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Welcome to Leicestershire Business Voice

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.

Our key objectives:

  • 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.
Jane Cowley
Chair
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Jane Cowley

Jane is a Partner for Gateley Legal. She is an experienced family lawyer and advises clients on all aspects of relationship and family matters. She has a particular interest in complex financial issues, involving owner-managed businesses, company restructuring, offshore assets and issues of liquidity and taxation.

Jane regularly works with high net worth individuals with high net assets cases, many involving private limited companies and public limited companies, and shareholding and taxation issues. She has dealt with several cases with assets in excess of £20 million, cases with complex overseas trusts, and cases with offshore assets, and a number of high value clients who were resident overseas.

Jane is also a member of De Montfort University Legal Advisory Board and a collaborative lawyer. She 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.

She has acted for solicitors, accountants, bankers, doctors, professors, leading sports people, entertainment artists, and clients not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally. A large proportion of her cases have involved wealthy business people, many of whom are high profile.

Robin Pointon
Vice Chair
Mukesh Bulsara
Director
Adrian Ceney
Director
Neil McGhee
Director
Roger Merchant
Director
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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
Director
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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.

Anjuu Trevedi
Director
Graham Watts
Director
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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.

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