Meet Merton's Best Businesses

Wimbledon firms feature in annual business awards

Merton's top businesses joined each other for a glitzy night for the Merton Best Business Awards.

Guests at Epsom Downs Racecourse enjoyed entertainment from students at South Thames College before beginning the awards ceremony.

The evening kicked off with a new award - The Andrew Wakefield Award. Andrew was the Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce, who died last October.

Presenting the award, Merton Chamber CEO Diana Sterck said: "This award is part of his legacy to the community he lived in, worked in and served for many years.

"In selecting the winner the team worked to review what was important to Andrew in his role of Chair. Quite simply that was entrepreneurship, a sense of community and ability to connect people to add value to what goes on in our fabulous borough.

"We were delighted to announce that our winner is a lady who has set up and grown her business in Merton, she is someone with a great sense of community and is a natural networker in the most charming and effective way. The founder and editor of Darling Magazine, Karine Torr."

Karine Torr said: "I am incredibly honoured to be the first recipient of the Andrew Wakefield Award. It’s a humbling experience as Andrew was the epitome of 'community' and support for the institutions and businesses that make Merton so special."

The winners and runners up come from a wide range of industries, including many in Wimbledon. The list of winners is below:

Best Restaurant of the Year
Winner - Lu-Ma Cafe, Wimbledon
Runner Up - The White Onion, Wimbledon Village

Best Pub of the Year
Winner - The Old Frizzle, Wimbledon
Runner Up - Prince of Wales, Wimbledon

Best Customer Service 
Winner - Quality Stitch
Runner Up - Holistic Fitness Studios

Apprentice of the Year
Winner - Antoniu Dragu, Finling
Runner Up - Ross Walker, Wow Your Crowd

Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre
Winner - Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Runner Up - Fayre and Square

Best Business under 50 Employees
Winner - Art Division Ltd
Runner Up - GEM and Co Financial Services LLP

Best Enterprising Business
Winner - Harnham Group Ltd
Runner Up - D Parry Pharmacy

Best in the Creative Sector
Winner - Art Division
Runner Up - Wimbledon International Music Festival

Best New Business
Winner - The Orchard Day Nursery
Runner Up - Bear and Pine

Best Service Excellence
Winner - SPS Timber Windows
Runner Up - Kew House Care Home

Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner - Sahaj Kothari, Make In 3D
Runner Up - Karine Torr, Darling Magazine UK

Employer of the Year
Winner - Harnham Group Ltd
Runner Up - Help for Carers

Team Development
Winner - Business Clan Ltd
Runner Up - Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Runner Up - Kew House Care Home

The Extra Mile
Winner - Retail IT
Runner Up - Fitwise

The Best Business Over 50 Employees
Winner - Help for Carers
Runner Up - Elbrook Cash and Carry Ltd

Healthy Workplace
Winner - Peldon Rose Group Limited
Runner Up - MVSC.

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September 28, 2017

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