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Merton Best Business Awards: Applications Open

The Merton Best Business Awards have officially launched with new award categories celebrating the business heroes of the pandemic.

The 2021 Merton Best Business Awards launched yesterday at Wimbledon BookFest, as Merton’s business owners gathered to reflect on their experiences of the past 18 months.

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce and the organiser of the MBBAs, announced a new set of award categories that will shine a light on the organisations, teams and individuals who have survived, revived and thrived against the unique challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Newly created awards include:

  • ‘Team Spirit’: to recognise how people have pulled together to propel their business forward;
  • ‘Leader of the Year’ and ‘Star of the Year’: to recognise those who showed guidance, strength and leadership to their colleagues despite difficult circumstances
  • ‘Arts & Culture’ award: for organisations in the creative arts industry, many of which were unable to operate for many months
  • ‘Best for Innovation and Customer Focus’: for businesses that have put their customers first throughout
  • ‘Retail Award’: for independent retailers who were able to react and adapt to survive

Members of the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite hospitality business, but this year they will also be asked to nominate their Local Business Hero – a business that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic, despite the circumstances.

Love Wimbledon will be sponsoring the ‘In The Face of Adversity’ award category.

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce, said:

“These new award categories will demonstrate the incredible resourcefulness and resilience of Merton’s businesses in the face of unprecedented challenge. Applying for an MBBA is the ideal way to show the world just how proud you are of your company and your team, and we encourage everyone to take part so that we can celebrate together. I can’t wait to hear the stories of how Merton’s businesses have survived, revived and thrived this year.”

Applications are open now and we encourage businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre to apply here before the application deadline on 29th October.

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