Wimbledon Book Fest and Dons Local Action group also recognised
Lu-Ma Cafe also won in two categories
Lu-Ma Café was the big winner at this year’s Merton Best Business Awards ceremony held this Wednesday evening (1 December) at the prestigious All England Tennis Club.
Not only did the judges decide to award the Worple Road-based business the overall winner at the event, it also came away with the category awards for ‘Star of the Year’ and ‘In the Face of Adversity’
The healthy eating café impressed the judges by its ability to adapt its business to cope with the pandemic as well as introducing support for mental health and wellbeing.
Wimbledon Bookfest took home the ‘Arts & Culture’ award, the ‘Climate Action’ award went to Cullens Clearances for taking steps during the pandemic to reduce their carbon footprint. The Dons Local Action Group won both the ‘Breakthrough Charity’ award and the ‘Kindness in the Community’ award for their exceptional work during the pandemic.
The sold-out event was an opportunity for the Merton business community to get together and let their hair down, as MOBO-award winning artist and entrepreneur, Rachel Kerr, handed awards to the winners in categories such as Team Spirit, The Extra Mile and Kindness in the Community.
The MBBAs were redesigned for 2021 to recognise the challenges faced by businesses during the pandemic. A range of new categories and an easier application process attracted the highest ever number of applications in the Awards’ nine-year history – which the organiser say is testament to the resilience and determination of Merton’s businesses in the face of such difficult operating conditions.
Merton businesses finally able to get together again
Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce and the organiser of the Merton Best Business Awards, commented, “It was touch-and-go as to whether we’d be able to celebrate in person this year, but we were delighted to host such a wonderful evening for our local businesses. Many congratulations to all the winners and to everyone that made it to the finals; and huge thanks to our sponsors and partners for their support.”
For the full list of runners-up and winners, visit mertonbestbusiness.co.uk.
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December 6, 2021