Top 5 reasons why you should enter

1. Maximise visibility of your brand
Winning a Merton Best Business Award can open doors to a host of wonderful opportunities, so take advantage of this exposure and promote your business to new and existing clients.  Your business will be in the spotlight for all the right reasons and might generate significant publicity across local and national press and social media, and with the awards process running across a number of months, you have a constant source of traffic to your website and social pages. We all like to do business with people that we trust, winning an award or being a finalist serves as a credible endorsement for your organisation and your brand.

2. Get social and use those networking skills
The Merton Best Business Awards gala event in September usually comprises a drinks reception, dinner, the awards presentations themselves and post-awards ‘mingling’. We also host a number of events in the run up to the ceremony…all great opportunities to get sociable and work on your networking skills with leaders in the community. The awards attract similar businesses and are an excellent opportunity to network and forge new relationships, so take plenty of business cards! If you’re a winner, use the limelight constructively and spread the word about your company. There won’t be many better chances to expand your network than these awards.

3. Boost staff morale and attract new talent
These awards are a fantastic way to recognise the hard work of your employees. Even if you’re not shortlisted or don't quite clinch a trophy on the night, just entering will go some way to letting your employees know you value their work, which can be a huge confidence boost. And if you do manage to make the shortlist, or win an award on the night, employee motivation and happiness will reach unprecedented levels. After all, since when has dressing up in your glad rags, a slap-up three-course meal, and a great night out not improved staff morale?

4. Stand out from the competition
Awards are a fantastic way of bench marking your business against others. By carefully selecting the category you can create a niche to make you stand out from your competitors. Whether you’re going the extra mile, offering the best customer service or working with an outstanding apprentice, show how you are making a difference and ensure there is something that makes your customers pick you over other businesses in your sector. Winning a business award will differentiate you from your competitors, and can provide a real competitive advantage when seeking or retaining customers, or speaking to suppliers.

5. Celebrate company successes and analyse your projects and model
The Merton Best Business Awards can be valuable if you treat them as an opportunity for self-reflection, focusing on your achievements and analysing current projects and your business plan. Even if you don’t win, it opens doors for people to ask why – and to look at ways of improving practices based on competitor performance. Winning an award will add value to the work being done in your business and is a great indication you’re moving in the right direction. If you don’t win…use the experience to consider what you could be doing better and identify how to do this.

Whether your business is new or long-standing there are award opportunities for all. Details of the various awards can be found here. If you don’t have time to enter your business, why not go for one of the public vote categories?

Entry Rules

We’re delighted you want to participate in the 2019 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.

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.