The latest edition of Aldermore’s Budding Businesses blog series celebrates the SMEs keeping Britain’s tennis traditions alive.
Hugh Lowe Farms
Hugh Lowe Farms are the family-owned business behind one of Wimbledon’s most iconic symbols: the strawberries. This 120 year old farming business in Kent, run by Jon and Marion Regan, has been supplying the tournament with its berries for countless years, thanks to their dedication to producing fruit of the highest quality and acting in an environmentally responsible manner.
Tower Hamlets Tennis
It is Tower Hamlets Tennis’ mission to ensure tennis is accessible to everyone, no matter what their background. The social enterprise not only holds social tennis activities on its own courts, but also supports schools and other youth associations to help them run their own tennis programmes, introducing the next generation of British tennis stars to the sport.
While the global sports brands behind professional players’ racquets and kit often gain the most recognition in tennis, Edwards Sports in Dorset is the game’s unsung hero. Trading since 1884, the business is a leading provider of tennis court equipment, including the nets at Wimbledon, and has also supplied products for other global sports events including previous Olympic Games and World Cups.
Mather and Co
Cheshire-based Mather and Co are the exhibition and design specialists behind the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, sharing the tournament’s rich history with fans from all around the world. Most recently, the company has been charged with the task of designing the museum’s latest exhibition, showcasing Wimbledon’s coveted trophies and the story behind them.
Just Rackets in Letchworth is one of a number of independent UK sports shops providing the Great British public with all the equipment they need to discover a passion for tennis. Beyond stocking all the leading brands of racquets, balls and athletic clothing, Just Rackets also has a strong focus on personal service, inviting novice players to ask their experienced staff for sporting advice.
Katherine Watkins of Watkins Physio is part of the crucial support network that ensures players’ health challenges don’t stand in the way of their career ambitions, and has been treating world-class tennis players at Wimbledon for thirteen years.
As a committed supporter of the UK’s small business community, Aldermore believes companies like these are the true champions of Wimbledon, improving the standing of the UK’s sporting economy as they encourage Britain to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
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