Merton Best Business Awards – Extended Deadline

Organisers of this year’s Merton Best Business Awards are extending the deadline for one week to give tennis-obsessed companies the chance to serve up winning entries.

The new deadline of Friday, July 4 will give people the chance to enjoy the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

A spokesman for the Merton Best Business Awards said: “Filling in our application forms isn’t an onerous task but does take time to get right. We want to make sure even avid tennis fans can both enjoy the tennis and give their businesses a boost through our awards.

“We wouldn’t want our judges to call their awards ‘out’ just because they’d been watching Andy Murray defend his crown!”

All finalists will be required to attend the Grand Final on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the All England Tennis Club. Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #Mertonbest

The winners will scoop £2,500 in advertising in what is possibly the cheapest way to market any Merton business this year.

For more details on the awards and to enter, visit

For further details, call David Tooley 07760 230238

Mansel House Shortlisted for Award

The newly refurbished Mansel House shortlisted for a NLA Award


The New London Architecture Awards shortlist has just been announced and includes Mansel House located in Wimbledon Town Centre. Mansel House has recently completed a comprehensive refurbishment and redevelopment by Duggan Architects to provide grade A contemporary energy efficient offices.  The building has been designed as a Low Carbon Workplace to be leading edge in both environmental performance and occupier comfort.

Mansel House is situated on Mansel Road close to the junction with Wimbledon Hill Road and just a short walk from Wimbledon station and the numerous restaurants, bars and shops in the town centre.

A shortlist of over 140 projects across 15 categories has been selected out of the hundreds submitted to the NLA, recognising the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.
Winnres will be announced on Wednesday 9 July.


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 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