Sponsors

WSM Partners

Headline Sponsor: 
Best Enterprising Business and Overall Merton Best Business Award

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: 
Best Medium Business and Entrepreneur of the Year

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:
Best Small Business

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 six partners and some fifty employees, located in Wimbledon, Horsham and Brighton.

South Thames Colleges Group

Platinum Sponsor:
Best Apprentice of the Year

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.

Andrew Scott Robertson

Gold sponsor:
Best Employer of the Year

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 6 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. 

Centre Court Shopping Centre

Gold sponsor:
Best Customer Service (public vote)

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.

Love Wimbledon

Gold sponsor:
Positive Workplace

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.

Geeks

Gold sponsor:
Top Woman in Business

Geeks is a software development company based in Morden. Our mission is to accelerate business innovation via smart software development. 

With over 400 complex projects delivered in the past 11 years, we are proud to be part of our client's story in making the lives of millions of people better by creating smart software applications. 

As winners of many national and international awards, including the Queens Awards for Enterprise in Innovation, we are excited to be a sponsor at the Merton Best Businesses Awards. 

Morrisons Solicitors

Gold sponsor:
Best New Business

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.

New Wimbledon Theatre

Gold sponsor:
Best Large Business

The New Wimbledon Theatre has been Grade II listed and is a beautiful masterpiece that has stood in Merton, London for over a century. The theatre is ripe with history and has hosted some of the biggest plays, musicals and performances from around the world. With an immense seating capacity, this is one of the premiere venues in London, and his a rich history of pantomime, opening on Boxing Day 1910 with Jack and Jill, and continuing into 2019 with Cinderella.

The theatre produces some of the best shows in the world. There are currently 1,670 seats spread across all three of the floors inside of the venue.

There is also a studio theatre hosting the best in fringe, new writing,  comedy and music in an intimate setting from 62 to 100. Rich with history and luxury, guests from all around the world flock to the famed theatre every year. Celebrities and royalty have laughed and watched shows at the theatre and now you can too.

Qudo

Gold sponsor:
Best Service Excellence

We believe we have the smartest cloud PBX solution in the country but we also have a development team of 80 people working hard every day to make it even smarter, based on our design ideas and our customers’ requests. 

At the core is a Broadsoft hosted PBX soft switch but we are delivering so much more! Our Uboss portal makes everything seem simple but we are as happy to supply a complex multi-site call centre as we are a couple of office telephones with a hunt group. You only buy what you need but our mission is to never constrain you; be as smart, flexible and modern as you want to be!

We want to help our clients work smart, deliver a great customer experience and get the most out of their staff. We aim to deliver simple VoIP solutions where simple is needed but to add ‘smart stuff’ wherever it is needed to make work easier!

Award Partners

Time and Leisure

Media Partner

Time & Leisure is the premier local lifestyle magazine, delivered monthly to affluent homes in South West London and Surrey. Our team is passionate about delivering exceptional local editorial and advertising that generates a great response.

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.

Events and Key Dates

Join us in the run up to the big award celebrations as we host a number of special events for you and your colleagues. We also share key dates such as, entry deadline and when finalists are announced.

Entry Rules

Please read our entry rules to ensure you apply for the right category for your business. You will also need to adhere to a few things that we have outlined for you.