, longevity and loyalty in an ever-changing world. And 60 years on from the conception of Taylor Alden, we look back at this timeless gem of a company.

Taylor Public Relations was founded in 1959 as a small division of the well-known industrial advertising agency, Taylor Advertising.  Based in Gloucester Place in London’s West End, the new PR division occupied a couple of rooms at the top of a gracious five-storey town house.  The handful of PR clients was passed on by Taylor Advertising, operating in the engineering and building product sectors.  Brian Corthine joined in 1968 as an assistant account executive reporting to managing director, Dennis Cunningham.

The owners of Taylor Advertising, so sure the separated independent PR company would not last long, insisted they changed the name.  Taylor Alden was chosen and the company moved out to Wimbledon – where it still resides today.  The client spread, still dominated by engineering and building clients, was offered new services –  from press relations to activities such as event organisation and customer relations programmes that included House of Commons lunches hosted by newly appointed director, Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith MP.

A Newbury office was opened and, in 1986, Alison Relf was appointed bringing a new focus on business-to-business and business-to-consumer campaigns.  The work continues today with a focus on media and social media in the lifestyle, building and construction arenas; storytelling is still at the essence of the company.  We now have so many more channels to enjoy so there’s no fear of us going stale!

We have new clients and old – three go back over 25 years – and are still loving every minute!

Brian Corthine retired in January 2019 and Taylor Alden is now wholly owned by Alison Relf.

The late Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith MP (left) and Brian Corthine, Taylor Alden

The late Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith MP (left) and Brian Corthine, Taylor Alden

Fire Warden Marshal Training: 16 July, 9.15am – 12.45pm

This Fire Warden Marshal Training course, in central Wimbledon, is aimed at those employees within the organisation who have a key role to play within the management of Fire Safety in the Workplace.

  • The course is tailored as a generic course and will include the following:
    The Legal Requirement
    The Triangle of Fire
    Types and Causes of Fire
    Extinguishing Fire
    Basic Fire Prevention
    Actions to be taken in the Event of Fire
    Fire Extinguishers
    Checking Fire Fighting Equipment within your Workplace
    Escape Routes and their Importance
    Fire Notices and Signs
    Assembly Points and Role Calls
    Proactive Fire Prevention
    Proactive and Reactive Role of a Fire Warden/Marshal
    You will be able to undertake a practical demonstration; allowing you to extinguish different types of Fire, using Fire Extinguishers on our Environmentally Friendly Fire Simulators.

Who will benefit from this course?
Any Individual who has a responsibility for Fire Safety; anyone who requires guidance on work place fire safety and anyone who requires their staff to have an in-depth Fire Safety Awareness.

Are you a Merton Chamber Member? Please log-in to obtain your discount

£92.25+vat Merton Chamber members I £123+vat non-members

For more information click here

To book:

Trinitarian Bible Society, William Tyndale House, 29 Deer Park Road, SW19 3NN

Emergency First Aid at Work: 27 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm

This Emergency First Aid at Work, in Wimbledon, is a HSE Approved Course, and is ideal for workplaces that present few health and safety risks.

What you will learn?
Basic life saving first aid and workplace health and safety regulations.

Course Content:

  • Health and safety (first aid) regulations
  • Managing an incident
  • The priorities of first aid
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • Resuscitation
  • Shock
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding
  • Common workplace injuries.
  • Assessment and certification – Continuous assessment by trainer

The Emergency first-aid at work course was excellent…not only was the course delivered locally, but with enough humour to keep us all amused whilst understanding the most serious concepts of human fragility.”  – Ghigo Berni, San Lorenzo

Who should attend?
Nominated emergency first aiders should attend or anyone wanting a comprehensive one day first aid.

Are you a Merton Chamber Member? Please log-in to obtain your discount

£123+vat Merton Chamber members I £154+vat non-members

For more information click here

To book:

Trinitarian Bible Society, William Tyndale House, 29 Deer Park Road, SW19 3NN

Designated Food Delivery Bike Areas in Wimbledon

With the increase of food delivery bikes in Wimbledon you will be aware of the number of bikes blocking the parking bays outside the station and the increase of bikes generally in the town. Love Wimbledon BID has been lobbying hard to find a solution for over 18 months, (food delivery bike survey with local businesses) and finally Deliveroo have responded to our pressure. Working in partnership with them a number of solutions will be implemented to ease this pressure whilst still ensuring our businesses continue to benefit from this trade. We will keep you updated on our  implementation plans.


May CEO Update from Helen

As Tesco’s calls for a 2% online sales tax to relieve business rates, Debenhams Wimbledon is put on the closure list for 2020, and Chicken Shop close their doors, Elys reveal their latest investment with the launch of their Urban Beauty department incorporating Gina Conway Salon & Spa. Through these changes Wimbledon is demonstrating the epitome of the current turmoil in retail. Town centres and their businesses must evolve and reflect more of their locality to ensure we survive and thrive. We can all do our bit to support our local town whether this is through B2B networks and supporting local business, employing local people or simply using the Love Wimbledon Privilege Card, let’s focus on keeping Wimbledon strong.

In the meantime, Love Wimbledon are delighted and proud to support this wonderful and innovative partnership between two of Wimbledon’s favourite independent businesses, Elys and Gina Conway providing a high quality, exclusive experience to Wimbledon and we are actively working with the owners of Centre Court to look for opportunities to enhance their provision to further strengthen the town centre but Debenhams is not closed yet!

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