Merton Best Business Award Winners

What a great night for Love Wimbledon businesses at the Merton Best Business Awards!

We were delighted that 20 businesses from the town centre were finalists and were proud to celebrate with them.  Six businesses then went on to be awarded runners up and eleven were winners in their category including the overall winner of the Merton Best Business Awards.

Best New Business

Winner – The Orchard Day Nursery


Apprentice of the Year

Winner – Finling


Best Enterprising Business

Winner – Harnham Group


Best in Creative Sector

Runner Up – Wimbledon International Music Festival


Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre

Winner – Eligo Recruitment 

Runner Up – Fayre and Square


Employer of the Year

Winner – Harnham Group


The Extra Mile

Winner – Retail IT


Best Business Under 50 Employees

Runner Up – GEM and Co Financial Services


Team Development

Runner Up – Eligo Recruitment


Healthy Workplace

Winner – Peldon Rose Group


Best Customer Service

Winner – Quality Stitch

Runners Up – Holistic Fitness Studios


Restaurant of the Year

Winner – Lu-Ma Cafe


Pub of the Year

Winner – The Old Frizzle

Runner Up – Prince of Wales


Overall Winner – The Orchard Day Nursery


Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of Love Wimbledon said “We are really very proud to be a gold sponsor of these annual awards for the fifth year, giving businesses the possibility of becoming award winners and shine in our local community. It also affords us the opportunity to shout out and be proud of our Wimbledon businesses and the wonderful breadth and variety of the companies in the town”.

For the full list of all category runners up and winners at this years Merton Best Business Awards click here.

Wimbledon Facts & Figures Quiz

In September we held our first stakeholder update since our new term began. We presented what we are doing and Wimbledon businesses, residents and visitors fired questions at us. You can find all you need to know highlighted in our very digestible Annual Report.

Check out some of our Wimbledon facts and figures in the quiz we had on the night. ANSWERS BELOW (don’t peek)

  1. How many national/international HQs offices are there in Wimbledon?
  2. What percentage of Merton’s businesses are based in Wimbledon?
  3. What percentage of Merton’s jobs are based in Wimbledon?
  4. What is the busiest hour of the week for Footfall in the town?
  5. How many new businesses did we welcome to Wimbledon between April 2016 – March 2017?
  6.  How many bike racks are there in the town?
  7. How many trees are there in the town?
  8. How many people go through our train station every year?
  9. Average age of Wimbledon residents?
  10. What percentage of residents are born outside the UK?
  11. Last but not least – how tall was our fabulous Christmas tree on the station forecourt last year?


  1. 30
  2. 60%
  3. 40%
  4. 1pm weekdays (13:00)
  5. 15
  6. 255
  7. 136
  8. 13.5 million
  9. 36
  10. 35%
  11. 25 feet

stem4 shortlisted for two national awards

stem4 shortlisted in Children and Young People Now Awards 2017 and at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017.

stem 4 is a finalist in the ‘Mental and Wellbeing Award’ category at the Children and Young People Now Awards and in the ‘Improving Access and Outcomes in Education’ category at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017.

Dr Krause CEO, Founder of stem4, said:

We are very proud to have reached the finals of both the Children and Young People Now Awards 2017 and the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017.  It is a tremendous boost for the whole team to be acknowledged for the work we do and confirms the importance of supporting children and young people’s mental health in schools.

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, building resilience and signposting early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction as well as working with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools. The stem4 free Calm Harm app helps teenagers manage the urge to self-harm.

The National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017 will be presented on 12 October at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. Winners of the Children and Young People Now Awards 2017 will be announced on 22 November at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel London.

Visit stem4 to learn more about its work with teenagers and young people.

Award success as Jacks of London confirmed UK’s top barber

Wimbledon barber, Jacks of London wins Male Grooming Salon of the Year at prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards

Official barber to the Aegon Tennis Tournament and personal male grooming specialist to scores of the UK’s top sports people, Jacks of London has built a formidable business reputation over the past 23 years. It’s a major contributor to the booming barbering industry that feeds into the £7 billion UK grooming market. Few newcomers have been able to match the service provided at Jacks, which has over the years grown ever stronger through experience and investment in the skill of its team.

Hairdressers Journal’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, called Jacks of London’s win ‘truly well-deserved’.

Male grooming is enjoying a real boom period, but that means it can be harder than ever to stand out and be noticed. For businesses to do well and prove their point of difference, they have to be a cut above. A truly well-deserved win for Jacks of London, who are consistently expanding, innovating and moving the male grooming industry forward.

The energy that drives Jacks, located on Wimbledon Bridge, comes from its prime focus on clients, providing an extensive range of services in addition to brilliant barbering, plus seven-day, extended opening hours, so its highly trained barbers are on hand whenever it suits clients.

Jacks of London founder and MD Sue Whitehead, said:

This is an amazing win for our team, who work so hard to be the best they can. Our clients always come first, and that constantly drives us all to innovate, to lead in trends and technique, to mix the traditional with the new and deliver it all in a truly man-friendly space.

Wimbledon wins at Food & Drink!

Great success for Wimbledon venues in Time & Leisure’s Food & Drink Awards 2017.

Fifteen Wimbledon businesses were shortlisted as finalists in these prestigious awards, celebrating the finest local and independent eating and drinking venues and suppliers across south west London and north Surrey.

Love Wimbledon extends hearty congratulations to all our outstanding venues – such fantastic and well-deserved achievements!

Best Cocktail Venue
Winner: The Pod Bar
Commended: Suburban Bar & Lounge

Best Service
Highly Commended: The Alexandra

Best Pub
Highly Commended: The Alexandra

Best Takeaway & Delivery
Commended: Aya Lebanese Cuisine

Best Eating Experience
Winner: Sticks ‘n’ Sushi
Highly Commended: LusoBrazil
Commended: Bliss Coffee, San Lorenzo, The Alexandra

Local Restaurant of the Year
Highly Commended: San Lorenzo

Please visit Time & Leisure for the full list of all award winners. To partner the 2018 awards or get involved please email or call 020 8545 6777.

Santander’s fortnight of fundraising for four charities

From 4-16 September, Santander is raising money for four charities.

Santander Wimbledon has a host of activities lined up as part of Santander’s Charity Fortnight, raising money for Age UK, Barnados, Jigsaw4U and The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund: Grenfell Tower Fire.

Santander Wimbledon will be hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday 13 September and three members of staff, including the Brand Manager will be taking part in a sponsored walk around London on Sunday 17 September. Throughout the fortnight they will also be filling a coin tube: donate £3 or more to the tube to be in with a chance of winning a meal for two at Diba on The Broadway.

Santander Wimbledon is at 3-5 Queen’s Road, SW19 8NG.

Close Brothers Retail Finance launches CBRF2020

Close Brothers Retail Finance has launched CBRF2020, a challenge to fundraise £20,000 for local charity, Jigsaw4u, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Close Brothers RF is aiming to achieve this target by 20 September and is working with other Wimbledon businesses to host a variety of fundraising events, including a quiz night at The Terrace, annual CBRF Bake Off competition and various activities with Nuffield Health including Barre Concept and Bodyjam classes open to everyone, not just Nuffield members.

Love Wimbledon’s Events & Marketing Manager, Katie has also shown our support for this amazing initiative by joining the CBRF team in the Thames Path Challenge.

To celebrate and wrap up this colossal effort, completed at such an incredible pace CBRF will be hosting a special evening event in the heart of London on 20 September at City Hall, which includes a silent auction as the final element in this mammoth fundraising challenge.

Jigsaw4U is a local charity helping children and young people across SW London and Surrey who have been affected by complex social and emotional issues, including bereavement, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

If you are a retailer or partner of Close Brothers and are interested in any of the activities, simply get in touch with your CBRF contact or message Michael Rudman via LinkedIn.