Denise Lovering has been a leading figure throughout the Caerphilly and wider South East Wales business community for 25 years.
Having joined Bedwas-based Glenside Commercials Ltd in 1994, Denise played a leading role in building and growing the business from a team of 4 people with a turnover of £100,000 to a workforce of almost 100 with annual sales exceeding £13 million today.
In 2014, Denise was appointed as Chair of Caerphilly Business Forum at what was an important stage in the development of the Forum. Central to her work with the Forum has been the drive to raise the profile of the organisation as the voice for local business and encouraging closer collaboration not just between its members but also with the local community – especially schools.
Being a local business leader, Denise understands at first hand the need to work with local schools and colleges and help them to educate young people on the real-world practical skills that employers need and those that will increase their job prospects once they leave education.
As Chair of the Caerphilly Business Forum, Denise plays an active role supporting local businesses on how they might benefit from what the Cardiff City Region and City Deal can offer them. This compliments the role she also plays as a member of the Cardiff City Region Council for the South Wales Chamber of Commerce - a voice for both the transport sector and members of the Forum.
A key focus for Denise continues to be the Working Women Network – a joint partnership between the Cwm a Mynydd RDP programme and Caerphilly Business
Forum that was established in 2014. The Network provides a unique opportunity for locally based women to meet and share experiences through a variety of networking and events that add value to their businesses in a fun and informal setting.
Away from business, Denise is a key supporter of the Wellbeing of Future Generations and Lansbury Park - ranked the most deprived area of Wales.