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About Us

Network LE is an open networking group for Leicester's professional business community.


Founded in 2010 by a group of professionals who wanted to meet and connect with other professionals in Leicester.


We hold events throughout the year to bring the business community together to network, build relationships and most importantly have fun. 


There are no annual fees, although some events do require payment prior to attendance. Please see our events calendar. All events can be booked either by contacting us or using Eventbrite. 

Since 2010 Network LE has grown from strength to strength with breakfast events attracting upwards of 80 attendees and the annual dinner attending over 310 people. We hope to make Network LE bigger and better every year. 

To discuss anything relating to Network LE people contact once of our committee members. 


Events Calendar

Join Network LE for our first virtual networking event with guest Sir Peter Soulsby.
Wednesday 10 February 2021
9.00am - 11.00am, online
Tickets are £10 with 50% being donated to FareShare East Midlands.
Please book your place here.

Sir Peter Soulsby, City Update


Our Sponsors

Gateley Plc is the legal business of law-led professional services group, Gateley. We provide collaborative, straight-talking legal advice with a cut-through commercial edge. We focus on making the complex simple.


We operate from offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading and Dubai.


Our specialist teams cover all aspects of legal services.  In 2015, we made legal history by becoming the UK’s first commercial law firm to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves, incentivise our people to retain and attract the best talent in the industry and diversify by acquiring complementary business services.


For further details on Gateley Plc please visit or follow us on Twitter

RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally. We have around 3500 partners and staff in the UK and access to more than 41400 people in over 120 countries across the RSM network.


Our Leicester team is based at Rivermead House, Grove Park.


Although we can proudly trace our UK roots back to the 19th Century, through founding firms operating in London and Liverpool, from 1988 to 2015 the firm was known as Baker Tilly.


On the 26 October 2015 the firm adopted the name RSM and united under a single global brand with RSM audit, tax and consulting firms across the world.

Cambridge & Counties Bank is a unique partnership between two established and respected institutions - Trinity Hall, Cambridge & Cambridgeshire Local Government Pension Fund.


We specialise in helping customers with their savings and lending needs and we know that the success of your organisation is key to making sure our economy as a whole can flourish.


At Cambridge & Counties Bank we’ve created a service that brings back some of the great elements of a traditional bank, combining these with all the speed, efficiency and know-how that’s needed in the modern day. We offer a personal service that’s straightforward, fast and flexible.

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Mattioli Woods is one of the UK's leading providers of Wealth Management and Employee Benefit Services.


We are one of the UK’s leading providers of wealth management and employee benefit services, administering over 10,000 clients and holding £8.3 billion of assets. We pride ourselves in building long-term relationships to provide trusted advice, high standards, and a personalised delivery.


Our Leicester team is based at Grove Park and we also have offices in Aberdeen, Buckingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newmarket, Preston, and Solihull.


Serjeants is a dynamic firm of UK and European patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys based in the East Midlands.


Serjeants was established as an independent firm in Leicester in 1978. Since 2015 its head office has been based in Leicester’s hi-tech innovation hub next to the National Space Centre.


We’re experts in intellectual property. Our specialist team has a wealth of experience and can give you clear, commercially relevant, tailored advice to help you protect your business.

Our clients include multi-national corporations, SMEs and universities as well as people who just want to protect their ideas and secure their future. The subject matter may be complex but our approach is always the same: friendly, flexible and professional.

Our philosophy is simple. If you have good quality financial information you can make informed decisions. However, good information without the foresight and skills to implement decisions, or lack of decision making can result in a missed opportunity.


The staff of Cedar Business Solutions have experience in both professional offices and the commercial environment. Our team is able to expand quickly by using specialists in different areas of expertise.

We have found that understanding how to retain cash when possible and how to access additional funding lines when the business needs cash is vital to any business.


Our breadth of knowledge over many different types of business allows us to find staff with an understanding of how your market works and hopefully brings a slightly different approach than you may have seen before.

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In the centre of Leicester City, De Montfort University (DMU) has played a pivotal role in the  business community since its beginnings as Leicester School of Art in 1860. Courses were designed in response to the changing needs of Leicester’s biggest industries, hosiery, engineering and shoe trade. Today the nature of the city’s core business and the way DMU works with them are radically different.


The university works alongside companies to provide professional development courses, develop product ideas and identify commercial opportunities. 


DMU aims to be the business partner of choice for companies looking to develop and grow in Leicestershire.

Eileen Richards Recruitment is an authentic consultancy based within Leicester city centre that pride themselves on providing a first-class, bespoke service to clients and candidates alike.

Developing an outstanding reputation across the East Midlands, the team have quickly expanded and have added additional sectors to their portfolio, including Directors and Non-Exec.

The business is incredibly active within the local community, supporting Leicestershire based charities, networking groups and prestigious award ceremonies.

Eileen Richards Recruitment is delighted to join Network LE as a committee member and be part of their ambitious future, connecting and supporting even more of Leicester’s leading business professionals.

Pick Everard provides the complete consultancy service needed to deliver property and construction projects. Delivered through 13 UK offices, the firm employs over 500 staff, and has operated for over 150 years within the UK property market.

Our aim is clear; to be the Most Highly Regarded Consultant in the Property and Construction Industry. We believe the industry can do better – delivering programme and project more efficiently, more collaboratively and with better outcomes for clients, their stakeholders and communities.

Our collaborative ethos, range of technical expertise and early adoption of innovation sets us apart in the market and ensures we deliver value for money for our clients and positively contribute to the industry as a whole.

2XL Commercial Finance  has nearly two hundred years of collective experience in the commercial finance and banking sector, allowing us to offer our clients the best business advice to help secure the finance required. From working with clients across a wide variety of sectors including, hospitality, student housing/accommodation, manufacturing, real estate and construction, we’ve gained the knowledge and experience to understand each industry to help meet client requirements and expectations.

At 2XL Commercial Finance, they believe in working in unison with clients. They take the time needed to understand your business, objectives and requirements in order to source the appropriate commercial finance solution.

Creative Direction was founded in London in 1990 and has since opened offices in Cornwall and Leicester, servicing clients across the UK. We are an independent, integrated and imaginative agency working in corporate identity/branding, design for print, packaging, social media/pr and web/digital design.

Our talent and broad experience enables us to provide truly dynamic and creative solutions for all your promotional and marketing needs.

We work closely with our clients, understanding their unique and individual requirements and we create solutions that really work – without exception our clients can pinpoint the day we started working with them and the positive impact we have made on their business.


The Team

Jo Duddle

Member since 2017

Committee Role: Events team. 

Associate Director, Accounts and Business Advisory at RSM in the Accounts and Financing Team. Specialise in small businesses below the audit threshold.


John Phillips 

Member since 2015

Committee Role: Bookkeeping and Accounts Officer. 

New Business Manager at Cedar Business Solutions.

Tom Mayne

Member since 2018

Committee Role: Events team. 

Wealth management consultant at Mattioli Woods PLC. 

Virginia Gamble 

Member since 2017

Committee Role: Events team

Wealth management consultant at Mattioli Woods PLC.

Aarti Raj

Member since 2019

Director at Pick Everard


Claire Herbert

Founding Member (2010) 

Committee Role: First Chair. 

Partner at Gateley PLC. Solicitor specialising in Commercial Dispute Resolution.

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Gemma Ryan

Member since 2015

Committee Role: Second Chair.

Associate at Serjeants LLP. 

Solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Specialising in Intellectual Property Law. 

Adam Jolley

Member since 2012

Committee Role: Banking Officer


Director at 2XL Commercial Finance


Greg Simpson 

Founding Member (2010) 

Committee Role: PR and Events team

Founder and Director of Press for Attention Ltd. 

Journalist and published author on PR, specialising in B2B Public Relations

Jo Duddle

Member since 2017

Committee Role: Events team. 

Associate Director, Accounts and Business Advisory at RSM in the Accounts and Financing Team. Specialise in small businesses below the audit threshold.


John Phillips 

Member since 2015

Committee Role: Bookkeeping and Accounts Officer and Social Media. 

New Business Manager at Cedar Business Solutions.

Maxine Eversfield 

Member since 2018

Committee Role: Social Media and Events team 

Recruitment Business Manager at Eileen Richards Recruitment Ltd.

Tammy Meahan

Member since 2018

Committee Role: Social Media and Website Officer. 

Business Outreach Officer

Enterprise and Business Relations Directorate De Montfort University

Tom Mayne

Member since 2018

Committee Role: Events team. 

Wealth management consultant at Mattioli Woods PLC. 

Raquel Lesta

Member since 2020

Marketing Executive at Pick Everard

Fiona Debney

Member since 2020

Legal Director at Gateley Legal

Dom Shaw

Member since 2020

Marketing Director at Creative Direction

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