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Merton Best Business Awards 2014

The 2014 Awards are now open!

Annual search to find Merton’s best businesses gets off to a flying start with the launch event, March 26th

The awards are held in association with Merton Council and WSM Business Advisory and Accountancy Services, other sponsors include South Thames College and Hartley Fowler, plus a host of other much appreciated backers.

The award launch took place at South Thames College’s Merton Campus, on March 26th at their student run Taste Restaurant. Guests were served an assortment of delicious canapés made by students of the college alongside drinks at the reception and accompanying speeches.  We heard of a variety of exciting categories that businesses can enter, with a few sponsorship opportunities still up for grabs.

“It is such a feel good factor launching into our second year of the Merton Best Business Awards. Interest is already high and we are looking forward to working with all our sponsors to help put Merton’s best businesses on the map” says Diana Sterck, Merton Chamber CEO.

For more details on the Merton Best Business Awards please go to: http://www.mertonbestbusiness.co.uk/

Introducing Merton Business Support Service

Merton Chamber of Commerce, working with a consortia of professional and commercial partners, were awarded a four year contract by London Borough of Merton, to deliver the Merton Business Support Service. The contract was won through a comprehensive competitive tender. Merton Council is one of the few local authorities in the country that is directly supporting the creation and growth of local businesses and the service will support over 2000 businesses.

If you are looking to set up in business or want to find out more how your business can be supported call our Business Helpdesk on  020 8619 0700 or visit our Merton Business Support Service page for more information:


Small businesses in London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Kensington & Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth (possibly other boroughs too) are able to get free advice and consultancy from qualified environmental specialists to help them reduce their costs and save money by ‘going green’.

The project will enable each participating business to access 12 hours of support tailored to their specific needs and priorities, be they the need to: reduce costs; win larger contracts; have a better understanding in order to comply with legislation around waste and recycling; purchase more environmentally friendly products; access finance to pay for a major greening investment or a combination of some of these.

Who is it for?

•Small to medium size businesses
•Employ less than 250 staff
•Have an annual turnover of less than €50 million and/or a balance sheet of less than €43 million or £ sterling equivalent
•Have not received more than €500,000 worth of State Aid in the past two fiscal years

If you are interested in receiving this free support then please contact our Green Team on 020 8944 5501 or e-mail greeningbusiness@mccbusinesssolutions.co.uk

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013


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Business Basics - 10 April
This workshop will provide you with expert and practical advice on starting a business.

Building A Website Workshop- 23 April
Designed for new or established businesses that are in need of a website and don’t know where to start, or who have a website that is not working for them as it should. We will set you on the right path so that you will leave with enough knowledge to know what steps you need to take, how much you need to spend and what you will gain from venturing into the online world.

Ready to Fly - Business Planning - 24 April
The Ready to Fly programme takes place over six weeks, kicking off with a one day training course. You will become equipped with knowledge and skills to develop your plan, focusing on crucial areas such as marketing plans and financial viability.

Raynes Park Business Breakfast - 29 April
Join us at Bar 191 for this popular business breakfast.  Find out about local developments in the town centre, how RideLondon will affect your business, and hear from the local council and police whilst you network over a delicious breakfast.

Time Management Workshop - 7 May
Ideal for anyone interested in achieving results and also creating 'new time' to spend on building their business.

CIEH - Health and Safety in the Workplace - 22 May
A key course for employers and employees to gain a general overview of the main health and safety issues, which affect most workplaces.

 To find out more about our Events and Workshops, call 020 8944 5501 to speak to a member of the events team.







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