Finalists Announced!  

Now in their 9th year, the Merton Best Business Awards celebrate and recognise the local business community with a range of prestigious awards. In 2021, after a difficult 18 months, the award categories were redesigned to reflect the challenges of the pandemic and showcase how Merton’s businesses had survived, revived and thrived.  

The judging panel, made up of representatives from local businesses, received over 180 applications for award categories including Leader of the Year, Innovative and Creative Technology, Independent Retailer and the Climate Action Award. Members of the public were also invited to join the judging process by voting for their favourite local business hero or hospitality business in Merton.

CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce, Diana Sterck, said: “We were thrilled that so many local businesses applied for this year’s awards, despite the difficult economic climate and the ongoing, day-to-day challenges of running a business in 2021. The judges were blown away by the stories of courage, resilience and kindness that they read, and it was harder than ever to whittle down a shortlist. Every Merton business should feel exceptionally proud of their journey over the past couple of years and we are looking forward to celebrating at our gala awards ceremony next month.”

See the list of finalists for each award category below.

Arts and Culture Award

The Wimbledon Group

Wimbledon BookFest

Best for Innovation and Customer Focus

Finling Associates Ltd

Howell-Jones LLP

Ry Group

XO Chocolate

Breakthrough Charity Award

Dons Local Action Group


Sustainable Merton

Wimbledon Guild

Climate Action Award

Cullens Clearances Ltd

Kartee M Salon


Stephen Young Salon

Entrepreneur of the Year

Bub Quiz

Katja Nuutinen Couture

Swords Travel


Hero in Business

Esente Hair

Eternity Party Express

Hale Hair Boutique

Stephen Young Salon

Hospitality Business of the Year

Lu-Ma Café

Metronome Coffee House

Prince of Wales

Vintage Fish

In the Face of Adversity Award

Cause Communications

Cullens Clearances Ltd

Lu-Ma Cafe

Polka Theatre

Sylvia A Consultancy

The Pilates Clinic and Pilates Education UK

Independent Retailer Award

Caroline Randell Lingerie Boutique


Eternity Party Express Ltd

Swords Travel

Innovative and Creative Technology

Connect: Literacy, Speech and Language Services

Really Helpful Club

Stronger Fitness and Martial arts

White Light

Leader of the Year

Mint Wellbeing

Ry Group

The Pilates Clinic and Pilates Education

Urban Home

Star of the Year

Cut or Dye by Lina

Esente Hair

Lu-Ma Cafe

Mini Athletics Kingston & Wimbledon

Team Spirit Award

Finling Associates Ltd

Merco Medical Staffing

St Raphael's Hospice

Stronger Fitness and Martial Arts

The Extra Mile

Girls into Coding

Howell-Jones LLP

Quality Stitch Wimbledon Ltd.

Vintage Fish

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 1st December at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.