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
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
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. With over 20 years of dedicated Mergers & Acquisitions experience in the ‘Big 4’ and now as Director of Corporate Finance at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Mukesh has a proven 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.
- Adrian Ceney
- 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.
- Anjuu Trevedi
Anjuu heads up regional business engagement at the University of Leicester, a research intensive university in the heart of Leicester city. Anjuu, in addition to being a Board Director of LBV, is also a long standing Board Director of EMIN (East Midlands Incubation Network).
One of Anjuu’s drivers for joining LBV was to support more broadly the business community, to showcase the successful and innovative businesses and to enable greater numbers to benefit from the opportunities locally through research and innovation. Anjuu is an active member of the Leicester Innovation Week, designed to promote Leicestershire as an innovative region and to benefit our businesses. Anjuu is also involved with the Leicester Innovation Hub, STAR Accelerator, Leicester Food Park and Leicester Start-up Co-working initiatives, all part funded by European Regional Development Fund and the LLEP.
Away from work, Anjuu enjoys spending time with her partner and friends, walking and exploring beautiful terrains, especially abroad.
- 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.