The North West: Backing a Regional Powerhouse

Today, our Backing Business Ambition campaign arrives in the North West – the second leg of our journey across Britain in search of 35 inspiring medium-sized firms.

As the heart of the northern powerhouse project, and with a reputation for innovation and enterprise dating back centuries, it's hardly surprising to see such a high calibre of businesses on show.

Although the area is renowned for its clusters in biosciences, technology and creative industries, it's the sheer diversity of the business landscape that's most striking – and our top five standout firms underline this point. 

Once again, their stories provide a snapshot of the region's unique attitude. Each one has a clear ambition to make waves in their chosen markets – through leadership, innovation, growth, exports, and often all of the above. Their ambitions are bold, and global. Standing behind them are management teams with the determination to make them happen. 

This reflects our own experience of investing in the region. In the last 15 years, our Manchester team has backed over 50 management teams, providing some £640m of equity to support their growth.

In almost every sector – from engineering and specialist manufacturing to technology, retail and business services – we’re working with outstanding firms who are striding ahead as a result of our partnership.

ATG Access, whose vehicle barriers are used to protect buildings all over the world; Mini-Cam, whose innovative inspection cameras are helping major players in energy and waste in 25 countries; Ellis Whittam, whose outsourced HR, employment law and health and safety services are helping over 10,000 firms.

Each one, a success story that's still only half told.

What's more, there are dozens more mid-sized firms across the region with that same world-class potential – and we're on point, ready to help management teams get there.

Read more about LDC’s Backing Business Ambition campaign in partnership with the Daily Telegraph in today’s edition, or visit the online hub

Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.