Merton Best Business Awards 2017 – Winners announced!

From new, small businesses, to well established businesses employing over fifty people, the selection of finalists really highlights the diversity of the businesses in Merton.


A gallop to the finish line at the Merton Best Business Awards – Merton Best Business Awards 27th September 2017

After a year of success, Merton’s finest businesses joined each other for a glitzy night at the Epsom Downs Racecourse. There were some fantastic companies across the board giving the judges a difficult task to choose the winners.

After welcome drinks overlooking the racecourse, guests enjoyed entertainment from students at South Thames College before beginning the awards ceremony. The winners and runners up come from a wide range of industries, showing business excellence throughout Merton.

Best Restaurant of the Year

Winner – Lu-Ma Cafe

Runner Up – The White Onion


Best Pub of the Year

Winner – The Old Frizzle

Runner Up – Prince of Wales


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



New award categories announced at the Merton Best Business Awards 2017 launch event!

The fifth Merton Best Business Awards were launched on 9th March at the fabulous Taste Restaurant, at South Thames College, with the announcement of exciting new categories including Best Business over 50 employees, Best Business under 50 employees, and the brand new Best Healthy Workplace award.

Plus new for 2017, in addition to the online vote for Best Customer Service, there is Best Pub of the Year and Best Restaurant of the Year.  With nominations closing on Monday 1st May 5pm don’t delay nominating your business TODAY!

Headline sponsors WSM Business Advisory, Simon Marsh said, “As events at the Oscars showed in spectacular fashion, awards matter and are big news – not just for the winners but for all those taking part! And for local businesses and business people there are none bigger or better than the Merton Best Business Awards. For those businesses, which want to showcase their expertise, enjoy fantastic free publicity opportunities and be in with a chance of winning, it is as simple as putting in an entry for the Merton Best Business Awards 2017.”
Entries are open now and we encourage all businesses to register as soon as possible.


2016-awards-logo-for-social-mediaOver 250 people attended the high profile Awards Ceremony in Wimbledon where the winners of the Merton Best Business Awards sponsored by Merton Chamber of Commerce were announced.Tonight we have seen why Merton is such a great place to do business.” said Andrew Wakefield from the Merton Chamber of Commerce. “We have seen the crowning of the best across our local economy and we have witnessed the championing of local firms and what they do. It’s been a great evening”

The Overall Winner at the Awards was Eligo Recruitment, a business of thirty dedicated recruitment consultants who source market leading jobs and candidates in the cutting edge sectors of IT, Energy, Fire and Security, Digital, Medical and Events.


Eligo was established in 2001 by John Doherty and Andy Molloy and as a business they focus on delivering a professional recruitment service, with no compromise on quality or integrity.

“Our congratulations go to Eligo for winning this very special award.” said Gavin Stebbing from WSM. “They have shown by winning Employer of the Year and the Overall Winner that they are focused on delivering a first class offer to their customers and ensuring as a good employer they recognise that supporting the health and well-being of their staff makes good business sense.”

The hugely anticipated Customer Service of the Year Award, which was voted on by members of the Merton Business Community saw Tots Landing pipping Park Vetinary Practice to win the coveted prize.

Tots Landing Ltd was the brain child of Rob Palmer Williams. Being a father of two young kiddies, he wanted to be able to provide a safe, clean, fun soft play environment for the children of Wimbledon.


Over the last few years, Tots Landing has gone from strength to strength. Building a strong community feel to the place through fundraising for various charities they have been privileged to win numerous awards and are thoroughly looking forward to the next three years in business.

“Once again we have seen that we have such a depth of hard working, entrepreneurial and successful businesses in Merton.” said Diana Sterck, Merton Chamber of Commerce CEO. “It is right that we come together to celebrate that success and show how everyone should be proud of the businesses that contribute so much to the local economy.”


The full list of Winners and Runners Up are:

Best New Business

Runner Up – Ensere Ltd

Winner – Business Clan

Best Service Excellence

Runner Up – GEM & Co Financial Services

Winner – Merton Mencap

Best Apprentice of the Year

Runner Up – Emma Cenanovic, Grenfell Housing

Winner – Zhen Liu, Capital Training Group

Entrepreneur of the Year

Runner Up – Cath Harrop, mum2mum Market

Winner – Sylvia Anderson, Anderson Food Hygiene

Best Enterprising Business

Runner Up – Stem4

Winner – Aztec Events

Best Creative Award

Runner Up – Katja Nuutinen Couture

Winner – 3mil Limited

The Extra Mile

Runner Up – Tots Landing

Winner – Tennison Properties

Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre

Runner Up – Tots Landing

Winner – The Justin James hotel

Employee of the Year

Runner Up – Philip James, Rhodium Consulting

Winner – Adele Coles, Eden Skin Clinic

Employer of the Year

Runner Up – Carers Support Merton

Winner – Eligo Recruitment

Best Customer Service

Runner Up – Park Veterinary Practice

Winner – Tots Landing

Overall Winner

Eligo Recruitment

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A boutique music studio complex in Morden has been crowned Merton Best Business.

3 Merton -Overall winner Crown Lane Studios_0015Crown Lane Studios received the overall accolade at last year’s Merton Best Business Awards, held at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Crown Lane Studios, in Crown Lane, Morden, is trusted by high calibre artists and supports the local music community. The studios are purpose-built and feature-heavy rehearsal rooms.

The successful business also scooped the Green Award on a night of glory at the annual awards, which are organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce.

Other category winners were:

Entrepreneur of the Year: Winner: Sylvia Anderson, of Anderson Food Hygiene. Anderson Food Hygiene describes itself as a “Multi- Award Winning Training and Consultancy Company dedicated to successfully educating our clients in the complicated and legislated area of Food Safety. We offer an integrated approach to safety providing up- to- date Accredited Training, Auditing and Consultancy Solutions that is extremely valuable to our high-profile Clients.” Runner Up: Lisa Lamberti, The Pilates Clinic

Best Creative Award: Winner: Sportlabs Sportlabs describes itself as: Sportslabs works with national and international sport associations including the LTA, UEFA, Tennis Australia and the FEI (International Equestrian). We look after parts of the UEFA Champions league website and a number of other high traffic sites, UEFA Team of the Year is a website for users to vote for their top players each season. Runner Up: New Wimbledon Theatre

Service Excellence: Winner: GEM & Co Financial Services The company describes itself as “Wimbledon’s leading firm of chartered financial planners.  Using our three pillar system of listening, analysing and creating we help people live the life they always dreamed but didn’t realise was possible. Our goal is for each and every one of our clients to live their ‘happily ever after’!” Runner Up: Park Vets

Team Development: Winner: Lauristons. Lauristons is an “innovative, progressive estate agency that offers services to meet the ever changing needs of any individual or organisation involved in any aspect of property market, whilst also ensuring that in meeting the needs of the business, we also add value to the communities we work with.” Runner Up: Capital Training Group

Enterprising Business: Winner: Eligo Recruitment In the 14 years since it started, Eligo Recruitment has grown from two consultants to25, from one sector to six, from helping 10 candidates to get jobs to helping 351-. “Across each of our sectors we believe in doing recruitment differently, with innovation, with integrity, and with impact.” Runner Up: Geeks

Best Business in Colliers Wood: Winner: The Sound Lounge Studios The Sound Lounge is a small arts organisations, which seeks to bring people together through art, music and community, Investing in a positive, sustainable future for the community and environment we are in, underpins all 3 of its revenue channels: 1) coffee bar 2) recording studio and 3) guitar project. The business works alongside other charities, music venues; working with NCS The Challenge, Regenerate UK, The London Probation Service, Wimbledon YMCA, among others. Runner Up: Eddisonwhite

Apprentice of the Year: Winner: Ryan Alexandrou, New Wimbledon Theatre Runner Up: Terrone Francis, of Capital Training Group

Best New Business: Winner: Little Forest Folk Little Forest Folk is UK’s first full – time outdoor nursery for children. It offers innovative childcare for 2-5 year old children in Merton, providing an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy unbounded and educational play in a natural forest setting, with all physical and mental benefits that the outdoors and fresh air provides. Runner Up: Mini Engineers

Best Green Business: Winner: Crown Lane Studios Runner Up: Bio Collectors

Best Business in Mitcham: Winner: Carers Support Merton Carers Support Merton put unpaid carers needs first, giving a personalised service to those who need help. Its aim is to improve the quality of life for carers and generate a wider and deeper understanding of carers issues in order that they receive the respect and recognition they deserve. Runner Up: Rhodium Consulting

Best Business in Morden: Winner: Aqua Physio AquaPhysio improves the health and well-being of people in Merton no and into the future, through excellence aquatic physiotherapy and fitness, in a pool equipped with advanced technology, staffed by highly trained, expert physiotherapists. AquaPhysio changes people’s lives for the better in a way that no other healthcare approach can. Runner Up: Anderson Food Hygiene

Best Business in Raynes Park: Winner: Tennison Property Established in 2008, Tennison specialises in sales, lettings and property management. Everyone at Tennison is accessible and ready to offer simple and straightforward advice, and because it is an an independent agency, it provides a truly local focus combined with benefit of widespread connections. Runner Up: Park Vets

Best Business in SW19: Winner: Eligo Recruitment. Also won the Enterprising Business award. Runner Up: Paul Strank Roofing

Best Business in Wimbledon Town Centre: Winner: The Justin James Hotel. Runner Up: Sportlabs

The Extra Mile: Winner: Paul Strank Roofing. Paul Strank Roofing describes itself like this: “We are highly successful Roofing and Scaffolding company, with an excellent Merchants division. By focusing on customer care and working to the highest standards set by our accreditations we deliver a service that is second to none in our industry. We also fundraise like there’s no tomorrow!” Runner Up: Crown Lane Studios

Time & Leisure Magazine Editor’s Choice Award Winner: Aqua Physio AquaPhysio improves the health and well-being of people in Merton no and into the future, through excellence aquatic physiotherapy and fitness, in a pool equipped with advanced technology, staffed by highly trained, expert physiotherapists. AquaPhysio changes people’s lives for the better in a way that no other healthcare approach can.

Best Customer Service: Winner: Bakou. Runner up: Rhodium Consulting

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