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May 2016


Merton Chamber AGM

Announcing new membership packages

On the evening of May 12th we held our Annual General Meeting at Hotel Du Vin, Cannizaro House on Wimbledon Common.

It was a fantastic event with many of our members hearing of what we achieved up to year end June 2015 and plans for our future, including a new membership service which will simplify our membership system into Standard and Premier members, due to be launched in the summer.


In March we sent out a research survey to gather feedback from both our members and non-members about what they feel the Chamber does well, and what could be improved upon. We were delighted with the response from over 80 businesses, so a big thank you to those who completed it. 

3 out of the first 30 respondents received £25 vouchers for Elys Wimbledon as an extra thank you - see who the lucky 3 were below! 

A year in review

Membership and events: we currently have 600 members, held 42 events with over 2300 people attending and saved members 33% on training and networking events.

Service Delivery:
  • Merton Business Support Service– London Borough of Merton funding; 800 start ups/businesses supported; 200 jobs created, £750,000 raised.
  • Merton Best Business Awards heading into our 4th year, last year we had over 90 applications which was 100% increase from year 1.
  • Take One – We have supported 100 businesses, supporting growth through recruitment of local people and recently funding from London Borough of Merton and Job Centre Plus.
  • Healthy workplaces – We have worked with another 100 businesses and 10 of those are going for chartered workplace status. Healthy workplaces are good for business performance and we continuing to carry the service forward this year.
  • Plus, continued management of the Generator Business Centre  in Mitcham where we have 23 tenants, over 100 jobs in the building and 98% occupancy over the last year!

Winners of our research survey

The winners were announced and two were given their vouchers at our AGM:

Training and Recruitment Partnership and Terra Ferma, pictured below. 
KM Autos who were unable to make the event were given their voucher by Caroline Cook subsequent to the event. 


Pictured: Steve Farrow of Training and Recruitment Partnership,  Andrew Marsh of Terra Ferma with Andrew Wakefield and Kevin Martin of KM Autos with Caroline Cook.

Monthly Weblink Winner and New Members

Weblink winner.


Congratulations to Niki Kerr Great Futures

Thank you for displaying the Merton Chamber logo on website or 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.


Association of Residential Managing Agents

Equicise Ltd

Envoy Digital

Wimbledon High School

Anna Desogus Holistic Therapist

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.


Merton Best Business Awards

Top Nosh Top Tips

It's not too late to join us for an evening with the Judges of the Merton Best Business Awards. 

Enjoy a five course dining experience at Taste Restaurant on Tuesday 24 May from 6pm, whilst meeting the Judges and hearing what their top tips are for an award winning application.  The evening is hosted by Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants, and you can book your place online
>> click here

Entering the Merton Best Business Awards  is a fantastic PR opportunity for your business.  But, don't just take our word for it. 

This is what double winner*, Gem & Co, has to say on what winning has done for their business.  "Winning the awards sets us apart from our competitors which can only have a positive benefit when potential clients are looking for a new adviser. Most importantly for a small business like ours, it gives us the opportunity to shout out about our positive achievements in a very cost-effective manner!”

So give it a go.  There is a category for every type of business, and new categories this year include Best Employer of the Year, Best Employee of the Year.
*Winner 2014 - The Extra Mile.  Winner 2015 - Best Service Excellence


Upcoming Events

Our 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 - 9th June
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.

Fire Warden Marshal Training - 9th June

This Fire Warden Marshal Training workshop is aimed at those employees within the organisation who have a key role to play within the management of Fire Safety in the Workplace.

Emergency First Aid at Work - 15th June

Equip your staff with vital life saving skills, and workplace health and safety regulations.


Meet the New Volkswagen Tiguan Networking Evening - 15th June
Join the Lookers VW team and staff from Merton Chamber for an evening of Networking



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 - 5th July 

Our business networking breakfast allows you to hear about local developments as well as building partnerships with key contacts.

Facebook For Business - 7th July

This three hour training session is designed to help small to medium sized businesses understand the commercial opportunities of Facebook for business and the first steps needed to get to grips with it all.

Book Now
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Healthy Workplace Service

Are you a business with staff who want to get in shape? or a sports activity provider wanting to promote your services? Watch this space for a day of Merton-wide action to mark National Fitness Day on September 7th. We’ll have lots more information as the day approaches, but in the meantime do get in touch with our Healthy Workplace Consultant Nicola Davenport to express your interest:

For more information about the Healthy Workplace Service visit

Email  Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMerton


Faith in Action, but cookers out of action!
By Raymond Kinsella


Faith in Action’s fabulous Merton Homeless Project  provides 7000 meals a year for local homeless people but its ageing cookers (appliances not people!) are creaking under the strain and need to be replaced…..quickly!

Twice a week volunteers provide breakfast and lunch but their tasks are being hampered. I know a ‘good workman never blames his tools’ but I think we can make an exception with this group of workers!

Faith in Action have  set up a
Just Giving page to help them raise the £2,000 needed to replace the cookers and staff and volunteers would be very grateful for any contribution that you are able to make.

 If you are a local business and would like to support a good cause in Merton contact: Raymond Kinsella 020 8944 5501

Community Corner

Wimbledon Village Fair - Volunteers needed.



The Wimbledon Guild need your help for their fantastic annual Wimbledon Village Fair!

It's always an exciting day and volunteering at the fair is a great way to support all our services.

Every year they rely on over 100 volunteers to help with the fair. Volunteers help in the weeks leading up to the fair, to set up on the morning of the event and throughout the day.

There are a variety of roles on offer, 
find out more at or get in touch


Mitcham Orchard needs your help!


Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens needs YOUR help to fund its water supply!


The community orchard and gardens project does not currently have a water supply, essential to its continued success (5 Awards in Year 1) and has depended upon neighbours' kind provision of hosepipes over the fences.


They desperately need a reliable, dedicated supply in the orchard, which requires Thames Water to take a new supply off the mains and an accredited underground plumber to install and tap.


This project will open to the public during daylight hours in the late Spring and we need to have all our infrastructure and major construction works completed by then.


Please help them fulfil the dream of this astonishing and successful project to provide a leisure and education resource for all.

Every little helps!

Piazza Big Screen Back!

Love Wimbledon’s Big Screen is back on The Piazza again this summer, showing our favourite sporting event, The Wimbledon Championships.

No costs, no queues – just pull up a deckchair, grab a bite and a drink and relax in the sun while watching the world’s tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court.

In partnership with Love Wimbledon, Vita Coco will be joining in the fun this year, offering free wi-fi and awarding coconut water prizes to whoever hits the fastest serve each day on their tennis simulator. Come and #serveitup

Jigsaw4u Football Tournament

Jigsaw4u, a children’s charity based in Merton, are holding a Charity Football Tournament at Raynes Park High School on Saturday 18th June.

If you are a business and want to take part, they have spaces left for teams of 7-10 people for 7 a-side!

Registration fee includes lunch, a BBQ and a complimentary drink.

Deadline for team entries is Friday 29th May.

There will be an auction on the day and they are inviting people to bid in advance if they can’t make it on the day.

Prizes include:  a week’s holiday in a luxury villa in Portugal, 2 signed Chelsea shirts, a signed Mike Tyson boxing glove, 2 hospitality tickets to see’ Play-Off Finalists’ AFC Wimbledon and a tour of the Wimbledon Tennis Grounds and Museum for a family of 4 (plus many more!!)

If you want to enter a team, or to send in a closed bid for the auction, please contact Michelle Mullarkey for more details on or call the office 020 8687 1384


Following the success of Classics in the Park 2015, Merton Council are delighted to announce an even bigger and better event for 2016. This is a limited capacity event so early booking is recommended!

Intimate outdoor picnic concerts, 26-29 August 2016, Wimbledon Park, South West London

SW19 comes alive this summer with an all new festival. Live at Wimbledon Park - three days of the very best classical and jazz performances plus a fun-filled bank holiday family event featuring the Horrible Histories.

To find out more and to book

Help show AFC Wimbledon support at Wembley Play off Final!

AFC WIMBLEDON V PLYMOUTH: Fooball League 2 Play-off Final, Wembley Stadium 30th May

As many of you will know, AFC Wimbledon were victorious in their Semi – Final play-off match at Accrington Stanley recently. For the first time since their FA Cup Final in 1988, they will now be travelling to Wembley for the final with Plymouth and a fantastic chance to gain promotion to league 1!


There has been a fantastic response from Dons supporters since tickets for Wembley went on sale with 16,378 having been sold by 7.00 pm Saturday. However, with Plymouth already selling over 30,000 of their tickets it looks like AFC Wimbledon’s supporter numbers will be far less on the day without an increase in ticket purchases this week.


Please do think about supporting this great local team on the day at this world famous venue and help get AFC Wimbledon on the way to a promotion. – tickets can be purchased through e-ticketing.

The Generator

The Generator Business Centre.


Become part of a professional, vibrant and much sought after business centre run by Merton Chamber of Commerce. 

An office suite is coming available at the end of June.  For more information or to book a viewing, please contact or call 020 8408 1501.  Contact us now to avoid disappointment!


Virtual Offices


Work from home?  Want a professional address for your business?  Then apply for a Virtual Office at The Generator.  For just £5+VAT per week, we offer an address to register your business, receive post & packages and can include room hire and/or a diverted telephone line to a number of your choice.


An affordable option to all businesses.  For more information, please contact or call 020 8408 1501



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

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