At LBV we sit at the heart of our local business community, providing representation, information and guidance, supporting our members and the wider business community at local and regional levels. We help Leicestershire businesses thrive, working with local and regional decision makers to shape and influence policy affecting our economy. No matter the size or type of your business, or whether your objectives are on a local, national or global scale, at LBV we can help you meet your goals.
LBV was created by business professionals within the city and council who recognised a need for a focal point where the experience and expertise of business people could be used for the benefit of the business and local community. LBV includes organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, and high on the LBV agenda is helping local businesses thrive, so we work with key decision makers to stimulate debate, raise areas of concern and shape policy affecting businesses. LBV is a non-profit making organisation, controlled by a Board of Directors, who on behalf of the membership are responsible for establishing the overall strategic direction of the business.
For LBV to play a leading role in helping Leicester and its surrounding area be a great place to do business in a changing world.
Influence… the decision-making bodies, being a critical friend and supporting actions that lead to better business
Inform… its members on key developments and how they can contribute to the overarching goal
Initiate… develop activities, partnerships and promote innovation to enhance Leicester, making it a great place to do business
ENABLERS and ASSETS
Our members… their funds, influence, networks, knowledge, and skills
Our directors… their influence, programmes, knowledge, and skills
Our stakeholders… their influence, programmes, knowledge, and skills
- Chamber of Commerce
- Institute of Directors
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Mayor’s Office / Leicester City Council
- University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University
- Local business media – Leicester Mercury and Business Insider
- BID Leicester
- Unaffiliated business groups and business networks (e.g. start-up networks, independent trader groups, professional creative communities)
Our events and communication channels… via social media/website and relationships with local media. Our 2022 events programme to cover graduate retention, building back better, Space Park Leicester, the proposed Workplace Parking Levy in Leicester and much more.
To be flexible, innovative, and visionary – we believe that with imagination, direction and determination, Leicester and Leicestershire can thrive as a modern, global business centre.
To promote and reflect the diversity and vitality of Leicester in respect of business sectors and demographics
A ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to learn and support business interests
Recognise the economic and social value of business
To have a voice on the local issues that concern local business.
To receive updates on developments in and around Leicester that impact on local business and raise awareness of businesses within the LBV community.
Have opportunities to network and collaborate on initiatives that benefit LBV members and the city.
Provide a forum to discuss, debate and collaboratively solve challenges and issues specific to the area.
- To be a voice for business in the city of Leicester, radiating to the county
- Maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders and members, influencing, connecting and agitating, on behalf of Leicestershire business
- Maintaining key relationships with key stakeholders who directly shape our context and impact our businesses.
- Representing Leicestershire businesses on the Midlands Engine Debate
- Focusing on city centre regeneration, transport and connectivity, employability and talent retention, and ensuring Leicester is a good place to do business
- Robin Pointon
Raised in Yorkshire, Robin has lived in Leicester since 1985. In the that time, he has worked for Arriva, Leicestershire County Council and Leicester Shire Promotions. In 2008, he set up his own business, Go Travel Solutions, a specialist sustainable transport consultancy. Also during that time, the West End of Leicester has become his home with a family of five.
He aims to make a positive difference in the work he does with a desire to see individuals and organisations develop and grow. Motivated by Christian faith, he seeks to bring honesty, energy and creativity in the work he does. He is a keen supporter of Bradford City…and of course the many sporting teams of Leicester!
- Mukesh Bulsara
A graduate of Warwick Business School and a Chartered Accountant, Mukesh is a specialist Corporate Finance Lead Advisor. Mukesh is a partner at Coadax LLP and has over 25 years of dedicated mergers & acquisitions experience with a track record of leading teams on successful transactions across a wide range of sectors, locally and worldwide.
Interacting daily with companies, lawyers, bankers, accountants and other business professionals, Mukesh provides strategic and forward-thinking advice to his clients and to the LBV board.
Proud to be Leicester born and bred, Mukesh is a passionate supporter of Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Riders Basketball Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. He is also a very keen Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket League club cricketer.
- Neil McGhee
Neil McGhee lives and works in the city, but is keen to see our whole area become a great place to grow businesses. Since 2002, he has grown Sempervox from start up to managing business networks, their calls and business data – helping companies run their business from anywhere in the world.
As an LBV Director, he wants to hear business issues, raise awareness and drive their resolution into the ‘bodies’ responsible for improving the business environment within Leicestershire. To make this happen, he has joined the main board of the LLEP, representing LBV. He also now chairs the developing Business Gateway Board and to help improve the commercial skills of young people, has joined WQE as an Enterprise Advisor and now a Governor.
- Roger Merchant
Roger is a Chartered Accountant and partner at UHY Hacker Young. Roger works with a wide range of charities and larger family businesses, providing accounting, audit, tax and strategic advice. During his career Roger has worked in London and Warsaw before moving to the East Midlands in 1995. In his spare time, he is a Trustee/Director of Warwick Care Homes, Derby Museums, Leicester College and Leicester Business Voice, as well as a Council member for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, representing Leicestershire. Roger is married to Jo and they live in Loughborough. They have four grown up sons, three of whom are also Chartered Accountants. His leisure activities include football (Leicester City season ticket holder), travel and golf (18 handicap).
- Dafydd Prichard
Dafydd is a director and co-owner of Cite, an independent digital marketing agency. One of Dafydd’s drivers for joining LBV was to ensure the city’s burgeoning creative technology sector is properly represented alongside traditional professions. Dafydd is also involved with Create Leicester, Design Season and Leicester’s Smart Cities initiative. Away from work, Dafydd enjoys drawing/painting and spending time outdoor, cycling abroad and exploring Wales’ wildest mountains with his partner, Shami, and their four grown-up children.
- Graham Watts
Graham is proud to have been born, raised and educated in Leicester, and has lived in the county all of his life. He has worked for three major banks and for the last six years with Santander, specialising in Invoice Finance. Having worked with so many businesses and advisors in the area, he aims to use his knowledge and connections for the benefit of the wider business community in Leicestershire. He is married with three grown up children and in his spare time, enjoys running, going to the Phoenix, reading, cooking and watching sport – his favourite teams being Leicester City, Leicester Tigers & Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
- Jane Cowley
Jane is a Family Law Partner at Geldards LLP. She is an experienced family lawyer and advises clients on all aspects of relationship and family matters including complex financial issues, involving owner-managed businesses, company restructuring, offshore assets and issues of liquidity and taxation.
Jane was a previous Chair of LBV and has returned as a board member. She is a member of the De Montfort University Legal Advisory Board and a collaborative lawyer. Jane is often called on to advise BBC radio and television on family law matters and is proud to be a legal adviser for ITV Emmerdale.
Jane lives in Leicestershire and her legal practice extends across the East Midlands.
- Iain McKenzie
Iain was born in Scotland and moved to Leicester over 20 years ago to study design management at De Montfort University. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer, manager of the Tower Climbing Centre for Leicester City Council, a freelance consultant and chaired the BMC Competition Committee while climbing was bidding to become an Olympic sport. He joined Mattioli Woods in August 2018 as an Executive Risk Consultant before progressing to his current role as Group Operating Officer.
One of Iain’s key strengths is a clear understanding of change and risk management, which has enabled him to engage with a wide variety of people at every level of his working life, from teaching autistic children through to advising board directors of listed companies. Out of work, he enjoys being outside with his family, rock climbing, mountaineering, biking and travelling in his camper van.
- Sandra Wiggins
Sandra co-founded her jointly owned business, DPI, in 2014, following corporate roles in the world of engineering, manufacturing and international logistics. She has launched several businesses, one of which led her to become a publican and another a self-employed administration, accounting and management specialist.
Sandra is the founder of Authentically Balanced, helping the SME manufacturing community to create cultural change by engaging their stakeholders to invest in behavioural and psychology safety through EQ hearts and minds leadership, coaching and mentoring.
Sandra is an LLEP Innovation board and steering group member, Co Vice-Chair for the Leicestershire Manufacturing Network, and a MAKE UK Regional Advisory Board member.
She is passionate about making a difference for the SME and manufacturing communities, driving change, and using her voice to highlight and address disparities.