Entry Rules

We’re delighted you want to participate in the Merton Best Business Awards.
Below are the ‘terms and conditions’ which you will need to adhere to if you are applying for an award.

  • The competition is open to ALL SMEs based in Merton, or those who have significant business operations within Merton, and who commenced trading prior to January 2017. The one exception to this is Best New Business which is open to all SMEs who commenced trading after January 2017
  • All categories are open to businesses employing under 250 people, except for Best Apprentice of the Year, Top Woman of the Year and Best Large Business which are open to businesses of all sizes
  • You may enter up to two  categories plus, if you are nominated, entry into any or all of the public vote categories
  • You do not have to be a member of the Merton Chamber of Commerce to enter
  • For the purpose of these Awards an SME is a sole trader or a business that employs up to 250 people 
  • Sponsors cannot enter any category, or be nominated for a public vote
  • The comments made on your application form, and any supporting evidence, should be accurate to the best of your knowledge 
  • The judges’ panel will be made up of representatives from each of the sponsors 
  • Each entry will be seen by at least three judges 
  • The judges’ decision is final 
  • By entering these awards you agree to our Award partners and sponsors having access to your contact details
  • By submitting an application, you give permission to the category sponsor, or judges, making contact with you 
  • By entering the awards you agree to participate in publicity for the awards including the use of any images taken
  • Supporting marketing material and evidence is welcome 
  • We reserve the right to withdraw any category, should it not receive sufficient entries
  • If you are chosen as a finalist you will be required to attend the Gala Night Awards Ceremony which will take place on the evening of Thursday 26 September 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

As with any fair competition, if you don’t comply with these terms, we have the right to disqualify you or declare your entry ineligible so it’s important to take note of these.

Why You Should Enter

Whether you are just starting out or firmly established, the benefits of winning an award extend far beyond picking up a trophy in your glad rags. Still not sure if you should enter? Take a look at our 5 top reasons why you should.

Sponsors and Partners

The Merton Best Business Awards would not be possible without the support of our fabulous sponsors and partners.  Meet the businesses making this happen.