This award will shine a light on how businesses are innovating to tackle climate change. Show us the steps you have taken during the pandemic to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact. How important is it to be a sustainable and green business? What part are you playing in the green recovery and the journey towards becoming carbon neutral?
Sponsored by: London Borough of Merton
To succeed in this category, the customer must sit at the heart of your business. This award will recognise and celebrate businesses that have supported, retained and won new customers during the pandemic. To be successful in this category you will have undoubtedly adapted and innovated to ensure your business came through the pandemic.
Sponsored by: WSM Advisors
Here’s your opportunity to vote for a business in Merton that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic. The winning business will have exceeded customers’ expectations before, during and after the pandemic, providing a service that is consistently outstanding.
Sponsored by: Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants
Vote for a restaurant, café, bar or pub in Merton that has been able to ‘meet your needs’ during the pandemic. Did they create new outdoor space, or make it easy and safe to order? This hospitality business should have implemented changes to meet COVID-19 guidelines and enable them to continue to serve their customers.
Sponsored by: South Thames Colleges Group
This award will recognise and reward a charity for its exceptional work during the pandemic. This is an opportunity to celebrate the charities and community organisations who have reached out to those in need, diversified their service offer and introduced services relevant to the pandemic.
Sponsored by: New Wimbledon Theatre
This award will recognise entrepreneurs who have shown innovation and creativity in the face of adversity and have demonstrated the ability to think and behave differently to the norm. It will reward someone who turned ideas into opportunities and made a significant difference to their business during the pandemic.
Sponsored by: Andrew Scott Robertson
This award will go to a business that can demonstrate how they have survived, revived and thrived against the odds. The impact of the pandemic has been unprecedented, and businesses have had to deal with many challenges – but there have also been new opportunities. We want to see what barriers you faced and how you overcame them.
Sponsored by: Love Wimbledon
This award will showcase businesses that responded to the pandemic with an innovative use of technology, for example through online services, different business models or digitalisation. During the pandemic, the digital marketplace became crowded. What made your business stand out from the crowd?
Sponsored by: Qudo Cloud
This award will recognise someone in your business who has shown guidance and strength to their colleagues during a time of crisis and transformation. We want to hear about their enthusiasm and resourcefulness, and how their efforts made a positive impact to the working environment and culture of your business and its people. Their passion to survive, revive and thrive are to be honoured with this award.
Sponsored by: Reed
This award will recognise businesses that can demonstrate how their people have pulled together to propel the business forward, embodying the essence of teamwork. The team will be a ‘stand out from the crowd’ group of employees that were able to collaborate, communicate and cooperate during the pandemic.
Sponsored by: University of Roehampton
This is a special recognition award for businesses in the Arts and Culture industry, many of which may not have been able to operate during the pandemic. This award is for any business which has been successful in the creative sector – including but not limited to design, marketing, advertising, publishing, media, software and culture.
Sponsored by: Time & Leisure Creative
This award will celebrate businesses that have adapted and responded to the needs of their local community during the pandemic. How did you go the ‘extra mile’ and ‘give something back’ outside your core business activity? Have you created or participated in new initiatives during the pandemic? How did you establish or build on a strong commitment to the local community?
Sponsored by: Merton Giving
This award will showcase some of the best independent retailers that were able to react and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your business may have reacted quickly to survive, revive and thrive, adapted its business model to achieve results or demonstrated excellent product knowledge and great customer service.
Sponsored by: Centre Court Shopping Centre
Congratulations to the winners of the Merton Best Business Awards 2021 and to everyone that made it to the finals. Testament to the resilience and determination of winning businesses in the face of such difficult operating conditions.