All that glitters

The red carpet was rolled out last week for the seventh Merton Best Business Awards and it was yet again another outstanding night celebrating the top businesses and entrepreneurs in the borough. Held at the prestigious All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, the Merton Best Business Awards saw leading figures from the community dress up in their finest and enjoy a night of entertainment, fizz and fine dining before a glittering awards ceremony presented by Sky broadcaster Laura Woods.

And the winners are . . .

The Merton Best Business Awards celebrates the top local businesses and entrepreneurs, and seeks to reward those who are proving that despite economical hurdles in the current political climate that local is where it is at and that business is still thriving for many.

From those who give exceptional customer service, to the bosses who look after their employees, as well as outstanding women and small companies who are making a difference in the community, there were 16 categories which saw an astounding 150 entries this year.

Huge congratulations to all the finalists who are all flying the flag for Merton businesses and to the winners - who were judged to be the very best in their categories. This year saw 2018’s overall winner RyGas still pick up two gongs for Best Customer Service and Entrepreneur of the Year. Meanwhile, Esente Hair also won two for Best Employer of the Year and The Extra Mile Award.

It was Gina Conway and her team from Gina Conway Salon & Spa, now based in their new home in Elys Urban Beauty, however, who won big on the night - winning a whopping three awards including Best Overall Business.

Gina said of accepting her awards:“I never expected to win overall winner!  Although I have to say I think my business rocks! What we do is really serve the community and serve our team. Everything we do it though love - we call it beauty through love. And we really deserve it! I feel really proud of my team for making this happen because I can’t do without them and so grateful for having the opportunity to be here at the Merton Best Business Awards. We try to make a big difference in the world and make the world a better place. And we do it everyday with our guests. Thank you so much to my team, to our clients and to Merton.

This was also the first time that Merton Chamber of Commerce has organised the whole event in-house, and local businesses have been integral to make the event a celebration to remember.

Diana Sterck, CEO of The Merton Chamber of Commerce said:“The gala awards evening was so exciting and the overall winner was the cream of a fantastic number of high quality applications from across the borough. The winner shone through as a business that places the customer at its core. They say about themselves: ‘We care about people and we show it. We work hard to make people look and feel great.’  Huge congratulations to Gina Conway and her team as well as all the other winners and runners up. Thank you to everyone who applied this year, we are privileged to have such a range of excellent businesses in the borough.”

Full List Of Winners

Looking ahead to 2020!The Merton Best Business Awards may be over for this year - but that doesn’t mean you and your business can’t be recognised in 2020! There are so many excellent reasons why you should enter - not least to give more visibility to your brand and business. Winning a Merton Best Business Award can open doors to so many wonderful opportunities, so take advantage of this exposure and promote your business to new and existing clients.

Amanda Menassa from WSM - the awards headline sponsors says:"WSM Advisors were delighted to once again to Headline sponsor the Merton Best Business Awards, alongside the London Borough of Merton, at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The 2019 MBBA's are the first to be organised by the Merton Chamber of Commerce which provided a sensational evening for all those attending and a fitting showcase for all the finalists selected for awards covering businesses small and large across a wide range of sectors and individual awards to celebrate those from the best apprentice and entrepreneur to the Top Woman in Business.

"These awards are a true example to show that hard work, dedication and belief in your business really does get you recognised, not only in the community but outside as well.

The 2019 awards have set an extremely high standard and we are looking forward to working together with Merton Chamber next year to reach new heights in 2020."

Congratulations to the 2019 Merton Best Business Award WINNERS

So put your business under the spotlight for all the right reasons – and look out for the launch of the Merton Best Business Awards launch early in 2020. We hope to see you next year! #mertonbest