LDC-backed leaders receive recognition for entrepreneurial spirit

Two LDC-backed business leaders have been recognised at this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. 

Debbie Bestwick MBE, CEO of Team17, and Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, won the ‘Disruptor’ and ‘Building a Better Working World’ awards in their respective regions. 

As a 'Disruptor' Debbie was recognised for building one of the UK’s most dynamic and successful gaming labels in the UK. She founded Team17, the market-leading games developer and publisher best known for the popular Worms franchise, in 1990 and has created a high-growth business that creates and sells a range of games worldwide. 

In an industry that has become one of the fastest moving, both in terms of business models and the way in which games are developed and distributed, Debbie was commended for having the vision and courage to create a business that challenges tradition. Discoverability is noted as one of the industry’s biggest challenges, with Debbie's agile approach recognised as a key to success. 

Paul Thandi was recognised as an entrepreneur inspired to make the world of work a better place. The CEO of the NEC Group has introduced a new in-house production team, NEC Live Productions, and regularly reinvests profits to encourage growth across the UK’s leading live exhibition, arena and conference venues.

He was commended by the judges for his relentless determination to create success for the local economy, and his commitment to providing a best-in-class experience for customers and employees alike. 

The Entrepreneur of the Year programme celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Now in its 31st year, the awards run in four regions – London and South, Midlands, North, and Scotland – and culminate in a national award event in October to announce the UK Entrepreneur of the Year. 

For more information on this year's winners, click here

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.