Wimbledon town centre ideas competition launches

Enter this inspiring competition

Merton Council and Love Wimbledon have launched  an ideas competition in collaboration with the Design Council and NLA (New London Architecture)  to ignite debate about how Wimbledon town centre could evolve and prosper over the next 15 years.

A-listers in the design and architectural world, including Alison Brooks, Wayne Hemmingway, Paul Finch and Morag Myerscough will be judging the entries this autumn.

Who can enter?

We want to hear ideas from community groups, residents young and old, built environment specialists and businesses in the borough. There are two categories Rising Stars and Creative communities both with £2,000 prize money.

What’s the brief?

What could Wimbledon town centre look like, what amenities it should have and what type of buildings and public spaces could be developed in the future. You can go to  www.futurewimbledon.co.uk for more details.

The council is encouraging people who wish to take part in the competition to submit their ideas in whichever format they prefer. Poems, songs and abstract sketches are just as welcome as scale plans or 3D animations.

What about the local community?

For Future Wimbledonians a schools competition is also planned for later in the year. (Details to be announced soon)

Key Dates:

Entry deadline 15 September 5pm

Judging w/c 22 September

Winners announced at Design Talk, part of Wimbledon Bookfest , October 8th

Shortlisted entries will be showcased:

On the futureWimbledon website in October

At the Building Centre, Store Street in London from October 9 – Nov 7

In Wimbledon Town Centre (dates TBC)

All the information about the competition and judging criteria can be found on the Future Wimbledon website.

Or contact future.merton@merton.gov.uk



Wimbledon Happy Video joins Global Trend

Tennis Fever makes Wimbledon get HAPPY


Wimbledon is the latest destination to join the global trend, creating their own version of Pharrell Williams Happy video. 


Local students on behalf of Love Wimbledon have captured the sentiments of the two weeks of Tennis  with over 26 businesses  and nearly 100 people participating  in Wimbledon Town Centres  version of Pharrell Williams: Happy.


After two weeks of unforgettable tennis; where shoppers, office and retail staff as well as local residents, sat captivated on The Piazza in all weathers at Wimbledon Big  Screen Tennis, this and the best  movers  from  the Town Centre  have made the Wimbledon version of Happy.


The stars of the show, who dance along to the music of Happy,  include local Vicar Revd.  Andrew Wakefield supported by his dog Mr Darcy dancing down the aisle, the South West trains team working on the façade clean of the station, a guinea pig ‘getting down to the beat’  from local pet shop Creature Company,  staff and friends at Centre Court’s Partica shop hiding behind Shrek masks,  bar tenders from Suburban putting Tom Cruises’ character in Cocktail into the shadows by shaking not stirring and The Priory School, Wimbledon year 4 pupils  getting into the beat.


Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon BID Manager enthused ‘The video shows so much that is great about Wimbledon, the people and the place. We hope you have as much fun and enjoyment watching it as those who took part in making it. ‘


To watch the video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YZRLF2bWBQ&feature=youtu.be


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.


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 www.mertonbestbusiness.co.uk

For further details, call David Tooley 07760 230238

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 James@ridelondon.co.uk 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 customers@thefirstmile.co.uk.



Independents Day Competition

Want to improve your business performance and be more competitive?

Enter the Independents’ Day competition – sponsored by Mondelēz International – and win our exclusive prize.

This prize draw is exclusively open to managers and owners of convenience stores, newsagents and out-of-home operators (this includes restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, caterers, contract caterers) in the UK. Deadline for entry is 4th July.

Each winner will receive a FREE place on the Digital High Street Skills programme Module 1: Understand your Customer and Digital Marketing, including workbooks and downloadable business tools.

The module covers the important basics of marketing right through to online channels and will: • Help the winners understand the importance of knowing your customer and their lifetime value • Give the winners the tools to develop a clear digital strategy which will build customer loyalty • Help the winners understand different digital marketing channels and how to use them successfully

By the end of the session the winners will be able to articulate what their marketing and digital strategies are, develop a marketing plan and understand how to benefit from a marketing planner.

The prize is for one place (out of 30 available). The training session will take place in one or two locations (Birmingham, Maple Cross, Manchester and Sheffield).  The training location will be confirmed after the competition closes and will depend on availability and the location of the selected winners. Winners must be willing to travel to the stated locations and will need to cover their own travel costs to and from the training venue.

For more information about the Digital High Street Skills training programme please visit: www.digitalhighstreetskills.co.uk

To enter the Independents’ Day competition please visit http://bit.ly/id2014comp

Find out more

Independents’ Day is organised by People 1st, the leading skills and workforce development charity for employers in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries. Now in its fourth year, the campaign was launched for the first time in 2011 and previously run by the National Skills Academy for Retail.


Celebrate your Success – Apply to Win

‘Wimbledon Business of the Year!’

Enter your business in the Merton Chamber of Commerce  2014 Best Business awards to be Wimbledon Business of the Year.
To apply for this award your business must be located within the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement area, you do not have to be a BID levy payer to apply.
This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in their area of business as well as sound management practices. You must be able to demonstrate sustainable growth and a degree of commercial success.
All you need to do is download and fill out the application form on the Merton Best Business Website or contact the Love Wimbledon team on 020 8619 2012 / info@lovewimbledon.org

Open to SMEs with 250 or less employees.


Prudential Ride London

There will be a large number of road closures in West London and Surrey and you may be affected by congestion and increased journey times because of road closures in the areas around the route. The road closures can also result in displaced traffic that makes other parts of London busier than usual. The route has also changed slightly around Kingston. Information, advice and maps will be available online at http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/ and http://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/prudential-ridelondon

Transport for London (TfL) will be working with London Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP) to keep you informed about any impact on the road network.  LSCP will be working on behalf of TfL to engage directly with businesses and freight operators to provide advice on planning ahead and considering your options.

Exemplary Low Carbon Initiative Offices Open

In March 2014 Mansel House, an outdated 1960’s office block, reopened as a state of the art, green workspace.  The UK headquarters of software businesses Statpro, international software developers and Winshuttle moved to the exemplary building in Wimbledon Town Centre.

The objectives were simple, to refurbish and remodel an outdated building creating relevant and contemporary green offices.  This included draft proofing with high performance insulation, passive ventilation, water harvesting and collection,  maximising natural light and the use of healthy materials as well as working with the current occupiers to minimise their  emissions. The quality of architecture provides an exciting addition to Wimbledon Town Centre. The developers were Stanhope and Threadneedle, major players in the industry.

Read more about office space in Wimbledon Town Centre