Sponsors

WSM Business Advisory

Headline Sponsor

WSM is a top 100 UK accounting practice delivering professional services in its specialist fields. The firm is primarily driven by its UK taxation services which are provided to clients who are looking for an advisor with knowledge to navigate the UK’s complex tax systems, combined with integrity to deliver the optimum tax outcome. 

At our core is an experienced team of professionals who provide expertise and advice on UK tax to private and corporate clients from local, national and international locations.

In the current climate of anti-avoidance the teams at WSM believe strongly in the taxpayer’s ethical right to arrange their financial affairs, within the law, to minimise their tax liability. Alongside our taxation services the firm offers accounting, audit, insolvency, due diligence and consulting services. Through our European network, Europe Fides, we also assist clients who need complex, often multi-jurisdictional, advice in developing their broader strategies.

London Borough of Merton

Headline Sponsor

Merton Council is proud to be a headline sponsor for the seventh year and is an integral partner in the Merton Best Business Awards. As a borough, we pride ourselves on being business-friendly and creating an environment which allows business to thrive, prosper and create jobs. The calibre of entrants grows as each year passes with increasing numbers putting themselves forward. 

 London is a world class city, but here in Merton, we are lucky to be the home of tennis which puts SW19 and Wimbledon on the map and makes us a globally recognised and prestigious brand. Grasping those business opportunities is essential, but also ensuring that we adapt to a rapidly changing environment which will be key to retaining and attracting new businesses to the borough. 

But we also recognise your work – and the considerable contribution you make to Merton by bringing jobs to the borough and support for the local economy.  We have many great businesses and you make a major contribution to our economic success. 

Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants

Platinum Sponsor:

Hartley Fowler are dedicated to providing a professional service to meet your business needs. We see our role primarily as business and taxation advisers, as well as chartered accountants. Our partners are supported by a dedicated team of experienced professional staff, all of whom benefit from a continuous programme of structured training.

The firm has the capacity to offer the breadth of experience and professionalism required to meet the needs of a larger corporate finance client yet at the same time offer the personal care and commitment of the smaller partnership.

Hartley Fowler has five partners, three directors and some sixty employees, located in Wimbledon, Horsham and Brighton.

South Thames Colleges Group

Platinum Sponsor

South Thames College, Merton College, Carshalton College and Kingston College merged on the 1st August 2017 forming the South Thames Colleges Group. Joining together allows us to continue to build on their successful reputations, bringing together the strengths of all the colleges, enhancing opportunities for current and future students and safeguarding the provision of further education to businesses. Merton College is home to the highly regarded Hospitality and Catering Academy.

All our colleges offer Apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of industries e.g. Electrical, Construction, Health Care Sciences and Childcare. This has led to some amazing employment opportunities for our adults and young people. Through our business centre we work in unison with industry to develop programs to meet their needs and enhance their workforce.

New Wimbledon Theatre

Platinum Sponsor

New Wimbledon Theatre has been Grade II listedand is a beautiful masterpiece that has stood in Merton, London for over acentury. The theatre is ripe with history and has hosted some of the biggestplays, musicals and performances from around the world. With an immense seatingcapacity, this is one of the premiere venues in London, and has a rich historyof pantomime, opening on Boxing Day 1910 with Jack and Jill, and continuinginto 2020 with ShaneRichie in Dick Whittington.The theatre presents some of the best shows in the world. There are 1,670seats spread across all three of the floors inside of the venue. Thereis also a studio theatre hosting the best in fringe, new writing, comedyand music in an intimate setting from 62 to 100. 

Centre Court Shopping

Platinum Sponsor

Centre Court Shopping Centre is based at the heart of Wimbledon town centre and boasts over 60 stores and 700 car parking spaces. 

The centre has a superb mix of top high-street brands and boutique stores including M&S Simply Food, Lakeland, Pandora, Smiggle, Monsoon, Debenhams, Oliver Bonas and many more! 

With McDonalds, 601 Queens Road and Costa we also have the perfect areas to relax and refuel whilst out shopping the town.

Andrew Scott Robertson

Gold sponsor

Andrew Scott Robertson is a market-leading firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, whose practice has operated from Wimbledon for over 40 years. 

For the past 8 years, Andrew Scott Robertson have been proud to sponsor the Merton Best Business Awards, showcasing the best of the business community across the borough.

We have been involved at the heart of the community, bringing many new businesses into the borough and advising established firms on their expansion and relocation plans. 

REED

Gold sponsor

REED is the world's largest family-run recruitment company. We work with more than 10,000 client organisations to find high-calibre candidates, across 20 specialist sectors. This year in May, we will celebrate our 60th birthday and the start of our 7th decade at the forefront of the recruitment sector. Our founder, Sir Alec Reed, is still involved with the business alongside his son, James Reed, who joined in 1992 becoming Chief Executive in 1997 and Chairman in 2004. The REED Foundation was established in 1988 which owns a share of the REED Group of companies meaning that 18% of REED profits are used for good causes. In 2004 REED launched The Big Give, a non-profit, charitable website which has now raised over £130 million for good causes. REED is a people business. In recognition of this, the REED Group achieved both Best Places to Work status and a Top CEO accolade on Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards for 2019 and 2020 - making REED the highest ranked Recruitment organisation on Glassdoor UK.

Love Wimbledon

Gold sponsor

Love Wimbledon was set up by local businesses in 2012 as a Business Improvement District (BID) – a business-led, not for profit organisation representing, serving and working to improve Wimbledon Town Centre.

Our vision is for Wimbledon to be a popular, safe, interesting and better place for business, visitors and residents. 

Love Wimbledon BID achieves this objective by delivering engaging events and place making, providing inspiring businesses services and support, developing leading marketing and promotion and working to ensure a brighter future for Wimbledon.

Morrisons Solicitors

Gold sponsor

Morrisons is a leading firm of solicitors with offices in Surrey and South West London, serving a wide range of businesses and private individuals.

We combine the depth of knowledge, capabilities and resources of a large firm with the approach ability of a local practice. We are clear, direct and straightforward in our approach, and relentless in our pursuit of the best solutions for our clients.

Our values are the qualities and attributes that drive our actions and help us to be successful for our clients and our firm.

They are a toolkit of attitudes and qualities that inform our behaviour and enable us to achieve our goals. They are what we believe is truly important and useful, and what we model in our work and in our relationships with clients, colleagues and the community.

University of Roehampton

Gold sponsor

The University of Roehampton has been firmly rooted in the community of south west London for more than 175 years. 9,000 students on campus and many more online take programmes of study and research in business, education, law, digital and creative disciplines, psychology and health, and humanities.

As a major employer in the region, we understand the value of collaborating with business. From providing student and graduate talent, collaborating to provide business solutions, or research expertise, we can put you in direct contact with experts who can help you meet your business objectives.

We also have a fantastic range of venues to hire and competitively priced hotel rooms for you or your customers’ needs. The University campus is situated on beautiful parkland close to Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond borders.

Qudo

Gold sponsor

Qudo, a trading style of DRD Communications, has been supplying business communication solutions for over 35 years and has both national and international clients. We believe in automation and innovation and to that end we have a development team of 100+ adding and enhancing services to keep pace with a changing world. Qudo believes the business world is changing and that we can help our customers make the most of these changes. The two most valuable assets in your business are your staff and your customers, so put simply - our aim must always be to make the customers happy and the staff both happy and efficient! We believe that the right technology can support these objectives but, with so much choice, businesses fear investing in solutions that don't fit and don't deliver. We have therefore created a 'True Cloud' model that shifts the risk from our customers' shoulders to ours. Through 30 day term agreements and the experience of our account managers, we help business owners and their teams identify apps and services that help refine processes, improve the customer experience, remove missed sales opportunities and deliver flexibility, all with increased levels of management, reporting and control. Measurement is management and our Uboss customer portal not only enables the product and contract flexibility needed to remove service adoption risk, it gives managers the tools needed to embrace workplace changes which in turn delivers happier, healthier and more productive teams. We are a partner for today and all the tomorrows.

Award Partners

Time & Leisure Creative

Media Partner

The creative team of designers, content writers, social media specialists, photographers and digital experts will integrate with your business to fully understand your brand and create content, campaigns and marketing material that will elevate your message clearly to your target audience.

Wimbledon Business Studio

Print Sponsor

Wimbledon Business Studio pride ourselves on our efficient and friendly approach to business and offer a full bespoke print and design management service, taking the strain away from dealing with many service providers.

Clownfish Events

Audio Visual Sponsor

The events company that didn’t just survive the pandemic, but came back stronger! The much-loved events and production business are delighted to be partnering with Merton Best Business Awards this year, running live audio, cameras, stage and lighting on the night. With an unprecedented level of 100% five-star customer reviews, a client list to die-for and a stellar team of bend-over-backwards people; this is the leading (and local) company to use for your next events, whatever you’re planning.

Events and Key Dates

This section will re-open when we have the schedule of events and key dates for the 2021 Awards.

2019 Highlights

The red carpet was rolled out for the seventh Merton Best Business Awards and it was yet again another outstanding night celebrating the top businesses and entrepreneurs in the borough.