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.

Wimbledon Wins at Food and Culture Awards 2018

Great success for Wimbledon venues in Time & Leisure’s Food and Culture Awards 2018

14 Wimbledon businesses were shortlisted as finalists in these prestigious awards, celebrating the finest local and independent food and drink businesses across South West London and North Surrey.


Now in it’s eighth year since launching, this year the awards have grown to include culture which is apt as Time & Leisure started 21 years ago as the ‘Arts in Wimbledon Magazine’.


Love Wimbledon extends hearty congratulations to all our outstanding venues and businesses who made the shortlist 2018, they claimed 7 Commended, 4 Highly Commended and 2 Winners titles with achievements including:


Best Coffee & Tea House

Commended: Bliss Coffee


Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre

Winner: The Alexandra

Highly Commended: San Lorenzo

Commended: Diba, Elys Restaurant, Wagamama


Best Pub

Commended: The Alexandra


Best Family Friendly Restaurant

Winner: San Lorenzo


Family Attraction of the Year

Highly Commended: Polka Theatre


Most Innovative Arts Project

Commended: Bobblehat Wimbledon Live Advent Calendar


Performing Arts Venue of the Year

Highly Commended: New Wimbledon Theatre


The Tony Kane Cultural Experience of the Year

Highly Commended: New Wimbledon Theatre






For the full list of all awards winners, please visit Time & Leisure.