Congratulations to all our finalists

We’re all about celebrating life and sharing food, drink and experiences together. We’re here from your morning coffee to those Saturday night Espresso Martinis and everything else in between. Our menus are created with socialising in mind, so you can graze over tapas or sip on those scroll-stopping cocktails to your heart’s content — get ready to live your best life

We are an IFA practice focused on helping improve people’s lives and happiness through better management and use of their finances. The Director, Simon Ben-Nathan, has 20 years advisory experience and has worked with hundreds of families and businesses during that time. Simon formed Arkenstone in 2014 with the aim of building a highly personalised advice service aimed at business owners, senior executives and those in or nearing retirement. The core values of the business are Independence Empathy and Innovation.

We offer sophisticated dining with a trendy atmosphere and a delicious, creative menu. Come and enjoy our private courtyard garden with hubbly bubbly pipes and stunning imported authentic decor. Our event space is available for hosting large social gatherings, organised business functions, wedding receptions and can accommodate most types of events.

We design, landscape and maintain beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces. We design gardens in-house and work with independent designers, creating inspirational, outdoor spaces. The teams are split into hard landscaping, soft landscaping and maintenance. We have an excellent reputation, grown organically from a few small projects to a multitude of landscaping projects, with high-end design expectations.

Blue Junction is a perfect location for enjoying after work drinks with work colleagues and weekends with friends. We offer a fantastic range of drinks. If you fancy a bite to eat we have a light menu of quick snacks or you can choose from our North Indian and Chinese fusion – we call it Indo-Chinese. Our promise: to use fresh, ingredients of uncompromisingly high quality, that will tantalise the palette.

Founded in 2010 by Marjan Moosavi, who is a sport scientist as well as an experienced swimming teacher and coach, Blue Wave Swim School is the place for all parents and local schools, who seek results and professionalism. A place for people who value their time greatly. Marjan was named as one of the top 10 UK swimming bloggers.

We use our unique skills to make the world better. Cause provides ground-breaking, specialist external communications for charities and socially responsible companies. We create and execute attention-grabbing campaigns, social media marketing and PR, using past expertise as journalists across all platforms. We enable charities to tell their stories in the most impactful way possible to enable them to reach end users, fundraisers and policy makers.

CHARLOTTE LOVES was founded after 18 years working in fashion and beauty. The overarching desire to help people to ‘look their best to be at their best’ was at the heart of our strategy. Over the last two years we have grown to encompass Personal Styling and shopping, Wardrobe Edit, blogging, DARLING Magazine editorial, evolving into TV stardom becoming a fashion TV presenter, fashion lecturing, impact coaching seminars on topics like ‘confidence in the workplace’ and ‘dressing for success’.

Coffee in the Wood is an award winning café – and was runner up in the 2018 Most Loved Local Coffee place in London. We are known for being a family-run café-gallery serving our customers chunky cakes, strong brews and the occasional live music.

Cullens Clearances is a family run property clearance and probate specialists. Our main goal is to reuse before recycling, we do this by upcycling old tired furniture and donating reusable  items to good causes and social enterprises. We are specialists in probate from the initial valuation to leaving the property ready for the open market. We are the one stop solution for all your probate and property clearance needs saving our clients time and money.

Established over 100 years ago in Australia, Domestic & General is a leading provider of appliance care in the UK with a growing presence overseas. With over 2,000 employees operating from four locations across the UK we care for over 22 million appliances providing support to 16.3 million people. As well as the UK we operate in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Australia.

Esente Hair is a family-run boutique hair salon based in Wimbledon. We have recently celebrated 18 years at Number 18 Leopold Road. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, making our clients feel welcome and comfortable in our relaxed environment and spa-like hair wash room. Our team works closely together and supports each other in and out of the work environment, making us feel more like a family.

Fayre & Square is a community project that provides free work experience and training to individuals with barriers to employment. This includes physical disability or learning difficulties, mental health, language or confidence issues. Trainees take part in a flexible course in our gift shop in Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon.

Figges Marsh Dental is an independently run dental practice run by sister and brother duo, Ameeka and Rajiv, since 2016. The practice prides itself on delivering exceptional dental care and service to the local community both on the NHS and privately. Although both siblings are involved in the running of the practice, Ameeka has taken the lead in developing this practice with Rajiv supporting her.

A new kind of accounting firm, Finling was born out of an ambition to make scaling a company smoother, less stressful and more rewarding for entrepreneurs and their Finance Directors.

Fitness Space Wimbledon is a results focused boutique gym that always puts our members first. We are with our members from the start of their fitness journey supporting them every step of the way. We also go a step further by building a community of members. Our mantra is Never Train Alone. GANLEY’S IRISH BAR We don’t take anything for granted. We continue to invest in the business constantly to ensure we maintain the highest quality establishment for our customers and friends to enjoy socialising for the years to come.

We are hair and beauty warriors. We are protectors of the environment. We care about people and we show it. We work hard to make people look and feel great. We give love and we listen. We grow smarter and stronger every day. We are a happy tribe committed to being the best. We provoke a spirit that creates an attention to detail that manifests itself in an unparalleled salon experience.

Founded in 1998 is made up of 3 brands - Igluski, Iglucruise and Planet Cruise. We are the UK’s largest independent agent of ski holidays and also now cruises, following our acquisition of Planet Cruise in June 2013. We are incredibly proud of our 400+ staff and between us we’ve skied, cruised and holidayed so broadly that we can offer a genuinely accurate and detailed level of service.

Itsu Wimbledon is part of an Asian-inspired food restaurant chain, with 70 shops nationwide. itsu [meaning ‘whenever’ in Japanese] serves healthy, delicious and affordable food fast. All our food is made on the spot and is ready in a heartbeat – every time. itsu food is a choice to be proud of and we nurture itsu for tomorrow, anxiously mindful of the health and wellbeing of our customers and teams.

We are a Wimbledon based family business with a long history of supporting the local community in various ways. We are primarily an IT support company, but we are also involved in teaching the next generation computing skills to prepare them for the future digital world, working with schools and businesses in South London and beyond to save money using innovative computing practices.

Katja Nuutinen Couture specialises in designing bespoke couture outfits ranging from alluring wedding and special occasion outfits to gorgeous evening gowns, chic tailoring and bespoke accessories. We don’t just make clothes. We make dreams come true. Our aim is to make clients feel fabulous and unique like they never felt before.

Kerryanns hair first opened 18 years ago, with the beauty section opening in the last year. We are a small business serving the community and pride ourselves with excellent customer care and our mission is to help make people look and feel good about themselves. The salon is not just a business it is kerryanns life.

Kew House opened 10 years ago to support older people in Merton who have become socially isolated and lonely or had residential, dementia, and nursing care needs. Kew House currently accommodates 81 residents and offers excellent, personalised care in our three communities. Kew House has a great reputation in the local area.LEWIS & CO We are a Wimbledon based, niche commercial property agency, that specialises in all aspects of office, retail and industrial properties, in Merton. We assist businesses in the local community, providing cost effective property solutions, through the letting and sale of properties; new property searches and acting for tenants.

Liqui Liqui opened three years ago to introduce new Venezuelan flavours to London and especially Merton. We share our passion by creating traditional home cooked food. When you see customers crying after they have eaten our food because it reminds them so much of home then you realise you are doing something right.

Look Fabulous Forever is a beauty brand with a range of makeup and skincare specifically formulated for older women. We started the business in 2013 - at the age of 65 – having become increasingly frustrated by two things. Firstly, I found it difficult to buy makeup that worked now my skin was older, and secondly I felt increasingly ignored by the beauty industry who only seemed to want to talk to me in the language of anti-ageing. So I decided to do something about it!

Lu-ma is a whole food cafe based within the family business of the Justin James Hotel. Founded five years ago by mother and daughter Lucy and Maria – hence Lu-Ma!, we have seen gradual growth into what is now becoming a successful, passionate business.

From humble beginnings in 2002 we’re now a team of almost 45; working with 200+ healthcare services to fulfil their staffing needs. We’re award winning, national framework accredited; follow the NHS Employer Check Standards for our compliance. Through the determination of our staff we have become leading providers to organisations in the primary, secondary and private care sectors. We fully support the NHSI agency rules.

Established in 1984, and now providing pest control, bird control, tree management and ecology services, we have a large customer base mostly consisting of corporate businesses and managing agents. We are keen to develop the ecology side of the business as we believe the future will require all types of businesses to be greener and more ecologically orientated to the environment.

The Mystery Cube landed in 2015... We do not know where it came from... Or why it is here... Do you have the skills to unlock its inner secrets... and escape? With this intriguing call-to-action we have been attracting customers to one of the first and best live escape room games ever to open in London.

We offer an urban chic experience with quality food, amazing cocktails, live music and chic décor that has contrasting USA urban street art elements. The NYEAT combination creates a perfect atmosphere for special occasions.

Peldon Rose has been delivering office design and office refurbishment projects in London for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our talented people and our vibrant culture. We stand for simple and sound values and at the heart of everything we do are our people. They make our business great and every project is built around creating a work/love balance. Honesty, integrity and creativity enable us to create spaces which improve working lives.

Opened in 2005 after the founders travelled to Vietnam and fell in love with the food and decided to serve Pho. 13 years later, Pho is still a family-run business serving great value, healthy Vietnamese street food that is cooked fresh daily.

Polka is one of just a handful of dedicated children’s venues in the UK. Presenting a year-round programme of new work made at Polka, visiting shows, and Creative Learning activities for 0-12 year olds we pioneer developments in children’s theatre, nurture artistic talent, and maintain an international reputation while serving local communities. Creative Learning is central to our mission - our shows are supported by community and schools initiatives currently benefiting 18,000 disadvantaged and disabled children a year.


We are delighted to be in the final for the Merton Best Business Awards once again. We are a Great British pub which shows sports and our food is great value for money, this along with live music three nights a week and an awesome team makes for a great pub!

Established in South West London in 1983, Rainbow Productions is internationally recognised as the global leader in manufacturing custom-made mascots and organising appearances of world-famous cartoon character celebrities. Design, innovation and creativity are at the company’s core. We produce annually over 800 hand-made, costume character mascots for the Licensing, Film, Sports, Brand and Leisure industries and organise the personal appearances of over 1500 licensed children’s characters.

Really Helpful Club is an online and offline community for positive, like-minded people. We share great ideas and recommendations to support and connect our members in their personal and business lives. We also run successful events covering all aspects of life, from mental and physical health and wellbeing, to career and financial advice.

We are a home interiors shop where we make and sell furniture and home accessories that we have up-cycled, designed, made by hand, and restored. We work with reclaimed and antique materials and we offer bespoke manufacture and furniture painting. We are proud to say that we have been embedded in our community for over 50 years.

RyGas is a growing property maintenance company, based in New Malden. With over 30 full time members of staff, along a team of trusted sub-contractors. We carry out planned and reactive works (domestic & commercial) in and around London. Along with these services, we also carry out property developments and currently have 5 full time sites.

We are a small authentic Punjabi Sai serving authentic Punjabi cuisine with tandoor cooking a speciality in the heart of Raynes Park. Where the spice range is broad, and vegetables forming the backbone of the menu. The philosophy of life for many Punjabis is to eat, drink and make merry.

SANTORO is currently celebrating its 35th year. Since owners, Lucio and Meera Santoro founded the business, the company has come a long way. They lead a team to design and create premium gifts, stationery, accessories and award-winning 3-D greeting card ranges from their Wimbledon HO – also home to their Licensing division which was originally established to build the famous Bang on the Door/Groovy Chick brand of the 90s and 00s and now champions a portfolio of artwork properties including licensing phenomenon, GORJUSS.

A dedicated team of exhibition and event professionals who are devoted to designing powerful exhibition experiences. Through our exceptional stand design, great storytelling and the latest interactive tools we will bring brands to life and deliver real results for your brands and audiences. SPS TIMBER WINDOWS LIMITED SPS Timber Windows is recognised as Merton’s most established manufacturer and installer of bespoke, energy-efficient and fully finished timber windows and doors for over 21 years. We are passionate about our products and our customers’ complete satisfaction is our focus.

stem4 is a Wimbledon-based charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention. Through our innovative education programme, pioneering mental health apps, clinically-informed website and mental health conferences that contribute to helping young people and those around them flourish.

We are a specialist martial arts academy based in South Wimbledon teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Kung Fu, Yoga and Wrestling for adults and kids. Owned and managed by Wimbledon raised brothers, we have created a dedicated venue for the local community, with outstanding coaches in a fun and lively environment. We are a small business, but we certainly punch above our weight!

As an independent estate agent, we pride ourselves on having a deeper understanding of the local market. With our blend of experience and expertise we are able to offer a professional service to a wide range of individual and corporate clients. Our slogan, ‘It’s all in the postcode...’ is synonymous with the Wimbledon way of life, markedly striking a balance between tranquillity and a lively community spirit.

Swords Travel was established in June 2016 and has always been focused on the luxury travel sector and has grown significantly. We have worked hard to ensure we are recognised by consumers and suppliers as a key player in the luxury travel sector. Our model is simple, we off er clients top notch knowledge and advice based on our own travel experiences. We back this up with a concierge service from start to finish to ensure we are with our clients every step of the way.

Founded in 1959, Taylor Alden is a London-based PR and marketing agency specialising in business-to-consumer and business-to-business communications within the home, leisure, building and industrial sectors. We work closely with clients and listen to their needs to deliver bespoke marketing strategies which deliver results.

The Alexandra is a beautiful Victorian pub that’s been at the heart of this community since it was built in 1876. We are proud to be a community pub and have welcomed thousands upon thousands of people from all walks of life through our doors. Many have become loyal regulars adopting us as their local pub, a place to socialise, celebrate, commiserate and be together through the hard times as well as all the wonderfully good times.

We serve freshly prepared, irresistible food all day, every day. Grab a drink, get comfy and let us do the rest.

Packed to the rafters with character, and more than a hint of mischief, The Old Frizzle on The Broadway, begs to be discovered. Perfect sports viewing, live music, delicious roasts, recovery brunches, and the infamous Sunday Frizzle Quizzle makes it the perfect spot for enjoying the company of good friends in a charming setting.

The Sing Space enables exciting singing coaching, performing and participatory experiences for everyone from children to adults, amateurs to professionals. Founded by West End performer and coach, Rachel Lynes, we bring top industry professionals to you so you can learn from the people who have dedicated their lives to the music business. Ever growing, we are here to bring as much music as possible into your lives!

With three offices, two in Merton Abbey Mills, The Supply Room is a London Education Recruitment Agency for Teachers, Support Staff  and Early Years Practitioners. We pride ourselves in recruiting excellent staff and matching them with quality schools and nurseries throughout London. We believe we can provide unbeatable levels of advice, care and service to our teachers and support staff.

TWM Solicitors is a leading South East law fi rm with offices across Surrey and London, and is recommended in the current editions of both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK. TWM traces its roots back to 1799, its current form back to 2000, and in recent years, a number of other firms have come into the TWM fold, attracted by being part of a larger practice built on a sound and well-established footing.

We are a strategy consultancy, with a focus on gender diversity and inclusion. We help design and implement D&I strategy that delivers real change. The future looks very different from today and we believe that, investing in people today will help you survive and thrive as a business tomorrow. We raise awareness, deliver training and uncover hidden obstacles to creating an inclusive workplace.

Our salon is a stylish haven of calm and tranquillity in the rush and stress of everyday city living just a few steps from South Wimbledon Tube Station. Welter Brovine HairDesigners is a brand with care and loyalty as its foundation. Our aim is to deliver a unique and personal experience that will leave every client feeling refreshed and re-invigorated and execute at the highest level of customer service excellence.

White Light is the complete technical solution specialist offering a range of services including lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging to events of all sizes across the UK, Europe and worldwide. Founded in 1971, we started life in London’s West End, providing lighting technology on several shows that would become international successes. Whilst we still work in theatre, we have diversified significantly in recent years and now work in a range of markets including corporate events, broadcast, leisure, education, retail and worship.

We ‘provide people in Merton with help and support in times of need’. Our services include reducing social isolation and loneliness; helping people who are experiencing difficulties and enabling older people to be active and healthy. Last year we worked with over 2,000 Merton residents through lively clubs and classes help the over 50s get the most out of life. Our Home Food Cafe welcomes over 30 older diners each weekday and our Talking Therapies support people experiencing mental health difficulties.

With over 75 fitness classes a week, a 120-gym station and leisure and teaching pools, we are a modern health and fitness centre. We share the UKActive vision for more people, more active, more often whilst offering a high quality service at affordable prices. With the community at the heart of the centre, partnerships have been created in the last year with Dementia Action Alliance, Cardio Rehab, Age UK and Wimbledon Guild ensuring health and wellbeing accessibility to all.

Wimbledon Village Stables’ vision is to provide the highest quality riding and riding instruction in the country (if not the world!). The emphasis is on doing what we do to the very best of our ability and this includes treating our horses, clients, staff , suppliers and neighbours with the utmost respect, courtesy and honesty

Trying to go waste-free in 21st century London is still a daily challenge, but we are convinced it doesn’t have to be. With our zero waste shop, Zéro, we want to make it easy for everyone to embark on the Zero Waste journey. Our shop opened its doors in March and offers a simple alternative to excessive single-use packaging consumption and is an alternative to supermarkets.