Talking Business

Haymarket holds fire on HQ at Richmond College

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:00am Monday 21st July 2014

Media giant Haymarket has backed out of plans to house its 1,100 staff on the developed Richmond College site.

Sutton houses sell in less than 30 days

Wimbledon Guardian: Council says signs clutter the high streets

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

Sutton has the third-fastest selling houses in the country, according to new figures.

Unemployment down 33 per cent in Sutton

Wimbledon Guardian: Job centre - jobs

5:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Unemployment in Sutton is down by more than a third compared to last year, new figures show.

Empty Tolworth pool hall could become flats

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:15am Monday 14th July 2014

An empty pool hall above Tolworth Poundland could become six flats.

Epsom town centre gets £1.3m funding boost

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Monday 14th July 2014

Epsom town centre is set to become more pedestrian friendly after a major transport and public spaces scheme won £1.3 million.

Oxshott salon proves it can cut it with place at national awards

Wimbledon Guardian:

8:26am Monday 14th July 2014

An Oxshott hair salon has been named as a finalist for the British hairdressing business awards.

Caribbean takeaway business in Mitcham marks first anniversary with party

Wimbledon Guardian:

3:10am Monday 14th July 2014

Face painting, food tasting and a prize draw were held at Don's Jerk Centre in Mitcham for the event.

Shops say no to high strength booze in binge drinking crackdown

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:29pm Friday 11th July 2014

Off licences in Croydon town centre are backing the bid to beat binge drinking by taking high strength beer and cider off their shelves.

Wandsworth businesses could save £1,000 with pink envelope

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:08pm Friday 11th July 2014

Businesses throughout Wandsworth should be on the lookout for a pink envelope which could save them £1,000 a year in business rates.

Asda to make changes in North Cheam pub takeover plan

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Plans to replace a popular pub with a supermarket received a positive response when they went on show to the public, according to the developer.

Ewell Village traders speak out after facing difficult challenges this year

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:14pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

It has been an extremely tough first half of the year for traders in Ewell Village - to say the least.

Competition could be launched for sponsor to name new 'iconic' £40m Nine Elms bridge

Wimbledon Guardian:

3:41pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A £40m pedestrian bridge connecting Nine Elms to Pimlico could be the first in the capital to be named after a commercial sponsor.

Construction to start on long-awaited £500m 'Croydon gateway' development

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:03am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The gateway to Croydon could soon swing open as construction finally begins on a long-awaited landmark development at the heart of the town.

Epsom 'worse than two years ago', says town centre survey

Wimbledon Guardian: Residents and retailers believe car parking charges in Epsom town centre are too high and stopping visitors coming to the historic market town

2:07pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Half of those who completed Epsom’s town centre survey believe it has deteriorated in the last two years.

Organ and Dra-gone: Popular Ewell pub bulldozed by supermarket chain Lidl

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:21pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Lidl has bulldozed a much-loved ex-watering hole despite pleas from the community not to do this until planning permission was granted for it to build a food store.

Independent furniture store marks 12 months in London

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Family-run independent furniture store Barker and Stonehouse is celebrating the first anniversary of its Battersea store.

Latest Nine Elms model reveals scale of billion-pound development

Wimbledon Guardian: A map of the site

8:10am Monday 30th June 2014

An unveiling of one of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe, due to transform a corner of the borough, produced mixed feelings from residents.

Entrepreneurs who escaped gang crime and homelessness launch businesses to help troubled youths

Wimbledon Guardian: Kyle Richards, 21, and Charlene Jones, 27

12:05pm Friday 20th June 2014

Two budding entrepreneurs who overcame gang crime and homelessness have secured funding to launch businesses that could transform youngsters' lives.

Richmond College and Haymarket plans get Government go ahead

Wimbledon Guardian: Vince Cable: Business Secretary supports the scheme

2:20am Friday 20th June 2014

A new secondary free school on the Richmond College site was given the go-ahead by the Government on Thursday.

Warehouse in Nine Elms to become 510 new homes and 'cultural space'

Wimbledon Guardian: A CGI of the plans

10:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

Christies Fine Arts Warehouse in Nine Elms has been given the green light to be transformed into 510 homes.

Winstanley and York Road estates earmarked by Boris for regeneration

Wimbledon Guardian: The Winstanley Estate was the object of the man's threats

5:50am Thursday 19th June 2014

Battersea’s Winstanley and York Road estates have been named as Boris Johnson's first ‘housing zones’ earmarked for regeneration.

Croydon Partnership unveils plan for 'best place to shop, work and live in south London'

Wimbledon Guardian: The development will include shops, restaurants, housing, a cinema and a bowling alley

5:20am Thursday 19th June 2014

The companies behind the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre have unveiled their community plan for Croydon today.

Times Square in Sutton High Street set for makeover

Wimbledon Guardian: The centre of change: Times Square is getting a makeover

2:39pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

Times Square will be given a refit after years of speculation over its future.

The Peel in Kingston could be demolished for student flats

Wimbledon Guardian: The Peel will close later this year

2:34pm Monday 16th June 2014

A property developer has applied to Kingston Council to demolish the borough’s most iconic live music venue - The Sir Robert Peel.

Croydon 'needs free Wi-Fi in public places'

Wimbledon Guardian: Croydon needs free public Wi-fi in public, according to the council's new cabinet member for economic development

11:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Coding classes in every primary school and free Wi-Fi in public places form part of ambitious plans to make Croydon one of Europe's key technology hubs. Do you agree? Have your say and vote in our poll

Students flats plan 'looks like something out of Planet of the Apes'

Wimbledon Guardian: The site on the corner of Milner Road and Morden Road

7:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Proposals for the corner of Milner Road and Morden Road feature insect hotels and bat boxes to attract wildlife.

Businesses must wait to find out future of Wimbledon Studios Media Village

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon Studios Media Village

5:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

A further wait for information for concerned business people in Wimbledon.

Waitrose and Morrisons battle to open new supermarket in Epsom

Wimbledon Guardian: Will Waitrose or Morrison's be coming to Epsom?

12:30pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

Exclusive: Two contrasting supermarket chains are vying to become the new store of choice in Epsom town centre.

Treasured Kew Bookshop saved from development

Wimbledon Guardian: Read on: Owner Isla Dawes

3:00am Monday 9th June 2014

A treasured bookshop hopes to be the next NeverEnding Story, after community backing saved it from closure.

All to play for in battle for Plough Lane between AFC Wimbledon and greyhound racing, inspector rules

Wimbledon Guardian: Greyhound racing in Wimbledon

11:00am Friday 6th June 2014

Exclusive: After months of deliberation an independent inspector has published his findings on the controversial Plough Lane site in Wimbledon.

Operation underway to increase number of female engineers

Wimbledon Guardian: TPS Schal director Joan Murray and managing director Frank Huidobro surrounded by some of the company's engineers

9:14am Friday 6th June 2014

These are the faces of some women who have signed up to careers in engineering and if a Croydon-based company is successful then thousands more will follow.

Burgers and beers at Dog and Fox pub boutique bedroom launch

Wimbledon Guardian: Mike Karkoszka, Megan Kearney, George Robinson and Kate Thorman from the Ski Club of Great Britain enjoying the event

2:00am Friday 6th June 2014

Violinists provided a soundtrack to the night.

Sainsbury's announces support for flagship forest commemorating World War One

Wimbledon Guardian: The plans for the Woodland Trust's Centenary Wood in Langley Vale

2:34pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sainsbury's has announced its support for the Woodland Trust's plan to create a flagship forest in Epsom to commemorate the anniversary of World War One.

Decision imminent on future of Wimbledon Studios Media Village

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon Studios Media Village

10:02am Thursday 5th June 2014

Businesses based in the Wimbledon venue have a meeting today to discuss the future of the Media Village.

Battersea entrepreneur recognised by Sir Richard Branson

Wimbledon Guardian: Sir Richard Branson and Carl Thomas

1:40am Thursday 5th June 2014

An entrepreneur has been recognised after he pitched his idea to Sir Richard Branson.

KFC Wimbledon closes for maintenance work after rat sighting

Wimbledon Guardian: Closed: KFC in The Broadway

4:49pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

KFC Wimbledon branch has closed for maintenance six days after a rat was sighted in the store.

Could Wimbledon be London's next tech hub?

Wimbledon Guardian: David Fletcher (far right) with the Wimbletech entrepreneurs

10:30am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Forget Silicon Roundabout, London’s next tech hub is blooming in an unexpected corner of south west London.

Battersea MP nominates south Asian restaurant as best in UK

Wimbledon Guardian: Amirah's Kitchen (pic Google earth)

9:44am Wednesday 4th June 2014

A south Asian restaurant has been nominated by Battersea MP Jane Ellison to take part in a competition organised by MPs.

Nando's set for New Malden?

Wimbledon Guardian: New Nando's restaurant to open soon

3:10pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Portuguese-style peri-peri purveyors Nando’s could be coming to New Malden if councillors approve a planning application later this month.

Popular South Norwood garage can be bulldozed, court rules

Wimbledon Guardian: Richard Hough, owner of Autoclutch

1:27pm Monday 2nd June 2014

A popular mechanic has been ordered to leave the garage where he has worked for 40 years so developers can bulldoze it.

EasyJet founder Stelios plans for budget food shop in Croydon grounded

Wimbledon Guardian: easyJet is planning to open a budget food shop

3:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

Budget airline easyJet has been forced to ground plans to open a cut-price supermarket in Croydon after failing to secure planning consent. 

Cheam flats plan for '1960s eyesore' Waitrose building

Wimbledon Guardian: Waitrose in The Broadway, Cheam (Picture: Google)

11:25am Friday 30th May 2014

Plans to build flats on top of a Waitrose have faced opposition from members of the community.

Cashino reels in the cash for charity

Wimbledon Guardian: It's in the bag: CHIPS co-founder Linda Lindsay and Cashino's Phil Gibbs

4:00am Friday 30th May 2014

An adult games centre has raised £100,000 in the last year to support disabled youngsters.

Apprentice runner up's wine business noses further success

Wimbledon Guardian: Tom Gearing: Check the value of your wines

2:00am Friday 30th May 2014

A wine investment company headed by BBC Apprentice runner-up Tom Gearing has launched an online service so wine investors in the UK can check the value of their wines.

Mayor of London figures refute Heathrow claims on aircraft noise

Wimbledon Guardian: Runway: Heathrow wants to build number three

5:30am Thursday 29th May 2014

Figures published by the London Mayor “blow out of the water” Heathrow’s claim that overall noise levels would fall if a third runway was built, campaigners said.

Worcester Park in Key campaign to support local businesses

Wimbledon Guardian: Loyalty card: The Worcester Park Key will save customers money if they shop local

11:30am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Local retailers are rallying together to get more shoppers down the high street.

Business Secretary attends networking event for start-up companies

Wimbledon Guardian: Working together: CPG's Soraya Lavery, Vince Cable, Start Up Richmond's Helen Roberts

2:00am Monday 26th May 2014

The Business Secretary offered his support to small businesses at a talk and networking afternoon.

Hoarding helping in the Causeway, Teddington

Wimbledon Guardian: That's better: The hoardings are covering up a vacant frontage

2:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

A colourful advertising hoarding has covered up the vacant former Bottoms Up site in the Causeway, Teddington.

Cannizaro House in Wimbledon celebrates TripAdvisor excellence award

Wimbledon Guardian: Cannizaro House in Wimbledon

1:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

Consistently outstanding reviews have meant the boutique hotel has been honoured.

Merton Council leader: I 'dominated' Federation of Small Businesses

Wimbledon Guardian: Council leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis

2:02pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

Merton's council leader has been forced to defend himself complaints he falsely claimed to be the former head of the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).








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