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January 2017!

Celebrating our 25th year!
2017 is an exciting year for us as we are celebrating 25 years! We have a new logo to mark the occasion, plus celebrations in the pipeline later in the year! Watch this space to find out more.

We are also delighted to welcome Victoria Nicol as the new Chair of our Board of Directors, and here is a new year message from her:

"Happy New Year to all our members, suppliers and customers. I am delighted to have taken on the role of Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce, in this, our 25th anniversary year. Having been a Director for a couple of years, I know I have some big boots to fill following the sudden death of our long serving Chair, Andrew Wakefield. I am keen to build on Andrew's great legacy and have a passion to drive forward the exciting new strategy that we launched last summer. My aim is to consolidate on this strategy by bringing you key benefits for your business growth – a new approach to membership, a new business growth service and support in building your contacts and networking through our events and workshops. I know these strategies work as a small business owner myself – read my more detailed blog and I look forward to meeting you in the months ahead."

2016 ended with our most successful Christmas lunch, raising £860 in aid of The Paul Strank Charitable Trust.

Thank you to all who donated prizes and attended on the day, it was once again, a Christmas lunch to remember!
Click to view some photos of the day.
Business News
If you are looking for ways to kick start your business this January, then be sure to watch our Boost Your Business value video series, packed with useful advice and ideas. Click here to get your route map to business success, improve your networking and raise your business profile with our marketing tips.

Book a Business Review to make sure you're on the right track in 2017!
Get a fresh perspective on your business plans - available to all businesses - but offered free to Chamber members by emailing or call us on 020 8944 5501.
“Again, I want to say huge thanks for this morning.  It was hugely helpful and exceeded all my expectations.  I really can build something concrete around my ideas now and can't wait to move to the next stage of planning with you.” Grainne Richardson – Soft Play Centre.  1:1 advice session 2016

Did you know that Merton Council is proposing to introduce a surcharge on all diesel vehicles with a business permit?

The council’s research has found that diesel vehicles in Merton contribute disproportionately to local air quality emissions. This was based on real-life on-road emissions rather than the manufacturers’ specification. 

Full details of the proposals are available here. Have your say till 3rd February when the statutory consultation closes.

Council to consult with businesses on business plan

Merton Council is to meet with businesses to ask them about their views on the council’s budget and business plan proposals.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis will be in the Civic Centre’s Council Chamber on 7 February, 6pm – 7pm along with council officers and cabinet members to answer any questions and address concerns business owners may have about the proposals for 2017/18 and the business plan 2017-21. For more information click here

Neighbourhood fund consultation – still time to take part!

Merton Council is calling on people living and working in Merton to choose their priorities on how a share of just over £500,000 could improve their community.

They are asking you to have your say by completing the short survey that is found at the following link:

The funding is 15% of Merton Community Infrastructure Levy income that is available for neighbourhood projects. The results of the survey will help inform the priorities for allocating this funding. For more information visit:

Have your say on shopfront and basement and subterranean planning guidance by January 19th, click for more information

Business Resources to Build Your Profile
Many of the businesses we work with have ‘opted in’ to allow us to share their contact data with other businesses.  That means that we have up to date information on local businesses – providing us with a perfect way of helping you!

1. Purchase one of our mailing list options:
  • Merton Chamber members list - available to members only
  • Local business list - in Excel format
  • Merton Chamber direct mailing on your behalf 
  • Promote your campaign via our social media networks, just tag us or email us the details, as part of our exclusive membership offer. Click here for more details
2. Advertise your business in our upcoming Premier Profile - Merton Chamber of Commerce's on-line magazine for South London businesses, featuring business success stories and services for doing more business in South London. Open to all businesses, enquire today by emailing
Join us in January - special offer for new members!
Now is a great time to sign up for membership, and take advantage of the 10% discount we are offering to new members throughout January with code memberjan1.  Since launching our Premier and Standard membership packages last summer, businesses have been reaping a host of benefits.
The Orchard Day Nursery
Premier Member fast-track success story

Ambitious entrepreneur, Sam Green, approached us in June 2016 just after he had secured £0.5m of private investment and acquired 4800 sq ft of office space in Wimbledon town centre to set up the first of three new childcare centres – the Orchard Day Nursery. The ex Allied Irish Bank building had been vacant for a number of years and was in need of a complete refurbishment before the Nursery could be opened in the September of the same year, not to mention a change of business use application and OFSTED approval!

Sam needed someone to help him quickly navigate his way around the borough and make introductions to key local stakeholders and potential partners.

Within 3 months of being introduced to Kevan Dunne at the Chamber, Sam had met the Leader of the Council, the Chief Executives of Merton Chamber of Commerce and Love Wimbledon, a host of neighbours, including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Polka Theatre, Metro Bank and Deen City Farm and received extensive support with his successful planning application.

As planned, The Orchard Nursery was formally opened in September 2016 by the Leader of the Council, Stephen Alambritis, and now employs 12 people and is providing childcare for 40 children. By September 2017 they will have doubled the number of staff and children at The Orchard Day Nursery and be well on their way to opening their next nursery.

The Orchard Nursery were one of the first Premier members of the Chamber and are reaping the rewards of our connectivity in the borough. 

“The Chamber has made us feel so welcome in the Borough. We have been staggered by the extent of their knowledge and support and their help was invaluable in getting our first nursery opened within our extremely tight timescale.” Sam Green, Managing Director of South London Day Nurseries Ltd
Healthier Workplaces Improve Performance

If you’ve got an office full of staff trying to stick to New Year resolutions, there’s an easy way to help: become a healthy workplace employer! Support your team’s good intentions by:

ENCOURAGING everyone to eat healthier by providing a workplace fruit bowl – and re-filling it twice a week

INCREASING activity levels by turning one-to-ones into walking meetings - you’ll find fresh air and exercise increase both inspiration and efficiency

DITCHING the snack habit during meetings – there’s no need to munch biscuits or pastries while you plan, and the sit-nibble combo is a killer for weight gain

CHALLENGE everyone to increase their daily step count by 10% for the next week (then extend it to a fortnight, month etc). Downloading a free app like mapmyrun will help them keep count. Team-on-team competition or an office league-table might help motivation too.


Looking for more ways to help get your staff on the road to better health? Visit our healthy workplace page here, and get in touch with our healthy workplace expert Nicola Davenport for bespoke advice and information:

Upcoming Events
Our 2017 programme of events has been designed to help you develop and grow your business through better marketing, communications, opportunities for developing your people and making valuable contacts.

Raynes Park Business Breakfast - 21st February  
Our business networking breakfast allows you to hear about local developments as well as building partnerships with key contacts.

Thinking of Starting a Business - Business Basics - 22nd February
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.

Strategies for Being More Productive - 22nd February
Strategies to help business owners and leaders work more productively on the things that matter, and practical tips and ideas to stay focused on the handful of tasks that make a real difference to your business.

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