Love Wimbledon Plant Over 250 New Trees

Probably the longest native woodland hedge in Wimbledon!

 

Love Wimbledon always strives to reduce it’s impact on the environment. Thus ahead of National Tree Week and in conjunction with the Woodland Trust’s The Big Climate Fightback, Love Wimbledon has pledged to help fight the climate emergency, by planting over 250 new saplings in Hartfield Road.

As well as being one of the best ways to fight a changing climate, planting trees can help to improve air quality and protect biodiversity in urban areas. Younger trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, at a rate of nearly 6kgs per tree.

This means that the new hedge planted by Love Wimbledon will absorb approximately 1,500kgs of CO2 and have a significant impact upon air pollution in Wimbledon. This is especially significant given that the majority of buses in Wimbledon Town Centre, pass through Hartfield Road, in addition to cars, lorries, taxi’s and vans.

Love Wimbledon’s double-row hedge features a variety of species including Rowan, Hazel, Cherry, Elder and Crab Apple trees.

 

These saplings have been carefully selected to offer beautiful blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays, whilst also acting as a connection for existing woodland so that wildlife stay on the move.

 

Trees are essential for people, wildlife and the environment. They absorb carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient. But given the alarming rate of global warming on our planet, reducing our carbon emissions will never be enough.

 

‘It is vital that we grow a UK-wide patchwork of trees and woods – not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration. The woods, hedges and green spaces we create buffer existing habitats, tackle climate change and reverse wildlife decline – all at the same time’.

– The Woodland Trust

 

This comes as part of the ‘Free Trees for Schools and Communities’ programme run by the Woodland Trust, and funded by SainsburysPeople’s Postcode LotteryYorkshire TeaJoules and Selfridges.

For more information on what Love Wimbledon are doing to improve air quality in Wimbledon Town Centre, including the Adopt A Tree campaign, visit our air quality page.

Ellisons Receive Best Estate Agent Award

Ellisons Estate Agents

 

One of Wimbledon’s leading estate agents, Ellisons, has recently been identified as a top estate agent in the country and gained recognition as winner of the Best Estate Agent Guide 2020.

Ellisons Estate Agents are an independent estate agents, with over 27 years’ local knowledge and expertise in selling property in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. Love Wimbledon is very proud to have a nationally recognised and award-winning estate agents located in our town centre.

 

“These awards follow a rigorous and independent assessment and we are thrilled to have been recognised as among the best in the country”.

– Sean Purtill, owner of Ellisons Estate Agents

 

Ellisons were surveyed against a total of 15,000 estate agents in the country, in one of the biggest assessments of any industry. Criteria included property marketing, results and customer service, with over 3 billion data points and 20,000 mystery shops being analysed. As a result, Ellisons now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide and has been listed in the top 3% of estate agents in the country.

For further details on how Ellisons Estate Agents can help you sell or let a property, visit their website.

Enhance Your Google Profile with 360° Images

Google My Business 360 images

 

Love Wimbledon are now offering a FREE service to all BID members, providing 360° images of your business venue, for use on your Google My Business page.

Since its launch in September 2018, 47 businesses, including Roxie Steak, The Prince of Wales and The Body Shop, have made use of this fantastic service. At present, business images provided by Love Wimbledon on Google, have received over 3.7 million views – a figure which only continues to grow with time.

Images truly do speak louder than words, and the impressive digital reach of these 360-degree views have allowed BID businesses to showcase all the details of their stores that customers love, whilst generating greater interest and increasing the number of potential customers clicking on their Google listing.

 

“The team at Love Wimbledon are a huge asset to Wimbledon and its businesses! I have had the pleasure working with them for the past few years and they consistently come up with new ideas to help the local economy. Recently they have offered local businesses 360 photography for their venues free of charge and really delivered.”

Mike Byrne, Owner – Suburban Bar & Lounge

 

So far Love Wimbledon has uploaded close to 250 of these high-quality 360-degree pictures to Google My Business listings which has had over half a million views – and counting. This free-to-use service is a great way for your business to make a good first impression to potential customers.

To find out more about how these images could offer a brilliant opportunity for your business, get in touch.

 

Google 360 The Body Shop

Climate Emergency Consultation

On 10 July 2019, Merton Council declared a Climate Emergency and set the ambitious carbon reduction target to make the borough of Merton carbon neutral by 2050. To lead the way, the Council is also working towards making its own buildings and services carbon neutral by 2030.

Merton Council is currently developing a Climate Action Plan, which will set out how these targets can be achieved, to take to Cabinet and full Council in early 2020. The Council would like businesses and organisations to be a part of this important process by completing their Climate Change Consultation. Closes Monday 9 December.

Christmas Markets on The Piazza

12 days of Christmas Markets on The Piazza

Wrap up warm and enjoy 12 Days of Love Wimbledon’s Christmas Markets, across five weekends throughout the festive season!

Open 11am to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday from 23 November until Sunday 22 December, our Christmas Market on The Piazza is the perfect place to pick up unique gifts. With up to 50 stalls at each market and different traders each weekend, we’ll have a huge variety of stalls featuring original art, gorgeous clothing and accessories, and unique homeware – much of which is homemade by local artists. And you can tuck in to traditional treats such as Christmas cake, mince pies, mulled wine and festive bakes.

 

Christmas Markets on The Piazza dates:

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November

Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December – also Winter Wonderland

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December

Friday 13 opening till 7pm , Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December

Friday 20 opening till 7pm, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 December

 

New £20 note launches 20 February 2020

Bank of England announces new £20 polymer note

A new, polymer £20 note, featuring the artist JMW Turner, will be issued on 20 February 2020. It contains sophisticated security features making it the most secure Bank of England banknote yet. For the first time, the note incorporates two windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to counterfeit and, like the polymer £10, will contain a tactile feature to help vision impaired people identify the denomination.

In preparation for the new £20 note, cash-handling businesses should:

  • speak to suppliers to check banknote machines are updated
    eg: self-service checkouts, point-of-sale banknote authenticators, back office banknote authenticators/note counters
  • ensure staff who handle cash are aware and know what to expect on 20 February 2020
  • access free training and educational materials via Bank of England

The polymer £20 note will join the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10. A new £50 note, featuring Alan Turing, will follow in 2021. The paper £20 can be used until it is withdrawn from circulation. The Bank of England will announce the withdrawal date after the new polymer £20 note has been issued, with six months’ notice.

Find out more at Bank of England.

How You Can Help to Support Local Charities and Change Lives

Merton Giving, a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Services Council and supported by Merton Council, is celebrating its first birthday. Since its launch, the business community has responded incredibly to help local causes with cash donations to the Merton Giving Fund and/or non-monetary in-kind support totaling in excess of £60,000.  To continue its work, Merton Giving Week is back for 2019.  In its second year the week marks a dedicated focus on fundraising to help grow the Merton Giving Fund to provide financial support to charities working locally.

 

“CSR is increasingly important for businesses and we like to encourage businesses in Wimbledon to give to their local community, encouraging their staff to develop a meaningful relationship with local charities. Merton Giving provides a structure for this and Love Wimbledon is proud to support this initiative”.

– Helen Clark Bell, CEO, Love Wimbledon 

 

Businesses, community groups and residents across the borough are invited to join in and do whatever takes their fancy during Merton Giving Week, 2nd to 8th December 2019, to raise money to help grow the Merton Giving Fund.

 

For more information about how you can take part visit Merton Chamber of Commerce.

 

ALL Wimbledon’s bars, pubs and clubs offer FREE water refills

Over 20 venues now offer FREE water refills in Wimbledon Town Centre.

All of Wimbledon’s pubs, clubs and bars and many of our restaurants and cafes are now listed on the Refill app, with more going live soon.

Get your business listed on the Refill app!

If you’re a business with a publicly accessible tap, then all you need to do is provide Refill with a few details to create your FREE profile on the map. Once your station is live you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall as a result.

Read more about Love Wimbledon’s work on sustainability in our Town Centre, and see which businesses are currently listed.

 

T&L Food and Culture Awards 2019 RESULTS

Wimbledon businesses have had a run of success at the high profile South West London awards – The Time and Leisure Food and Culture Awards.

The public voted in their thousands for their favourite food and culture venues across South West London and Surrey, and following a record breaking five figure total of votes cast, over 20 Wimbledon hot-spots were finalists.

We are so proud to see so many of our Wimbledon businesses represented and there is no better validation than that of your customers. BTW did we mention Love Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland was commended!

We had winners in:
Best Newcomer – 601 Queens Road
The Tony Kane Best Cultural Experience – Wimbledon BookFest
Performing Arts Venue of the Year – New Wimbledon Theatre
Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre – Diba

Our other businesses that excelled with commendations:
Little Greece, Love Wimbledon Market – Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre
CMYK – Best Night Out

As well as: Sticks n Sushi, The Alex, Bill’s, Polka Theatre and Wimbledon Winter Wonderland.

 

Merton Best Business Awards 2019 RESULTS

Last night many businesses within the BID excelled at the Merton Best Business Awards 2019 held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.  With 33 finalists across 16 categories, we celebrated with 7 Love Wimbledon BID businesses winning in their categories and 10 as runners up. An extraordinary achievement.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon said ‘This reflects the variety of businesses we have in the town centre and how they continue to develop and reach for growth.

‘We are really proud there are so many award winning businesses in Merton and in Wimbledon Town Centre, from popular eateries, energetic start-ups to national HQs doing things differently. We wish them every success as we do with all businesses in the borough.’

 

Overall Winner

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa

 

Best Apprentice of the Year

Enrico Montana, TWM Solicitors – Runner Up

 

Best Employer of the Year

Fayre and Square – Runner Up

 

Best Enterprising Business

Finling Associates Limited – Runner Up

 

Best in the Creative Sector

Polka Theatre – Winner

 

Best Large Business

Iglu.com – Winner

Itsu – Runner Up

 

Best Medium Business

Gina Conway Aveda Salon and Spa – Winner

SANTORO – Runner Up

 

Best Pub of the Year

Prince of Wales – Winner

The Alexandra – Runner Up

 

Best Restaurant of the Year

Lu-Ma Cafe – Runner Up

 

Best Service Excellence

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa – Winner

The Alexandra – Runner Up

 

Positive Workplace

Lu-Ma Cafe – Winner

Peldon Rose – Runner Up

 

 

The Extra Mile

The Alexandra – Runner Up

 

For the full list of results please visit Merton Best Business Awards.