Meet The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

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

This is part of our ongoing Backing Business Ambition initiative to shine a light on UK medium sized businesses; the unsung heroes of the British economy. Over the last few years, we have showcased some of the UK’s best and boldest companies. Now we are focusing in on the true heroes: the ambitious leaders themselves.

We have been overwhelmed by more than 400 high-quality nominations for business leaders all over the UK, each with their own unique story to tell. These individuals not only have a track record of delivering standout business results while making a measurable contribution to their region’s economy, they consistently demonstrate the ambition, drive and determination to succeed.

We showcased the LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders in The Telegraph and selected the Ones to Watch – the ambitious leaders tipped for great things. Our panel of judges also decided on the Most Ambitious Business Leader, the one individual who best embodies the spirit of entrepreneurial vision and endeavor. You can read all of their stories here.

Meet our Top 50

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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.

“LDC are insightful and supportive investors who have worked closely with the ByBox team to formulate and execute a successful strategy."

Stuart Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, ByBox


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.

Contact us

If you’d like to find out more about how a partnership with LDC can help you grow your business, get in touch with one of our experienced investment professionals.

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