Paul Harvey: Chair and Secretary at Morrisons Solicitors
“Like many other businesses owners, I ask – what value does Love Wimbledon add to the town centre, to my team and to my business? The answer is simple – they have made Wimbledon Town Centre a better town centre, a better place to do business with many thriving businesses and a place which is much more attractive to visit and use.
Some of what the Love Wimbledon BID delivers is obvious; the markets, closing the streets and putting on Winter Wonderland, the Christmas tree outside the station, the reimagined Hartfield Walk, the Love Wimbledon employee Privilege Card, the great social media posts and town centre map, the murals and just bumping into the ranger on their rounds.
However, often it’s the things we don’t see that have the most impact; the regular changes of the flower beds they manage, the intense cleaning early in the morning, the lobbying to promote Wimbledon Town Centre to businesses, the partnership with the Police, Merton Council, high street businesses, the CCTV to manage crime, the services they offer for waste and the forums and meetings they attend with residents, politicians, and businesses to fly the Wimbledon flag. These things really do make a difference.
And I ask myself, what would Wimbledon and having a business here be like without these things; where would the support be, who would promote the town, what would crime rate look like, how nice would the town centre be for my team when they come to work (and how would they continue to get the great discounts!). I for one, see Love Wimbledon making a real difference, I see ambition for Wimbledon Town Centre, a team who care, and for all of these reasons, my business sees the levy as good value for the security we receive, the attractiveness of the town and the improvement for business of Wimbledon Town Centre.
My business will be voting YES this autumn as we hope you will, so the town can continue to receive the ongoing support from Love Wimbledon BID and see the five year plan outlined within this document coming to fruition.”