London: Backing firms with their eyes on the prize

Today, our Backing Business Ambition campaign arrives in London – the final destination on our journey across Britain to seek out and showcase 35 inspiring mid-sized businesses.

Admired as one of the greatest cities in the world, it's a complex business landscape of multiple ecosystems, each one a world-beater in its own right. This unique community has helped to make London the fastest growing region in the UK since 2012.

From the financial juggernauts of the Square Mile and Canary Wharf to the creative cluster in the West End and the tech hotspot in the East, there’s a diverse range of businesses right across London that are continuing to thrive. Here, we take a look at just five of them. 

While these businesses may be headquartered in London, it’s by no means the limit of their operations. These firms are expanding in the UK and overseas, they are investing in their products and services and they have management teams that are leading from the front.

They mirror the ambition of the city they call home and it’s this that forms the foundations of their success.

Our own experience of investing in London is not dissimilar. Over the last 35 years we have supported more than 200 management teams in the city. We have provided £1.3bn of financial firepower to help these businesses to grow, in turn supporting 6,500 jobs in the region.

From investing in, the UK’s largest independent agent of ski holidays and cruises, and helping the business generate sales in excess of £200m a year, to backing the £50m management buy-out of premium restaurant group D&D London. We’re helping businesses to deliver their growth ambitions.

Although we have 35 years’ experience under our belt, it’s clear we’ve not even scratched the surface of the opportunity. There are hundreds of mid-sized companies across London that have the same world-class potential, and we can’t wait to meet them and play a part in their growth journey.

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

Our capital is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is made up of many economic districts, all world-beaters in their own right, and has been the fastest growing region in the UK since 2012

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.