Domestic & General signs Sony and Signet

Domestic & General has launched a jewellery protection product with Signet, the UK’s largest provider of jewellery and watches. The product will be offered through Signet’s brands and in stores such as H. Samuel, Ernest Jones and Leslie Davis.

Kam Kandola, Domestic & General’s Sales Director says, “This is a huge win for us, not only are we covering a new sector but we automatically become the leading provider for jewellery and watch insurance.”

Domestic & General will initially be offering term plans across all 500 stores and the intention is to launch a monthly subscription plan in September 2016.

Domestic & General has also agreed to support Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) for 3 years across Europe offering aftercare protection to customers who purchase a Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4). Using in box material, customers will be advised to register their purchase through either the online Sony PS4 branded site, or by telephone registration. The PlayStation Protection Policy will cover mechanical or electrical breakdown, as well as accidental damage, and also cover the Dualshock 4 controllers. In addition to supporting their PS4 sales, we will also be working with SCEE to launch the PlayStation Protection Policy for their upcoming PlayStation Virtual Reality headset (PlayStation VR).

Kam Kandola, Sales Director says, “It’s a great win for our business. It is a pan-European deal which was won in a competitive tender.”

Domestic & General Wimbledon celebrated the new signings by hosting a retro gaming session with Joypad.

Dean Keeling, Domestic & General UK Managing Director, commented: “A huge amount of work goes into winning, launching and retaining clients, so it’s only right that we reward and recognise the great work of our amazing team.”

Domestic & General’s Head Office is in Wimbledon. It is the UK’s leading specialist warranty provider, in business for over 100 years with operations around the UK and abroad.

Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger open in Wimbledon

Soho House has opened Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger on The Broadway in Wimbledon (opposite Wimbledon Theatre). The menu, created by Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, will offer the original Chicken Shop dishes as well as the Dirty Burger classics. Wimbledon will be the tenth site in London to offer the Dirty Burger menu, with sister restaurants also in Barcelona and Chicago. The 70 cover restaurant has been designed in-house by Jones and his team, who took inspiration from the look and feel of 1950s American general stores. As at all the Chicken Shop sites, takeaway will also be available from the Wimbledon restaurant.

Guests can choose from a selection of tasty burgers crafted from different cuts of beef including rump and sirloin for extra flavour, along with a range simple sides. Whole chickens are marinated overnight using a specially developed recipe and then steamed to lock in flavour and keep the meat succulent. Just before serving they are transferred to the bespoke rotisserie grill and cooked over charcoal and wood. The result is the ideal combination of juicy chicken with crispy skin, served quartered, halved or whole. The weekend breakfast menu includes Sausage & Egg muffins, Bacon & Egg muffins and Avocado & Tomato muffins. American-style desserts include deep filled apple pie, where guests are encouraged to ‘say when’ on their size of slice; other options are warm chocolate brownie or lemon tart, all served with either cream or homemade vanilla ice cream. The drinks menu includes a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks, as well as a variety of new cocktails.

Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger Wimbledon
86 The Broadway, SW19 1QE
020 8540 0512

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: Midday – 11:00pm
Friday: Midday – Midnight
Saturday: 10:00am – Midnight
Sunday: 10:00am – 10:30pm

Jacks of London scores with England goalie

Wimbledon’s ultimate barber group Jacks of London has confirmed its premiership status by signing England and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as the face of the brand.

Jack, who holds the record as the youngest ever goalie to play for the senior English national side, said: ‘I’m delighted that Jacks of London asked me to come on board. I love the products and the whole feel of the company, which is all about bringing a fresh, modern approach to traditional barbering and male grooming.’

Sue Whitehead, JoL’s managing director, said: ‘Jack is a great catch for us, a safe pair of hands who represents everything we stand for, taking the JoL message of fresh, masculine, high-performance quality to men everywhere. And, like all our products, he’s also made in Britain. We’re glad to welcome him to the team and look forward to great things working together.’

Jacks of London is the Original Modern Barber, with over twenty years’ success in the male grooming industry. Effortlessly cool, Jacks brings fashion-starved, salon-shy gents a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary styling.

Visit Jacks on Wimbledon Bridge, the destination barbershop for discerning gents in Wimbledon.

Business Continuity Awareness Week

Business Continuity Awareness Week (16-20 May) is an annual global event to raise awareness of the importance of business continuity and resilience. It also highlights risks that are specific to businesses in London and for which they should be prepared, including fires, floods, adverse weather and crime, among many others. The London Prepared website has a wealth of resources to help businesses address these issues and businesses are also encouraged to take the quick, 10 minute online business continuity self assessment.

73% of small businesses do not have a business continuity plan in place

5% of business leaders cited cost as a barrier to implementing business continuity

£57,770 is the average for organisations affected by heavy snow in 2012

84% of business managers agreed having a business continuity plan helped reduce disruption

Please visit the Business Continuity Institute website for more details and to access a variety of online tools to help ensure your business is prepared.

Neptune Furniture opening in Wimbledon

British furniture and homeware brand, Neptune will be opening on The Broadway this summer, in the premises formerly occupied by Gerry’s of Wimbledon.

Neptune offers a range of home and garden furniture and accessories created by their own team of talented craftsmen. Using the finest raw materials and traditional carpentry techniques, their emphasis is on beautiful design at an affordable price.

The new Wimbledon store will be its seventeenth opening and third in the London area with two other locations in Fulham and Chiswick. Neptune’s other sites are spread across the rest of the UK as well as Europe.

Stewart Rolfe, Director of Commercial Agency at Andrew Scott Robertson, comments “Wimbledon
remains a target destination for high end retailers and further demonstrates why Wimbledon continues
to have one of the lowest shop vacancy rates in the country at 1.77% (as at the end of 2015). This
compares to the London average of 6.5% and a national average of 9.1% over the same period.”

New polymer £5 note featuring Winston Churchill

On 2 June the Bank of England will be unveiling the full details, design and security features of a new polymer £5 note, which will be issued in September this year. More polymer notes will follow with a £10 note featuring Jane Austen in 2017, and a £20 note featuring J.M.W. Turner by 2020.

The switch to polymer will deliver banknotes that are more secure and better quality, and will support confidence in banknotes in the years ahead. For more information on the switch to polymer please visit the Bank of England website.

Free app helps you make a difference to your community

Love Wimbledon is asking residents, business owners, Wimbledon Town Centre visitors and people who work here to join our GeoTask Panel which helps us get a bit of information we can then use to improve your town centre and everyone’s Wimbledon experience.

All you have to do is download the FREE GeoTask App and take your mobile phone with you whenever you visit the town centre – whether shopping, eating out or coming to work.

The App will capture your location data anonymously and provide insight into a ‘consumer shopping journey’. This ground-breaking research will help shape and improve the experience offered to shoppers and visitors. Simply download the GeoTask Location Research App, which will run in the background on your smartphone.

The App uses minimal battery life and you will never receive any marketing communications.

Click here for more details on the GeoTask App.