Welcome to the March issue of the Chamber enews

What a fantastic start to 2012! Wimbledon businesses voted in favour of implementing the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District (BID). We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have supported the BID so far.
After two years of running Merton Means Business for Merton Council, we are delighted that the service has been extended for 11 months! At the same time we continue to run The Generator Business Centre in Mitcham.
We are also pleased that our Go Green Plus service has received editorial coverage in the national Guardian. And last but not least we launched Merton's Transforming Local Infrastructure programme to Description: http://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/enews/Diana-Signature.gifwork with local businesses for the benefit of the wider community. Please see below for more details.




Thursday 15th March at 8.00am - Raynes Park Networking Breakfast
Come along and meet with other local businesses and hear about plans and developments in the Town Centre while enjoying a tasty breakfast at Bar 191. Read about the developments in our Raynes Park Newsletter

Tuesday 20th March at 8.30am - Mitcham Town Centre Business Forum
Hear about plans and developments in the town centre whilst you network over coffee. There are details of the Mitcham Regeneration Fund in the Newsletter, Mitcham Matters.

Wednesday 21st March at 8.30am - How can your business prepare and benefit from Wimbledon's major events this summer?
With the Queen’s Jubilee, Wimbledon Championships and the Olympics, Wimbledon and Merton borough has a major window of opportunity to be “Open for Business”. This event, targeting businesses in the cultural, leisure and tourism sector will provide the latest information to help you plan, prepare and benefit from these events. 

Thursday 22nd March at 12.00pm - Lunch and Learn - Speed Networking
Get the chance to network with everyone, a great opportunity to make potential clients and useful contacts in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Monday 26th March at 10.00am - Helping businesses get it right - Tax, National Insurance and VAT
Thinking of starting a business but not sure what your responsibilities for Tax, National Insurance or VAT are? These sessions will give you the knowledge to get it right from the beginning.

Tuesday 27th March - Search Engine Optimisation Part One and Part Two
Come along and find out how Search Engines work; and how they can work for your business! This popular workshop is split into 2 separately bookable sessions to accommodate your level of knowledge.

Thursday 29th March - Thinking of Starting a Business - Business Basics
Starting your own business is always exciting because you are the one who decides how to shape the business. Find out about legal structures, finance, business planning and more.

To book on any of these events click on the event title above or visit us at www.mertonchamber.co.uk/events or call Caroline on 020 8944 5501 or email caroline@mertonchamber.co.uk



News bites

  • Transport for London (TfL) are offering 230 free workshops to help hauliers and their customers in transport ‘hotspots’ keep running smoothly during the Games - find out more
  • Chamber Member weblink Winner this month is Lifestyle Marketing - a bottle of wine is on its way!
  • Win a year's free parking at Centre Court Shopping Centre by entering their competition - find out more
  • Remember to get your views to Merton Council on the London 2012 traffic management and parking plans by 18th March- full details here
  • Join Marie Curie Cancer Care as they spread daffodil cheer on The Piazza this Saturday 17th March. A full day of entertainment for everyone and all in a great cause.
  • London 2012 Open Meeting for the people of Merton - 29th March 7pm-8pm at Civic Centre. Find out where and how you can get involved in what Merton is doing to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
  • Looking to move your office or in need of local meeting and conference rooms to rent? The Generator Business Centre has available office suites at highly competitive prices. Contact Clair on 020 8619 0700 or email clair@mertonchamber.co.uk
  • A huge thank you to Darling Magazine for their article on Diana Sterck, CEO Merton Chamber of Commerce. Read the full article here
  • This week held a successful New Member networking evening at 40 The Hill, Wimbledon.  With 40 businesses attending, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet with new members, and hear what they've been up to and offer them the chance to meet the team, and discover the wideranging activities and benefits of being a Chamber member.

Merton Chamber reaccredited Customer First for the 8th year

Merton Chamber has achieved the Customer First Award for the 8th year running. Customer First is a national standard that recognises an organisation’s achievement in delivering excellent customer service.

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce was thrilled with the achievement, “Our achievement demonstrates to our customers that they are at the heart of our organisation. We always pride ourselves on the excellent service given to our customers. Also with 2012 being the Chamber’s 20th Birthday; it’s a strong endorsement of the fundamental role we play in the Merton business community.” Read the full story ->>


Wimbledon businesses voted "YES" to Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District

Wimbledon businesses voted overwhelmingly in favour of implementing the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District (BID), an exciting new business-led, business-funded body for Wimbledon town centre.  70% of businesses voted in favour of the BID representing 65% of rateable value.  Turnout was 36%. This positive result means that the Love Wimbledon BID will start operating on 1st April 2012

"I am delighted that the businesses of Wimbledon have got behind Love Wimbledon and given such a strong mandate to this important business-led initiative.  Love Wimbledon will drive forward a powerful, focused agenda for change for the businesses of Wimbledon Town Centre and ensure a brighter future for all of us.”  Paul Windsor, Chairman, Love Wimbledon; Partner, WSM


Congratulations to Go Green Plus who featured in the national Guardian

Businesses in six South London areas have been helped over the past three years by the Go Green Plus project. Firms received up to 12 hours free support, part funded through the European Regional Development Fund, to implement environmental initiatives to demonstrate CO2 reductions by reducing, reusing or recycling.

A large proportion of businesses focused on improving energy efficiency and found that their actions were soon rewarded so a huge congratulations to them too!

Read the full story on The Guardian's website.


Merton Means Business - start here with business basics

Are you thinking of starting a business...or know someone who is? Then start here!

Join us on the 29th March for our Business Basics workshop. This workshop  covers subjects such as business planning, premises, legal concerns, income tax, VAT and national insurance, including time for questions on any specific areas that you would like to discuss, as well as attendance from a  local business manager from Barclays.

Don’t miss out, book your place now!

We will continue to run these monthly free of charge. Please find full listings of our events and support at www.mertonchamber.co.uk or alternatively call 020 8619 0700.


Welcome to new members

This month, we are delighted to welcome as new members to Merton Chamber of Commerce:

Rainbow Productions - costume character specialists

Hillbeach Ltd - mobile marketing consultants

If you are interested in joining the Chamber, please contact Caroline or Sophie or call 020 8944 5501 for more details.


Join us on 21st March and find out how your business can benefit from Wimbledon's summer of major events at our Culture, Leisure and Tourism Forum

From the Queen's Jubilee to the Olympics, Merton has a major window of opportunity to be “Open for Business” during a two month period when visitor numbers will be considerably higher than the norm.  This Networking forum will provide you with an opportunity to plan, prepare and benefit from these events:


  • Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking on being “Games Time Ready” covering operational and staff planning, security and travel planning.  As an Olympic sponsor Lloyds Banking Group is bringing us information at a local level.
  • Merton ‘Open for Business’: Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber will outline events planned for Wimbledon and the rest of the borough and discuss how you can participate and benefit.  Including
    o Olympic Advertising Regulations – what you can and can’t do;
    o Receiving and making deliveries and collections - regulations;
    o Events for the Queen’s Jubilee, the torch relay and Wimbledon’s welcome
  • Plus, Q&A Session - Hear from Olympic hopeful Josie Inverdale, a Lloyds TSB Local Hero

Click here for all the details of this forum, which will be held at Tapanco, Central Wimbledon.


Local partners launch Transforming Local Infrastructure programme

Councillor Stephen Alambritis joined us at the official launch of Merton's Transforming Local Infrastructure programme.

"We will be working with Merton Voluntary Service Council, Merton Unity Network and Volunteer Centre Merton to work more collaboratively for the benefit of the wider community and have attracted government funding for us to lead on the work of merging services and formalising links with local businesses". Click here for more details.




Visit our sister sites - www.mccbusinesssolutions.co.uk - www.wimbledontowncentre.co.uk - www.lovewimbledon.org

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