We are delighted to welcome back our highly qualified judging panel to assess which businesses should be crowned winners of the Leamington Business Awards 2017.

Sarah Tremellen MBE

Sarah is the Founder of Bravissimo, a multi-channel lingerie and clothing retailer based in Leamington. Sarah started the business in 1995 following her own frustrating attempts to buy lingerie when her bra size increased when she was pregnant. Her aim was to provide a really good choice of bras in big cup sizes and to provide an environment where women could celebrate their curves and feel positive about their figures.

Over the last 20 years Sarah has developed Bravissimo from a tiny start up business into a company with a turnover of £50m employing 750 people. 240 of these employees are in Leamington in the company’s head office, fulfilment centre and Regent Street shop. Bravissimo now has 28 shops and a mail order and online business selling to lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and clothing to women all over the world.

Sarah and Bravissimo have won numerous awards including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year and Drapers Best Lingerie retailer. Bravissimo has been in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for from 2007-2017. In 2009 Sarah was awarded an MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship.

Sarah said ‘At Bravissimo we are very proud to be a Leamington based business, and I am delighted to be asked to judge the Leamington Business Awards again this year. The awards are a great way to showcase the many and varied businesses in the town and the quality and breadth of the entries last year was excellent. We are very lucky to have so many talented people and successful enterprises in Leamington and I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.

David Hanson MA, FRSA

David is currently Chief Executive of IAPS, a private education group with 670 schools in UK and overseas. He started his career teaching in London comprehensive schools and much later led school building project management for ULT Academies and EC Harris, the built-asset management group.

During his career David has been Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards Trust, President of the Association of Assessment Inspectors and Advisers and Editor of the British Journal of Curriculum and Assessment.

David was one of the five founding members of the Leamington Business Forum and also founded the itrust charity. David has provided consultancy in Europe, Asia, Africa the Gulf States and North America, where he led seminars on creativity and leadership at the J Paul Getty Trust.

Jonathan Smith

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.’

Roger Scott, Area Director, SME Banking, Lloyds Bank

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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 and the FSB to champion the needs of local business.

A real advocate of the Leamington micro economy Roger is really keen to see the best that Leamington has to offer

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