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January 2016


I hope you ended 2015 on a high - we certainly did at our annual Christmas lunch, with over 100 businesses enjoying a meal and networking at the fabulous San Lorenzo restaurant.

You also raised over £780 for local charity - MertonVision, so thank you to all those who gave raffle prizes and bought tickets.

The start of a New Year is always a refreshing time - one when, following a break, we might regroup, think more clearly and have new ambitions for our businesses. As you know, as your local Chamber of Commerce, we are here to help and support you every step of the way, so please take advantage of the services we offer to help develop and grow your business.

January 8th sees the end of the first consultation on Crossrail 2. Thank you to all of you who have responded to our survey and joined our LinkedIn group. We have responded on behalf of businesses and will keep you in touch with any news as it comes though prior to the next consultation later in the year.


Upcoming Events

Our new 2016 programme of events are geared up to helping you develop and grow your business through better marketing, communications, opportunities for developing your people and making valuable contacts.

Thinking of Starting a Business, Business Basic - as part of The Merton Business Support Service - 14th January

Obtain expert, practical advice including legal structures, finance and business planning. This workshop is for those who are beginning the journey of starting a new business.

Digital Marketing - 21st January

Learn how to plan, design and develop your  website to convert prospects into customers and build customer loyalty.


Stress Awareness Workshop - 26th January
Reduce stress, to achieve business success.  Our workshop for managing workplace stress will support you and your team to engage more and perform better.


Ready to Fly - as part of the Merton Business Support Service - 28th January

Over the course of this six week programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop your business plan. Participants will only be accepted subject to application suitability.

Key Future Events

Take advantage of our Early Bird Offers and receive a 15% discount when you book selected workshops more than a month in advance.  Check out the events on our website for the promo code.

Raynes Park Business Breakfast - 9th February
Network and share your views with other local businesses. Merton Council and the local police will be in attendance. Hear of any plans for the development of Raynes Park and have the opportunity to talk about issues affecting local businesses.

Growing your business with Google - 24th February
Understand how Google can help you raise your business profile and boost your sales.


Love to Lunch at Chimichanga's - 25th February

Join us for our first joint networking lunch of the year with Love Wimbledon at Chimichanga's restaurant in Wimbledon. Network with like minded businesses whilst enjoying some fabulous Tex-Mex cuisine.


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AFC Wimbledon return to Merton!

After 3.5 hours of detailed debate, Merton Council’s Planning Committee have approved AFC Wimbledon’s return to Merton with the build of a new multi use stadium on the Plough Lane greyhound stadium site!

Andrew Wakefield, Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce attended the committee meeting, held in public, and spoke in support of the application. He said “Merton Chamber of Commerce gives their wholehearted support to the application. This is based on a number of factors including the benefits increased footfall will bring to spend in the borough’s businesses, a conference facility that can be used in a similar way to the one at Twickenham Rugby stadium, the contribution that AFC already make to the Merton community that can only be strengthened by their return and a good overall business case.”


Leopold Road Street Party Raises Money for Local School

In December, local businesses and residents attending Leopold Road's Street party and it was a huge success! A grand total of £2,370.88 was raised for
Perseid School in Morden for children with severe learning disabilities.

The school says - "This money makes such a difference to us. It means that we are able to buy highly specialist playground equipment for our Lower School playground. It is fabulous to know that we have such great support for our school in the local community, and our long standing link with Leopold Road Traders Association is very important to us."


Wimbledon Foundation brings festive cheer to children’s ward

The Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, donated Wimbledon merchandise to the children’s ward at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.


Representatives from the Foundation visited the hospital in December to deliver presents for those children who had to stay in hospital over the Christmas period.


Justine-Louise Makin, the Lead Play Specialist at St George’s said, "We would like to say a huge thank you to the Wimbledon Foundation for donating some lovely t-shirts and stationery for all our children and young people. Being in hospital is always a difficult time especially at Christmas and this donation really helped to put a smile on our patient's faces." Read their full press release here.


Merton Chamber Christmas Lunch

Raises Money for Local Charity, MertonVision

Merton Chamber of Commerce appreciate how important it is to give back at Christmas time. As part of our annual Christmas Lunch event held at San Lorenzo Fuoriporta in Wimbledon, which took place on Wednesday 16th December, money was raised for our chosen charity of this year MertonVision, a local charity celebrating its 50th Anniversary! They provide services, information, training and support to blind and partially sighted adults and children living in Merton.

MertonVision help people come to terms with their loss, and give them the skills to stay independent and live life to the full. Our guests were treated to a delicious Christmas lunch followed by the raffle with a range of wonderful prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

Over 90 guests gave generously as more than £780 was raised in aid of MertonVision through the donation of raffle prizes by businesses across the borough. Click here to read our full press release.

 Customer First Accreditation
 Awarded to Merton Chamber of Commerce

Putting the customer first is in the heart of all that we do here at Merton Chamber and for over ten years we have put ourselves forward to be assessed by Customer First to make sure we are complying to all areas of the Customer First Standard. We are pleased to say that we have once again been awarded with this accreditation!

Our assessor said: “The Merton Chamber of Commerce is working as one team to ensure that improvements are made to the delivery of its services and meet the needs of each of its clients. The organisation is very aware of the importance of its long-term viability. Flexibility and a ‘can-do’ attitude are solidly embedded into the work the organisation does for the benefit of customers, having a positive impact on the community and the success of the organisation.” 


If you are also interested in putting your company forward for this accreditation visit

Siobhain McDonagh visits Generator Business Centre

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh paid a visit to the Generator Business Centre in December to see how much the centre had grown since Merton Chamber took over the management in January 2010. Along with Diana Sterck, Merton Chamber CEO and staff from the Generator, tenants such as Rhodium Consulting Ltd, Imagine Independence, Bluebird Care Ltd and Southside Accountants Ltd gave Siobhain a warm welcome. Both Bluebird Care and Imagine Independence took the opportunity to discuss issues that relate to their businesses and Siobhain invited them to attend a surgery at the constituency’s office in Morden. Rhodium also introduced her to their staff members who have come through the apprenticeship scheme. We were thrilled to have her visit us and it was a great way to mark the end of another successful year for the Generator!

The Generator Business Centre is located at 95 Miles Rd, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3FH - 020 8408 1501,


Healthy Workplaces 

New - Stress Awareness Workshop!

Tuesday, January 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am | £10.00 - £15.00

This two hour Stress Awareness session will instruct your staff in:
• How to recognise stress;
• Ways in which stress affects performance and health;
• Effective strategies for coping with stress;
• How to harness the positives of stress and deal with the negatives;
• How to use stress to their advantage to improve their effectiveness and wellbeing.

Who is it aimed at?
Our Stress Awareness workshop will benefit frontline employees who work with customers, managers and co-workers, enabling them to handle pressure and time constraints in a way that enhances their performance.

Did you know…?
• Unmanaged stress can develop into serious mental health problems such as depression, and increase the risk of physical illness like heart disease.
• Stress accounts for 43% of all working days lost due to ill health (HSE Labour Force Survey, 2014/15).
• Workload pressures including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and lack of managerial support are the main causes of work-related stress, depression and anxiety (HSE Labour Force Survey 2009/10).


To find out more and to book click here.

For more information about the service visit


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Member Offers from Kerry Insurance

Insurance Health Check and Advice for Your Business


As part of our commitment to help you to manage the risks associated with your business, Merton Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Kerry London insurance brokers to offer the opportunity of a free risk and insurance health-check for your company.


With over 25 years’ experience, Kerry London are commercial insurance specialists that support a wide range of businesses operating in a wide variety of sectors from micro SME businesses through to larger multi-national risks.


Your FREE risk and insurance health-check will include the opportunity to discuss in detail your business operation with an experienced insurance advisor so that you are fully aware of the risks associated with your business and have peace of mind that you have taken appropriate steps to manage these risks.


You will also be given the opportunity to receive an alternative insurance quotation, where your existing policy is not already held by Kerry London.

In order to arrange for an advisor to discuss your business, please contact Matt Dawson, Commercial Development Manager on 07778 917 722 or email

Monthly Weblink Winner and New Members

Weblink winner.


Congratulations to Samuel Estates.

Thank you for displaying the Merton Chamber logo on your email footer - a bottle of wine is on its way to you!

If you are a member of Merton Chamber of Commerce, and have our member logo on your website, please let Caroline
know and a bottle or some choccies could be on their way to you too!


Welcome to our newest members!

Find out who our recent new members are here. 

We are delighted to welcome the following businesses as members of Merton Chamber of Commerce.


Jaspers Catering Ltd

KM Autos Ltd



Chickidee Homeware

Franco Manca

Festive Gift Shop


Already a member?  Why not offer other members a special offer?  Whether it is a free initial meeting; discount on your services; a business review in your area of expertise or a prize or goody bag!  Whatever it is, it is just one way in which we can help you to promote your company to the local business community. 

Email now with your offer.



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