RideLondon Business Opportunity

Prudential RideLondon – Sunday 10th August 2014

Be part of Love Wimbledon’s street party and celebration event 

We will be closing the road from the Worple Road junction of Wimbledon Hill Road to St George’s Road/Alexandra Road. Join in our street party with fun activities and promotions – we will be having bunting, music, Elys are providing face painting and balloon modelling, and we would like you to join in too. Email us or call us on 020 8619 2012.

Prudential RideLondon cycle ride will be taking place this year on Sunday 10 August and will be passing through Wimbledon once again.

The route will enter Merton over the Coombe Lane flyover, it then passes through Raynes Park, along Worple Road to Wimbledon town centre; and then turns left up Wimbledon Hill Road,  to Wimbledon Village, past Wimbledon Common to Tibbetts Corner where it exits the borough.

So, if you want to get involved here is some key information to maximise the day for your business:

  •  In this years ride there will be 24,000 riders – up from last  years 17,000, and the aim is to raise over £12m for charity.
  •  With more riders taking part this year, there will be more spectators along the route, cheering on their family, friends and colleagues – especially in the afternoon and early evening – so this is your chance to get involved.
  • Businesses can contact James@ridelondon.co.uk for a ‘Celebration Pack’ for your business – get some bunting and get involved.
  • Get your staff involved – what can your business do on the day?
  • The Charity-Venue Scheme – an opportunity for venues along the route to be teamed up with charities involved in the race as a hub for supporters.  Click here for more information on the Charity-Venue Scheme.

On the practical side check out which roads will be closed and what buses etc are diverted on the RideLondon website.

  • Ensure your staff are informed if this affects their journey to work – TfL journey planner is a great way to find out what is and isn’t running.
  • Ensure you are not expecting deliveries or waste collections that day– make alternative arrangements.
  • Access to/from the A3 in Merton will not be possible via Tibbet’s Corner and Coombe Lane flyover.
  • No Parking will be permitted on the route from midnight on Sunday 10 August, and by 5am the route will be cleared of any cars left parked. Normal restrictions will apply in surrounding roads.

This year Prudential RideLondon will be hosting an online business directory, showcasing the fantastic businesses and services around the route throughout London and Surrey. If you are a business located on or close to any of the Prudential RideLondon routes, you can be listed in the Prudential RideLondon Business Directory free of charge.

The business directory aims to support businesses by incentivising customers to visit your business on alternative days before, after or even during the festival event weekend.  The online directory will be live six weeks before and six weeks after the Prudential RideLondon festival weekend, from 23 June until 22 September.   Businesses listings are free of charge and you are welcome to make an exclusive offer to customers too. If you are interested in creating a listing for your business, please contact Danielle to recieve a template to complete. Entries need to be submitted by 16th June.

For more information on RideLondon please contact James Taylor, RideLondon Engagement Manager  via email or tel. 0207 902 0200 ext. 203.

New Business Waste Legislation – January 2015

New waste regulations are coming

From January 2015, new UK waste regulations will require businesses to separate recyclable material (paper, plastic, card, metal and glass) from other waste. This amendment to the EU Waste Framework Directive means that businesses will be required to separate their recyclable material by law.

Do I need to do anything?

To be compliant, your business is required to have recycling (paper, plastic, card, metal and glass) collected separately from other waste.

If your recycling is already being collected separately from your other waste, i.e. in our Mixed Recycling Sacks, then you are already compliant. Simply continue to put paper, plastic, card, metal and glass into Mixed Recycling Sacks and place all non-recyclables and food waste into General Waste or Food Recycling Sacks.

If you are not currently recycling, you may need to begin doing so to ensure your business is compliant. The easiest way is to set up a Mixed Recycling service through our recycling contractor First Mile. Mixed Recycling services are lower cost than General Waste and in addition if you are a Love Wimbledon BID business you receive a FREE allocation of sacks, so this will also reduce your costs.

Need help?
If you are unsure about any of this information, First Mile would be delighted to talk it through with you. You can reach them any time on 0800 612 9894 or at customers@thefirstmile.co.uk.

 

 

Independents Day Competition

Want to improve your business performance and be more competitive?

Enter the Independents’ Day competition – sponsored by Mondelēz International – and win our exclusive prize.

This prize draw is exclusively open to managers and owners of convenience stores, newsagents and out-of-home operators (this includes restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, caterers, contract caterers) in the UK. Deadline for entry is 4th July.

Each winner will receive a FREE place on the Digital High Street Skills programme Module 1: Understand your Customer and Digital Marketing, including workbooks and downloadable business tools.

The module covers the important basics of marketing right through to online channels and will: • Help the winners understand the importance of knowing your customer and their lifetime value • Give the winners the tools to develop a clear digital strategy which will build customer loyalty • Help the winners understand different digital marketing channels and how to use them successfully

By the end of the session the winners will be able to articulate what their marketing and digital strategies are, develop a marketing plan and understand how to benefit from a marketing planner.

The prize is for one place (out of 30 available). The training session will take place in one or two locations (Birmingham, Maple Cross, Manchester and Sheffield).  The training location will be confirmed after the competition closes and will depend on availability and the location of the selected winners. Winners must be willing to travel to the stated locations and will need to cover their own travel costs to and from the training venue.

For more information about the Digital High Street Skills training programme please visit: www.digitalhighstreetskills.co.uk

To enter the Independents’ Day competition please visit http://bit.ly/id2014comp

Find out more

Independents’ Day is organised by People 1st, the leading skills and workforce development charity for employers in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries. Now in its fourth year, the campaign was launched for the first time in 2011 and previously run by the National Skills Academy for Retail.

CALLING ALL WIMBLEDON BUSINESSES!

Celebrate your Success – Apply to Win

‘Wimbledon Business of the Year!’

Enter your business in the Merton Chamber of Commerce  2014 Best Business awards to be Wimbledon Business of the Year.
To apply for this award your business must be located within the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement area, you do not have to be a BID levy payer to apply.
This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in their area of business as well as sound management practices. You must be able to demonstrate sustainable growth and a degree of commercial success.
All you need to do is download and fill out the application form on the Merton Best Business Website or contact the Love Wimbledon team on 020 8619 2012 / info@lovewimbledon.org

Open to SMEs with 250 or less employees.

FREE TO ENTER

Autumn Arts- Get involved

From September 13th for three weekends,  Love Wimbledon will be joining up with local artists and organisations, including Bookfest, Merton Arts Trail and The polka, bringing a range of arts activities to the town centre.

Are you a cafe, bar, restaurant, Estate Agent or shop?

Or one of our many entertainment or leisure providers?

Would you like to display work by local artists, put on a performance or take part in other way?

If so then we would love to hear from you.

We are inviting Wimbledon businesses and stakeholders who would be interested in getting involved to contact us and join in.  The event gets heavily promoted, so be part of the Wimbledon Arts Scene this September.

Contact us at info@lovewimbledon.org

We look forward to working with you.

A taster of businesses that have signed up so far:

The Polka Theatre

The Old Frizzle

Berties Bar

Waterstones

Moss and Co

Centre Court

Prudential Ride London

There will be a large number of road closures in West London and Surrey and you may be affected by congestion and increased journey times because of road closures in the areas around the route. The road closures can also result in displaced traffic that makes other parts of London busier than usual. The route has also changed slightly around Kingston. Information, advice and maps will be available online at http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/ and http://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/prudential-ridelondon

Transport for London (TfL) will be working with London Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP) to keep you informed about any impact on the road network.  LSCP will be working on behalf of TfL to engage directly with businesses and freight operators to provide advice on planning ahead and considering your options.

Exemplary Low Carbon Initiative Offices Open

In March 2014 Mansel House, an outdated 1960’s office block, reopened as a state of the art, green workspace.  The UK headquarters of software businesses Statpro, international software developers and Winshuttle moved to the exemplary building in Wimbledon Town Centre.

The objectives were simple, to refurbish and remodel an outdated building creating relevant and contemporary green offices.  This included draft proofing with high performance insulation, passive ventilation, water harvesting and collection,  maximising natural light and the use of healthy materials as well as working with the current occupiers to minimise their  emissions. The quality of architecture provides an exciting addition to Wimbledon Town Centre. The developers were Stanhope and Threadneedle, major players in the industry.

Read more about office space in Wimbledon Town Centre

Mayor urges small businesses to connect with £23m internet scheme

The Mayor of London has launched a £23m scheme to provide high speed broadband connections for over 9,000 small businesses in the capital. The Mayor described the scheme to leading members of the capital’s business community as he addressed the London First Infrastructure Summit. Find out more at here

Wimbledon Business, Charity and Rugby Club come together to fundraise!

Wimbledon accountancy firm WSM is holding their second charity ‘Rugby Sevens Tournament’ on  17th May. Following a brilliantly successful event last year, teams and spectators are invited to what’s sure to be another fantastic day.

This years tournament will be raising money for Wimbledon charity Stem4 and will be held at Wimbledon Rugby Club (where else?!)

If you are a rugby player get involved! Club and social teams are invited to show off their skills and with separate tournaments for men and women’s teams, everyone’s welcome. So if you’re a rugby player with 11 other team mates and fancy taking part please visit the WSM website here for more information.

If you’re not a rugby player (!) they want you too! Come along as a spectator to cheer on the competing teams and enjoy the BBQ and Live Music throughout the day.

Wimbledon Rugby Club has a car park and WSM will also be running a shuttle bus to and from Raynes Park Station. Spectator entry is FREE, though if you do enjoy your time there will be plenty of opportunity to make a donation to STEM4 on the day.

For further information:

E-mail: rugby@wsm.co.uk

Or call: 020 8545 7623

Visit their website

Apprentices are winners

It was an exciting start to the working week for three young Apprentices who were recognised at a special award ceremony held by Wimbledon based Capital Training Group (CTG) to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week ( 3-7 March 2014)

CTG’s Big Breakfast event on Monday 3 March welcomed over 50 guests from local businesses and stakeholder organisations including Merton Chamber of Commerce, Merton Council and the National Apprenticeship Service. CTG places apprentices with local employers and supports them throughout their apprenticeship.

Special guest Stephen Hammond MP for Wimbledon and Under Secretary of State for Transport outlined the government’s views on Apprenticeships and the benefits to the economy both locally and nationally. Mr Hammond then presented the awards to the three hard working apprentices who had all been nominated by their employers.

Apprentice of the Year 2014 was Emma Elliott from Home Instead.  The judges recognised that Emma has not only excelled in her role as Recruitment and Training Administrator, she has also thrown herself into the of care side of the business so she could understand what it feels like to give hands on care.

Highly Commended was Wallis Browne from Capital Engineering Personnel.  Wallis received her award for applying herself with enthusiasm, helping reduce collection time for debtors in her role in credit control and her keenness to undertake all aspects of the business.

The Special Merit Award went to Nisa Leach from Clear Insurance. The judges were impressed with Nisa’s contribution to a wide range of business initiatives, including coordinating entire projects that have been rolled out across the company’s other branches.

CTG helps employers to recruit apprentices by offering a unique bespoke vacancy matching service and also provides excellent pastoral support for apprentices, encouraging and enabling them to complete their training and sustain their employment.

Within the last year, together with the help of its consortium partners, Capital Training Group has been able to support and place over 225 young people into Apprenticeships across London.

For more information about Capital Training Group and its range of Apprenticeship provision visit their website here