This year’s Merton Business Awards saw more entries than ever before, with winners announced at a special gala event hosted at the All England Lawn Tennis Club last week.
Businesses from across the borough were recognised for their achievements – with 26 of the 43 finalists having received support through the Merton Business Support Service (MBSS). The MBSS is funded by Merton Council and run by the Merton Chamber of Commerce. It helps businesses grow and increase employment opportunity in the borough. It is a business advisory service providing practical advice to help established businesses and start-ups to develop and expand. Services include a business helpdesk which is manned five days per week, one-to-one consultation, referrals to a network of some of London’s leading private sector business advisers and consultants, an online business library as well as growth grants of up to £1,500. MBSS staff also provide advice on business planning employment, expanding overseas and help finding premises.
In the two years since the MBSS began, more than 1,100 businesses have called the helpdesk, 170 new businesses have started, nearly 400 new jobs have been created, more than £75,000 in finance raised and more than 100 high-growth businesses have received support.
Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Business is the backbone to the local economy and we are committed to supporting our local businesses in whatever way we can. We are so rich in small businesses across the borough and it was wonderful to see so many represented at the awards ceremony. It is a great partnership we have with Merton Chamber of Commerce, which really benefits the borough, making it a great place to do business.”
The award for the overall winner for 2015 was presented to the owners of Crown Lane Studios in Morden, John and Ruth Merriman. The best businesses for each of the town centres were as follows:
- Best Business in Colliers Wood: the Sound Lounge
- Best Business in Mitcham: Carers Support Merton
- Best Business in Morden: Aqua Physio Ltd
- Best Business in Raynes Park: Tennison Property
- Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre: The Justin James Hotel
Chief Executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce, Diana Sterck said: “These awards showcase the very best businesses in Merton. It was wonderful have a record number of nominations this year and to see nearly 250 guests at the awards ceremony.”
For all the winning businesses: Merton Business Awards 2015