It's Official

Wednesday night saw the launch of the 2019 Merton Best Business Awards - which celebrates excellence, innovation and best practice within the borough.  A whole host of guests gathered to hear from past winners, including Ryan O’Sullivan and Sarah Quartermaine from RyGas Ltd who won Overall Merton Best Business and Best Service Excellence, as well as award judges, local businesses and proud sponsors of the programme.

Headline sponsors WSM Business Advisory are once again supporting the Awards. “Merton is chock-full of surprising businesses and talented people finding opportunities in the most unlikely of places and the enterprise and skill to develop them,” says WSM’s Amanda Menassa. “It is WSM’s pleasure to be the headline sponsor of this amazing pool of talent for the seventh consecutive year. The Merton Best Business Awards remains the premier showcase in London providing the opportunity for these businesses and the individuals to show off their talents and allowing us all to celebrate their achievements”.

What are the categories?
There are several new categories in the Merton Best Business Awards this year including Best Large Business for those with over 100 employees and a Top Woman in Business Award. Overall, there are 16 categories including three public votes and two special awards. Entry is free – for a full list of the categories and information on how to enter go to

Guide to entering…If you’re thinking of entering the Merton Best Business Awards 2019, Simon Marsh, Partner at WSM has some helpful tips to really make you and your business stand out from the crowd…

What’s in it for you?
Know what you hope to get from entering the awards – apart from winning!

Awards are a brilliant way to market to existing and potential customers, to raise the profile of the business with the benefits from the promotion and networking opportunities that brings as well as being a great way for your staff to see how good the business really is… and, of course, for all the finalists there is a great night of celebration at the All England Club - home of world champions!

Who are your shining stars?
You know your business has achieved great things and could enter any one of the many awards categories.

However, within every organisation there are shining stars which provide a great basis for entering the awards. So find those brilliant examples which make your business achievements really shine.

Prove it
To make it to the shortlist you not only have to tell the story but also provide the evidence of your achievements. This can be quantitative – numbers never lie – or qualitative – testimonials from your biggest and best customers not only support your entry but remind your customers how good you are and they will be pleased to have been asked.

Bring your story to life
It remains true that a picture paints a thousand words, and photos can also help your entry stand out and describe the story of your achievements. To be really impactful photos must be memorable, interesting and above all, relevant.

Be honest
The judges will be able to spot embellishments in a story - so be truthful!