The Leamington Business Forum is part of Business Forums Ltd which also runs the Stratford Business Forum and a number of speciality sector business groups including those for Women in Business, the Property and Charity sectors. Business Forums also runs the Stratford and Leamington Business Shows in Autumn and Spring respectively. The membership of the Business Forum has over 200 local businesses and organisations from across all sectors and sizes all working towards creating a vibrant business community across this region.
Jonathan’s ethos, and that which he promotes within and through the Business Forums, is one of ‘Local supporting local’. He was part of the inaugural committee that established the Leamington Business Awards and is passionate about promoting local entrepreneurship and enterprise both within the region and further afield including via the annual South Warwickshire @ Parliament Day event each December.
‘I am delighted to be invited to the Judges panel and look forward to being impressed by all the fine businesses and organisations worthy of recognition and award.’
Louise Richards established Motionhouse in 1988 with Kevin Finnan MBE, the company’s Artistic Director. Now in its 30th year, Motionhouse is an internationally acclaimed touring dance-circus company based in Leamington Spa.
Louise is the driving force behind Motionhouse’s trailblazing journey and global success. Her vision shapes the company’s activity and strategic direction and her skill for recognising opportunities has enabled Motionhouse to set rather than follow trends.
Originally a dancer and choreographer, Louise is closely involved with the Motionhouse performing company and it is also under Louise’s direction that Motionhouse has developed a wide reaching education and outreach programme, reaching on average 10,000 young participants annually.
A leader in her sector, Louise is regularly invited to attend and speak at events and acts as a mentor for young performers and arts organisations. She has also developed a range of apprenticeships and professional development strands to the Motionhouse programme.
David Hanson MA, FRSA
David helps people and companies to outperform. He has provided consultancy in UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. During his career David has been a CEO and Executive Director for public and private sector education, built asset management and charity groups.
David was a founding member of the Leamington Business Forum and is a judge for the Leamington Business Awards. David also founded the itrust charity, which supports young people in need.
Sarah is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Emerald Group, an IT consultancy based in Leamington. The Group works with businesses and organisations wanting to harness technology to achieve their desired goals. She is a Board Director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership leading on economic growth of the local digital sector and a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Digital Board working with stakeholders to address the barriers to Digital Transformation across the region.
Passionate about our future digital talent, Sarah is on the Industry Advisory Board at Warwickshire College and working with Ukie and Next Generation Skills to bring their national programmes to our local area. She is also a Governor at Myton School and an Enterprise Advisor at Campion School supporting young people to ensure positive outcomes for all.
Sarah is an active member of the Leamington community organising the Camouflage Festival in 2016 and working with local charities such as the Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball Team and British Blind Sport.
Roger Scott, Area Director, SME Banking, Lloyds Bank
Roger has been an active member of the South Warwickshire business community for over 20 years. Starting with Lloyds Bank over 30 years ago.
Appointed Area Director South Midlands for Lloyds SME Banking in 2015, previously working as a relationship manager and actively involved in understanding and supporting client business plans.
Leading a team of eight relationship managers, Roger has experience of business in wide range of sectors, from start up through to £20m turnover.
With specialist experience in Retail, Construction, Professional Services, Tech, Hospitality and Tourism sectors.
Latterly working with Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and University of Warwick Science Park to campion the needs of local businesses.
A real advocate of the Leamington micro economy Roger is really keen to see the best that Leamington has to offer