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Wimbledon employers start the big return!

April 28, 2021
Blog
Merton Chamber

Have you noticed an increase in the numbers of people in and around Wimbledon town centre? That might be because employers are starting to roll out their big return to the workplace. As we head towards the next key date in the Government’s Roadmap we’d like to share with you some updates from some of Merton’s largest businesses:

New Wimbledon Theatre

The team is coming back on site from 10 May and will be preparing the building for a summer re-open. They are aiming for an operational start in mid July with a programme of activity, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert (16 to 21 August) and Waitress (4 to 11 September). Wimbledon will be one of the first regional ATG theatres to re-open.

To see the full line up visit their website.

White Light

It’s been a rollercoaster year when some weeks are positive and others much more challenging. The conference and events sector is gradually opening up and White Light anticipate an explosion in activity in the next few months.

To find out more about this complete production solution specialist visit White Light's page.

Centre Court Shopping Centre

The first couple of weeks of reopening has been very positive. The new owners have very exciting plans for the Centre including the closed Debenhams site. See what is going on in at www.centrecourtshopping.co.uk

Love Wimbledon

LW report that the town centre is recovering well, but anticipate a churn in some businesses on the high street. There is good interest from shop front businesses to locate to Wimbledon, and lots of job opportunities available, positioning the town well for the future.  Visit www.lovewimbledon.org to find out the latest news and information about the businesses in Wimbledon town centre.

Close Brothers

As Wimbledon’s largest single building employer, they will be continuing with the majority of the team working from home, but this may change over the next couple of months with the easing of lockdown. To find out more about their modern merchant banking services visit www.closebrothers.com

Domestic & General

Also a large office employer, has undertaken a major refurbishment of their offices in Swan Court, with collaborative spaces and roof terraces. They want to get staff back on site when social distancing measures are eased. In the meantime they are adopting a new and permanent hybrid working approach. For information on UK’s leading specialist warranty provider go to www.domesticandgeneral.com

Simpson Carpenter

Simpson Carpenter, a company that undertakes specialist research in sectors such as the pharmaceutical, retail and automotive industries will likely evolve to operate a hybrid model to accommodate staff’s preferences for a mix of home and office working and will introduce more hot desking. Check out their page here.

Morrison’s Solicitors and Hartley Fowler Accountants

Also based in the heart of Wimbledon and as regional employers with multi sites, both Morrison’s Solicitors and Hartley Fowler Accountants are preparing their plans to get people back on site from June and will operate a hybrid model.

Finally, here at the Chamber of Commerce, we are holding our first in person event on 10th June after more than a year, and preparing our plans for the Merton Best Business Awards from September. We are also supporting over 50 businesses with Kickstart jobs for young people.

How is the reopening going for you? We’d love to share your story, so let us know by emailing info@mertonchamber.co.uk