Merton Business Awards: Interview with CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce
The Merton Best Business Awards is a celebration of all things local. We talk to the CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce, Diana Sterck, to find out more
In this tough economic climate it’s hard to believe that there are thriving businesses and entrepreneurs who are making their way in the world by building solid foundations and providing employment to the local community. But there are…
That’s why the Merton Best Business Awards and their #MertonBest campaign is an important tool to shine a spotlight on all these hardworking people in the borough. Now in its seventh year, the awards prove that there is a keen appetite for success. CEO of the Merton Chamber of Commerce Diana Sterck agrees, and is looking forward to the Awards launch on 13 March at the South Thames Colleges Group.
“Keeping it local for us is the key and a win-win for all those involved,” explains Diana. “The Awards are in their seventh year and time and time again we are seeing successful businesses share their great performance and resilience in this particular economic environment. Every one of the winners will say what a difference it has made to their business. Such is the motivation and the feel-good factor element of taking home an award.”
Diana also encourages all those who work from home to put themselves forward, too. “There are around 4,000 home-based businesses,” she says. “And who, perhaps have to juggle other jobs as well as their own enterprises. I really feel they also deserve recognition for the work that they do.” This year, there are some key changes to the categories including two new awards for Best Large Business for those with over 100 employees, and a Top Woman in Business category. Celebrating women’s achievements can only be a positive move and one Diana wholeheartedly supports. “With International Women’s Day on the 8 March as well as the #BalanceforBetter campaign running throughout the year, it’s important that we acknowledge women who have got to the top of their fields and are paving the way for others to do the same,” Diana says. “Meanwhile, for the first time ever, we’re also opening up the awards to larger businesses to apply – those with a dedicated business operation in the borough – whether they’re national or international businesses.”
“With International Women’s Day on the 8 March as well as the #BalanceforBetter campaign running throughout the year, it’s important that we acknowledge women who have got to the top of their fields and are paving the way for others to do the same.”
With applications opening next week, Diana wants to emphasise the importance of the awards in not only celebrating the achievements of businesses and all those involved but the importance of the local area. “I think our 2019 categories really get to the heart of best practice – how businesses and the people within them are empowered and valued as part of overall success,” she says. “There really is something for everyone. We have categories for businesses giving back to the community, we’re also looking for positive moves in providing support for health and wellbeing of staff, as well as a keen awareness of environmental issues.”
Finalists will find out if they will be crowned champions at a glittering gala event to be held at the prestigious All England Lawn Tennis Club in September and it’s an evening that Diana says rewards excellence. “The Merton Best Business Awards really celebrates businesses in these difficult and challenging times, and offer a way to differentiate businesses from competitors. We can’t wait to see who enters and wish all the very best of luck!”
Time & Leisure are proud to be chosen as Media Partner of the Merton Best Business Awards for the seventh year running. For more information about the awards, how to enter, top tips and more visit the Merton Business website.