Wimbledon Station fundraising for stem4

Wimbledon Station will be holding a staff raffle this summer to raise money for local charity, stem4.

Duty Station Manager, Jim O’Brien is appealing to local businesses for donations to use as prizes, for example:

  • gifts
  • vouchers
  • afternoon tea for two
  • hampers

If your business would like to help by donating prizes, please email jimo’brien@swtrains.co.uk

HMV Curzon available for private hire

Unique Wimbledon Town Centre venue with spacious bar and three screening rooms with modern digital and 3D projection facilities and sound systems.

Located on The Broadway, Wimbledon, hmvcurzon has three state of the art screening rooms available for private hire: the Red Screen has 103 seats, the Blue Screen has 91 seats and the Green Screen, 71 seats. All feature modern digital and 3D projection facilities courtesy of BARCO projectors and Munroe Acoustics sound systems, while the bright and airy bar has a capacity of 85.

The venue benefits from easy transport links, being serviced by tube, rail and bus, and staff are experienced in providing services for a broad range of functions including:

  • private screenings
  • corporate presentations
  • parties
  • product launches
  • networking and business events
  • student show reels
  • cast and crew screenings

For more details, including rates please email privatehireswimbledon@curzon.com

Get ready for tennis!

Get your tennis decorations ready – The Championships are coming, and they’re a week later than usual this year which gives you even more time to prepare your tennis displays!

Town Link Radio partnership success

Quick co-operation and close communication via Town Link Radio between town centre retailers, the police and CCTV recently led to the arrest of two shoplifters in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Towards the end of March, River Island in Centre Court Shopping circulated via Love Wimbledon’s Town Link Radio descriptions of two shop lifters who had just left the store. Merton Council CCTV Control room responded, also via Town Link Radio, circulating descriptions and whereabouts of the suspects to the Police dispatch channel. Having been swiftly alerted, the Police managed to apprehend two shop lifters as they left another town centre retailer, TK Maxx with additional stolen items. Both suspects were arrested and all stolen property was recovered.

Speedy and continuous communication between the shops, CCTV and the Police via Town Link Radio played a crucial role in this successful result, and demonstrates the value of this system to Wimbledon Town Centre businesses.

For more information about Love Wimbledon’s Town Link Radio please email info@lovewimbledon.org or visit our website to read more about what we’re doing to improve Wimbledon Town Centre.


National awards success for BID businesses

Wimbledon businesses recognised in a variety of industry awards

Several Wimbledon Town Centre businesses have recently earnt recognition as winners and finalists in a number of national industry awards.

Centre Court Shopping recently won the Revo Purple Apple Award for tactical marketing communications for their “highly focused” ‘Mothers Hall of Fame‘ campaign. Teenage mental health charity, stem4 was a finalist at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017, for its Calm Harm smartphone app that helps children and young people manage their urge to self-harm. Eligo Recruitment was shortlisted as Best Small Recruitment Agency in the prestigious Recruiter Awards which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in May. And Wimbledon’s Jacks of London was recently shortlisted for seven awards, including Shortlist magazine’s Grooming Awards, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy, Hair magazine’s Cut Awards and the American Crew All Star Challenge, which seeks out the hottest male looks for 2017.

Get your business recognised too!

DON’T MISS the deadline for entering the Merton Best Business Awards – applications must be in be 16 June. It is quick, simple and easy to enter online and there are 13 categories to choose from. These awards offer a fantastic opportunity for you to step back and assess your business, shout about the great work you’re doing, benefit from strong marketing and publicity, and earn recognition in the local community. And the awards ceremony for all finalists is a great night as a reward for all your hard work: Epsom Racecourse, Wednesday 27 September.

And the deadline for entering Time & Leisure’s Food & Drink Awards is 19 July. Now in their seventh year, the FADAs are firmly established as one of the most important annual events for the food and drink industry in south London and North Surrey, celebrating the high quality and diversity of local restaurants, pubs, cafés and retailers. These are all ‘people’s choice’ awards, which ensure the winners are chosen independently by the public. Voting is already underway, so the sooner you enter, the more votes you can get!


stem4 among finalists at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017

Love Wimbledon BID charity, stem4 was shortlisted at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017 which, for the third year have highlighted the most pressing current developments and invited the health tech community to say how their innovations were best placed to tackle them.

Founded by AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, the exhibition and awards showcased design in the emerging field of digital healthcare and sought to understand how technology can give you more control of your health and wellbeing.

stem4 Calm Harm is a smartphone app developed by Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Nihara Krause to help children and young people manage their urge to self-harm by providing tasks that help resist or manage the urge. The four categories of tasks target the main reasons why people self-harm:

  1. ‘Distract’ helps combat the urge by learning self-control
  2. ‘Comfort’ helps to care rather than harm
  3. ‘Express yourself’ helps to get feelings out in a different way
  4. ‘Release’ provides safe alternatives to self-injury

There is also a ‘Breathe’ category to enable mindful breathing.

Calm Harm was featured alongside other finalists for the AXA Health Tech & You Awards in a recent pop-up exhibition at the Design Museum.

stem4 is a Wimbledon BID based charity aimed at improving the early identification of commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers, covering eating disorders, depression and anxiety, self-harm and addiction. stem4 educates through conferences for students, school leaders, school nurses and GPs, video material that can be used in PHSE lessons and through a comprehensive website which provides evidence based information. The stem4 ‘calm harm’ app provides strategies for managing self-harm and is a free download from Apple store and Google play. To contact stem4 regarding conferences, please email conference@stem4.org.uk

Centre Court Shopping wins national award for tactical marketing

Centre Court Shopping Centre scooped the Revo Purple Apple Award for their Tactical Marketing campaign, Mothers Hall of Fame.

The innovative campaign was a celebration of Merton Mums, bringing life to the Lower Mall for two weeks in March last year. The marketing created an interactive Mothers Hall of Fame display engaging shoppers who could walk through and choose the Mother to whom they could relate most. Upon entry shoppers received tailored gift guides and exclusive offers relating to the specific personal interests of the Mother they had chosen. The campaign partnered with key local network, Mumsnet Merton.

Suzy Wood, Centre Director commented, “It was fantastic to win a full Purple Apple award this year, the campaign was fun and engaging, and allowed us to work with some of our key local shoppers. It is also great that it enabled Wimbledon to be recognised as a prominent retail destination.”


Opportunities for businesses at Wimbledon Guild Village Fair

Wimbledon Guild, the social welfare charity behind the hugely successful Wimbledon Guild Village Fair which attracts more than 35,000 visitors each year, is inviting local businesses to get involved with their biggest summer fundraiser.

The Wimbledon BID charity would like to attract new partners to support the event which this year takes place on Wimbledon Common on Saturday June 17. The Wimbledon Guild Village Fair is one of South London’s largest free outdoor events, growing each year to attract hundreds of local businesses and is a must-go-to event for local families.

And with local volunteers at the heart of making the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair the success it is, businesses are also being encouraged to consider volunteering, whether as a team or as individuals.

Chief Executive Wendy Pridmore explained that the charity provides practical, emotional and social support for people in crisis throughout the London Borough of Merton, explained: “We have a number of opportunities for businesses to get involved with the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair this year. The event plays a significant role in our community and grows each year making it a fabulous summer social event for local families and businesses.

“We’d love to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming part of our fair to get in touch with us. Businesses can offer support or become involved in so many different ways, and we can tailor involvement to each company, from advertising in our programme to match funding or corporate sponsorship of an event or activity.

“And of course we would welcome corporate volunteers, who can help out with various activities and roles on 17 June, to make this a special occasion for everyone.”

Businesses interested in getting involved with this year’s Village Fair should contact Barbara Ruivo at Wimbledon Guild on by emailing bruivo@wimbledonguild.co.uk or calling 020 8739 2920.

This year’s event once again has something for everyone. Following its huge success last year, the thrilling Knights of Middle England medieval jousting tournament returns to the Main Arena for the second successive year. In addition there will be a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy, from the children’s and adventure villages, packed with attractions such as bouncy castles, a climbing wall and petting farm, to a full programme of music and other events.

There will be two fantastic food villages offering mouth-watering traditional British and international cuisine and the Farmers’ Market will feature hand-selected products such as meats and cheeses from the best local producers around.

The extensive shopping village will have more than 200 stalls featuring treasures ranging from hand-crafted jewellery and designer clothing to colourful hats, homewares and plants. Visitors also have the chance to win top prizes in the Grand Raffle.

This fun-filled free-to-enter day for all ages raises funds in aid of the Wimbledon Guild. The social welfare charity helps local people lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental wellbeing.

Wendy added: “Making the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair the huge success it has become is a pleasure but we do rely on the local community to help us make it what it is. Whether it is from supporting our fundraising activities to volunteering and helping on the day, the Village Fair is for everyone so we’re asking local businesses to consider joining in the fun with us this summer.”

Jacks on a roll with lucky seven nominations

The dapper chaps at Wimbledon’s Jacks of London barbers are in seventh Heaven after hitting the shortlist in seven awards over the space of just one week.

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s top male grooming brands, the prize-winning barber store is used to receiving accolades for its outstanding barbering performance, but even so, the crew at Jacks Wimbledon Bridge premises were elated to have so many nods come in at once.

‘It’s fantastic to get seven nominations in such a short time. We are well chuffed,’ said Jacks’ Master Barber in Wimbledon, Holly Rodgers. ‘We constantly push ourselves to be the best we can, pitting our skills against others in our craft. It’s a solid way to ensure the crew is always working at its best, and that our clients get the best cut and care they can at our store. To be singled out as one of a handful of other barbers across the UK worthy of an award shows we are doing it right.’

The Jacks Crew has made the finals of ShortList magazine’s Grooming Awards for Best New Men’s Styling product, plus it has two teams in the regional finals of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy and is in the running for three separate prizes in the Cut awards, run by Hair magazine, the UK’s top grooming title. The guys also got through to American Crew All Star Challenge, a competition run by the cool US-based brand to search out the hottest male looks for 2017.

‘Being good enough to enter awards takes determination, vision and discipline,’ added Holly, who is one of the finlaists in the L’Oréal competition. ‘It’s not just about our egos, it’s the ultimate way to keep our skills sharp, our crew ahead of the competition and our clients 100% satisfied.’

Formed in 1995, Jacks of London is the original modern barber, famed for its faultless and contemporary take on the full range of classic men’s styling techniques.

Over those two decades it has built a solid reputation among fashion-savvy guys everywhere, specialising in giving clients the full male grooming experience, with complimentary bar, live sports and big, comfy, man-friendly leather sofas in all its barber stores. The experience extends to Jacks’ exclusive The True Gent range of shampoos, conditioners and styling products, all with the fresh, overtly masculine tang of citrus and pomegranate.

This year Jacks is set to cement its position as a leading creative force in the male grooming world with the opening of a training academy which will educate barbers from across the world in its unique brand of hair cutting and styling techniques.

Wimbledon bursts into summer colour

We love flower beds in Wimbledon!

Love Wimbledon aims to add a natural, bee friendly mix of plants to the flower beds we manage in Wimbledon Town Centre and many of you will have seen the beautiful seasonal plants providing bursts of colour throughout the year.

If you work near St George’s Road you’ll see our newly planted blue salvia about to come to life, dotted with white geraniums and topiaried with a box hedging.

PLEASE BE AWARE that box tree caterpillar is currently destroying hedges in the Wimbledon area.

If your business is responsible for plants in Wimbledon Town Centre, please get your buxus sprayed as soon as possible to stem this infestation. Box caterpillars were named by the Royal Horticultural Society as the “top pest” last year and will decimate swathes of box hedging if left unchecked.