Love Wimbledon featured in report on London’s Business Improvement Districts

Love Wimbledon is delighted to be featured as a case study in a research document about the Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts, produced by Greater London Authority, London LEP, Future of London and Rocket Science.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are becoming an integral part of London with the benefits they bring to local high streets and boroughs increasingly apparent. Love Wimbledon is featured as a case study in this report, focusing on “the BID as a convener and enabler”.

To read the report in full, please click here.

New offices for Morrisons Solicitors

On Monday 4th April Morrisons Solicitors will be opening new offices in recently refurbished Connect House, Alexandra Road.

The team of experienced legal professionals is thrilled to be growing with, and supporting the vibrant Wimbledon business community, following a very busy year.

Morrisons Solicitors offer a full range of legal services for individuals, families, businesses and organisations, and look forward to continuing their strong relationships with them.

Managing Partner Paul Harvey commented,
“I am delighted to announce the expansion of our Wimbledon office with a relocation to much larger premises and the new offices on Alexandra Road are going to make for a great working environment for the team. Wimbledon is an exciting place to be at the moment and we now feel that we are even better placed to support the growth of the town. Over the last year our team has identified an increase in demand for our legal services for both businesses and individuals, so it really is a good time to be investing in the Wimbledon area.”

Morrisons Solicitors LLP boasts a 286-year history and is one of the largest firms covering Surrey and South West London with offices in Wimbledon, Redhill, Woking, Camberley and Teddington.

For more details about the move, please visit their website.

New Arts Space for Wimbledon Library

Arts Council England has awarded Merton Council a £62,000 grant which will be spent on refurbishing the back of Wimbledon Library to create a flexible out-of-hours performance and exhibition space. The award of the grant follows a successful bid from the council’s libraries and heritage service.

Called the Merton Arts Space project, the council is set to create a flexible area to include movable bookcases as well as chairs and tables and sound and lighting rigs which organisations will be able to use after library opening hours to stage their own events. The space will enrich the council’s cultural offer to the people of Merton, and attract library users and residents to the library to enjoy and benefit from a broad arts programme. As well as exhibitions and performances, there will also be impromptu “scratch sessions”, which will give the audience the opportunity to see new work being developed in comedy, music and other performing arts.

The council is expecting to open the new space this summer. A programme of events is expected to be published in early June.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “Merton’s Officers worked hard to obtain this funding, which we will use to further enhance our award-winning library service. It will mean that community groups will be able to stage performances in an iconic, historic place right at the heart of Wimbledon.  Our cultural offer will become all the richer for it and I can’t wait to see the performances that arts groups will be putting on there in months to come.”

Summary Report released from Crossrail 2

Love Wimbledon has learned that Crossrail 2 has released its SUMMARY report [Crossrail 2 Consultation Report] on the recent consultation and is available to view here.

The document is 353 pages long, Wimbledon is on page 69 (on PDF reader ) or 61 (on their document). There were 2,369 respondents to Question 27 about the proposals for a Crossrail 2 station at Wimbledon.

There are no conclusions in this document but it summarises the voice of Wimbledon and the areas of concerns from the responses. Crossrail 2 will be further examining this data and releasing their findings in the summer.

We spoke with Crossrail 2 who have commented: ‘We are now continuing to analyse the ideas and comments received in the consultation at the same time as completing further design and development work. This will help us refine the scheme in response to the feedback we received. We expect to publish our response to the issues and concerns raised during the consultation in the summer, ahead of sharing proposals in further consultations which are expected later in the year’.

We would like to thank all the businesses who participated in the feedback and will continue to keep you abreast of any updates.

We want to see Wimbledon stay great for businesses before, during and after any potential development.