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Merton Best Business Award-Winners 2021

After a one-year break, over 200 local business people gathered yesterday evening, 1st December, for the Merton Best Business Awards (MBBA) at the prestigious All England Tennis Club.

The MBBAs were redesigned for 2021 to recognise the challenges faced by businesses during the pandemic. A range of new categories and an easier application process attracted the highest ever number of applications in the Awards’ nine-year history – testament to the resilience and determination of Merton’s businesses in the face of such difficult operating conditions.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon, said:

‘It was a brilliant evening and great to see businesses recognised for their resilience and celebrating together in person after a tough couple of years.’

 

Lu-Ma Café

Love Wimbledon BID business, Lu-Ma Café, scored a hat trick, coming away with category awards for ‘Star of the Year’ and ‘In the Face of Adversity’, and were crowned Overall Winner while Wimbledon Bookfest took home the ‘Arts & Culture’ award.

Wimbledon Bookfest

The Polka Theatre, The Wimbledon Group and Finling Associates Ltd were runners up for the ‘In the Face of Adversity’, ‘Arts & Culture’ and ‘Best Innovation and Customer Focus’ awards respectively.

A full list of winners and runners-up can be found on the Merton Best website here.

Love Wimbledon were proud to be gold sponsors of this event and sponsored the ‘In the Face of Adversity Award’, recognising business resilience over the last 18 months.

Merton Best Business Awards 2019: Celebrating Success

Photo of MBBA winners 2018

Thursday 26 September at the All England Lawn Tennis Club

The Merton Best Business Awards showcase the diversity and range of what Merton businesses have to offer. The annual awards, organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce feature several new categories including Positive Workplace sponsored by Love Wimbledon. Whether small or large, high street or office, the Awards celebrate the best of the best in the borough.

This year we have an incredible 24 BID businesses as finalists across a range of industries from those in the Creative Sector to Enterprising Business, the positive impact of businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre continues to excel.

Three charities were shortlisted in categories including Culture, Top Woman in Business and Employer of the Year. Wimbledon Town Centre also has professional service businesses shortlisted in the Best Apprentice, Best New Business, Best Service Excellence and Positive Workplace categories.

Wimbledon eateries and pubs, from the independent and healthy eating concept of Lu- Ma to national brands such as Itsu, are all making an impact.

Whether for service or experience, Wimbledon continues to be a place of choice to work, to run a business or to visit. We wish all finalists the very best of luck and look forward to many Wimbledon businesses celebrating on Thursday evening.

 

Merton Best Business Awards: 2019 Finalists

 

Best Apprentice of the Year

TWM Solicitors 
White Light Ltd

Best Customer Service

Coffee in the Wood
Esente Hair
Kerryanns Beauty
Prince of Wales
RyGas Ltd
Welter Brovine Hairdesigners

Best Employer of the Year

Esente Hair
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
SW19 Estate Agents Ltd

Best Enterprising Business

Arkenstone Wealth Management
Belderbos Landscapes
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
Finling Associates Limited 
RyGas Ltd
stem4  

Best in the Creative Sector

Belderbos Landscapes
Katja Nuutinen Couture
Polka Theatre 
Rainbow Productions Ltd
Room Remedies
SANTORO 
Taylor Alden 
The Sing Space

Best Large Business

Domestic & General 
Iglu.com 
itsu

Best Medium Business

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa
Merco Medical Staffing
SANTORO

Best New Business

Zéro
Cause Communications
Fitness Space Wimbledon 
Lewis & Co
The Supply Room

Best Pub of the Year

All Bar One 
Ganley’s Irish Bar
Prince of Wales 
The Alexandra 
The Hand & Racquet
The Old Frizzle

Best Restaurant of the Year

Aya Cuisine
Blue Junction
Lu-Ma Cafe 
NYEAT
Pho 
Sai Restaurant

Best Service Excellence

Figges Marsh Dental
Finling Associates Limited 
Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa 
SPS Timber Windows Limited
Swords Travel
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa 
Wimbledon Village Stables

Best Small Business

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Liqui Liqui
Mystery Cube
Stronger Fitness and Martial Arts
Swords Travel
Voice At The Table

Entrepreneur of the Year

Blue Wave Swim School
Really Helpful Club
RyGas Ltd

Positive Workplace

Lu-Ma Cafe 
Microbee Ltd
Peldon Rose 
Skyline Whitespace

The Extra Mile

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Esente Hair
Izzytea Ltd
Kew House Care Home
Really Helpful Club
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Village Stables

Top Woman in Business

Ameeka – Figges Marsh Dental
Marjan Moosavi – Blue Wave Swim School
Charlotte Broadbent – Charlotte Loves
Tricia Cusden – Look Fabulous Forever 
Julie Greenwood – Merco Medical Staffing Ltd
Dr Nihara Krause – stem4
Wendy Pridmore – Wimbledon Guild

 

Merton Best Business Awards Announce 2019 Finalists

See the 2018 BID Business Finalists

stem4 wins Digital Innovation of the Year

 

Mental health charity, stem4 has won the Digital Innovation of the Year award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards for Calm Harm, a free app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm. 

The Third Sector Awards champion innovative and impactful campaigns and the Digital Innovation Award recognises a charity or social enterprise that is pushing the boundaries of digital technology to reach supporters, donors, or beneficiaries.

According to NHS Digital, 12 per cent of children between the ages of five and 19 present with self-harm. Dr Nihara Krause, a consultant clinical psychologist and expert in self-harm, created the Calm Harm app using ideas from evidence-based therapy Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. The app uses a range of targeted five or 15-minute activities to help alter thoughts, emotions and behaviours, supporting young people to “ride the wave” of emotion they experience. The activities come under four headings: Distract, Comfort, Express Yourself and Release, while a breathing technique helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety. The app also helps users start to understand the underlying trigger factors, allows them to track their progress and signposts them to further help.

The app has been downloaded more than 927,000 times in about 171 countries, with 590,499 people using it more than once. 93% of users have reported a reduction in the urge to self-harm after completing an activity.

On receiving the Award Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CEO and founder of stem4 said:

This award recognises the important work stem4 do in providing evidence based mental health apps which are clinician led but developed co-collaboratively with young people and data driven for effectiveness.  We are pleased to be able to offer young people an effective form of symptoms management and signpost them to help. We are very appreciative, especially as a small charity, that the work we do is recognised and celebrated by the Third Sector Awards.

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early  intervention. stem4focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction.

stem4works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences programme and their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

For more details please visit stem4.

 

 

 

 

Merton Best Business Announce 2019 Finalists

Photo of MBBA winners 2018

With a record number of entries to this years Merton Best Business Awards, we are delighted to announce so many of our BID and town centre businesses have been named finalists. This year saw new categories launched for large businesses in the borough to enter and we’re thrilled to see our BID businesses represented here.

The judges were once again impressed with the calibre of entries and the competition was certainly tough. Many congratulations to all our businesses, we wish you the very best of luck and we look forward to celebrating with you when the winners are announced at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 26 September at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets are now available.

 

Best Apprentice of the Year

TWM Solicitors 
White Light Ltd

 

Best Customer Service

Coffee in the Wood
Esente Hair
Kerryanns Beauty
Prince of Wales
RyGas Ltd
Welter Brovine Hairdesigners

 

Best Employer of the Year

Esente Hair
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
SW19 Estate Agents Ltd

 

Best Enterprising Business

Arkenstone Wealth Management
Belderbos Landscapes
Fayre & Square Wimbledon 
Finling Associates Limited 
RyGas Ltd
stem4  

 

Best in the Creative Sector

Belderbos Landscapes
Katja Nuutinen Couture
Polka Theatre 
Rainbow Productions Ltd
Room Remedies
SANTORO 
Taylor Alden 
The Sing Space

 

Best Large Business

Domestic & General 
Iglu.com 
itsu

 

Best Medium Business

Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa
Merco Medical Staffing
SANTORO

 

Best New Business

Zéro
Cause Communications
Fitness Space Wimbledon 
Lewis & Co
The Supply Room

 

Best Pub of the Year

All Bar One 
Ganley’s Irish Bar
Prince of Wales 
The Alexandra 
The Hand & Racquet
The Old Frizzle

 

Best Restaurant of the Year

Aya Cuisine
Blue Junction
Lu-Ma Cafe 
NYEAT
Pho 
Sai Restaurant

 

Best Service Excellence

Figges Marsh Dental
Finling Associates Limited 
Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa 
SPS Timber Windows Limited
Swords Travel
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa 
Wimbledon Village Stables

 

Best Small Business

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Liqui Liqui
Mystery Cube
Stronger Fitness and Martial Arts
Swords Travel
Voice At The Table

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Blue Wave Swim School
Really Helpful Club
RyGas Ltd

 

Positive Workplace

Lu-Ma Cafe 
Microbee Ltd
Peldon Rose 
Skyline Whitespace

 

The Extra Mile

Cullens Clearances Ltd
Esente Hair
Izzytea Ltd
Kew House Care Home
Really Helpful Club
The Alexandra 
Wimbledon Village Stables

 

Top Woman in Business

Ameeka – Figges Marsh Dental
Marjan Moosavi – Blue Wave Swim School
Charlotte Broadbent – Charlotte Loves
Tricia Cusden – Look Fabulous Forever 
Julie Greenwood – Merco Medical Staffing Ltd
Dr Nihara Krause – stem4
Wendy Pridmore – Wimbledon Guild

 

Merton Best Business Awards Announce 2019 Finalists

See the 2018 BID Business Finalists

Merton Best Business Awards 2019 – Open for Entries

The 13th March saw the launch of the 2019 Merton Best Business Awards – which celebrates excellence, innovation and best practice within the borough.  A whole host of guests gathered to hear from past winners, including Ryan O’Sullivan and Sarah Quartermaine from RyGas Ltd who won Overall Merton Best Business and Best Service Excellence, as well as award judges, local businesses and proud sponsors of the programme.

Headline sponsors WSM Business Advisory are once again supporting the Awards. “Merton is chock-full of surprising businesses and talented people finding opportunities in the most unlikely of places and the enterprise and skill to develop them,” says WSM’s Amanda Menassa. “It is WSM’s pleasure to be the headline sponsor of this amazing pool of talent for the seventh consecutive year. The Merton Best Business Awards remains the premier showcase in London providing the opportunity for these businesses and the individuals to show off their talents and allowing us all to celebrate their achievements”.

 

What are the categories?
There are several new categories in the Merton Best Business Awards this year including Best Large Business for those with over 100 employees and a Top Woman in Business Award. Overall, there are 16 categories including three public votes and two special awards. Entry is FREE. See the full category list.

Love Wimbledon will once again be sponsoring a category and this year we’re proud to lead with the new Positive Workplace Award for businesses in the borough going above and beyond to ensure their employees experience a culture that provides a workplace that supports wellbeing and the environment. Find out more.

Public Vote Categories include: Best Customer Service | Best Restaurant of the Year | Best Pub of the Year so if these apply to your business then please share the links with your customers and make sure they vote for you.

Diana Sterk, CEO Merton Chamber of Commerce with Helen Clark Bell, CEO Love Wimbledon

Guide to entering…If you’re thinking of entering the Merton Best Business Awards 2019, Simon Marsh, Partner at WSM has some helpful tips to really make you and your business stand out from the crowd…

What’s in it for you?

Know what you hope to get from entering the awards – apart from winning!

Awards are a brilliant way to market to existing and potential customers, to raise the profile of the business with the benefits from the promotion and networking opportunities that brings as well as being a great way for your staff to see how good the business really is… and, of course, for all the finalists there is a great night of celebration at the All England Club – home of world champions!

Who are your shining stars?
You know your business has achieved great things and could enter any one of the many awards categories.

However, within every organisation there are shining stars which provide a great basis for entering the awards. So find those brilliant examples which make your business achievements really shine.

Prove it
To make it to the shortlist you not only have to tell the story but also provide the evidence of your achievements. This can be quantitative – numbers never lie – or qualitative – testimonials from your biggest and best customers not only support your entry but remind your customers how good you are and they will be pleased to have been asked.

Bring your story to life
It remains true that a picture paints a thousand words, and photos can also help your entry stand out and describe the story of your achievements. To be really impactful photos must be memorable, interesting and above all, relevant.

Be honest
The judges will be able to spot embellishments in a story – so be truthful!

For information on how to enter go to www.mertonbestbusiness.co.uk