The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

This year, supported by The Telegraph, we have scoured the length and breadth of the UK to uncover and celebrate 50 of the UK’s most inspirational business leaders.

While entries are now closed, selection of the final top 50 will begin over the coming weeks, with successful candidates contacted for interview.

These individuals will not only have a track record of delivering standout business results while making a measurable contribution to their region’s economy, they will consistently demonstrate the ambition, drive and determination to succeed.

Profiles of each leader will be serialised weekly from the 4th September in The Telegraph newspaper.

Our panel of judges will then convene in October to decide an overall winner - the one individual who best embodies the spirit of entrepreneurial vision and endeavour.

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"The stories we uncover will not only remind us all of the scale of ambition and endeavour that this country has to offer, it should also inspire other entrepreneurs, and help them to pursue their dreams."

Rebecca Burn-Callander is the former Enterprise Editor for the Telegraph and is also an Editor and Judge for The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders.

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Backing Business Ambition

We have previously uncovered and celebrated some of the standout success stories that make the British economy such a vibrant place to do business. Read more about ambitious businesses from every corner of the UK and how ambition and partnership enabled success for the World-Record breaker Mark Beaumont.

Ambitious Partnerships

LDC is different from other private equity houses. Our proven success in helping so many management teams grow their businesses over the last 35 years is truly unique.

“We’d like to thank LDC for its support over the last 10 years on what has been an incredible growth journey that has seen our business grow from strength to strength, enabling us to develop into a leading pallet distribution business that we are today."

Mark Duggan, Chief Executive, The Pallet Network


LDC originally invested £16.5m in global games label Team17 in 2016 to support the company’s international expansion and product development. Revenues increased significantly by 119% and EBITDA by 111%.

In May 2018 Team17 completed a £217m listing on London’s AIM market.

LDC’s partnership has helped Away Resorts become one of the UK’s leading holiday park operators, from initial investment to follow on funding to support acquisitions and organic developments.


Jon Wood, the Commercial Director of Seabrook Crisps, explains the company’s growth journey from a family fish-and-chip shop to an exporter of snacks as far afield as Dubai and China.

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