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A Shared Ambition – For 35 years

At LDC, we’ve been backing the ambitions of British business since 1981. Through boom and bust, in recession and recovery, our teams have supported the growth aspirations of almost 550 small and mid-sized companies - the backbone of the UK economy - investing nearly £4 billion of equity along the way.

Over three and half decades, we’ve partnered with some truly outstanding management teams, building some truly outstanding businesses.

From the high street with Mountain Warehouse, Card Factory and Joules to hi-tech with easynet, Metronet and Property Software Group; from must-have brands St Tropez, ghd and Fever Tree, to industrials success stories like Electrium, Aim Aviation and MB Aerospace; from specialist healthcare with Aesica, Penn Pharma and Quantum Pharmaceuticals to mass media with Orion and Ocean Outdoor.

Whilst each story is as unique as the next, it is ambition – a determination in times of opportunity and a courage in times of challenge – which unites them all.

And from our very first investment in the Government-owned National Freight Company back in the early 1980s, to our most recent investments of 2016, our own ambition has always been the same – to help those businesses reach their potential and build lasting value.

To mark this important milestone in LDC’s history, we wanted to provide a place to share some of those stories with our community, creating a collection of articles and videos on the singular theme of business ambition – what it takes to strive and to succeed.

We’ll also be hosting content around our new campaign run in partnership with the Daily Telegraph, which features 35 of Great Britain’s most ambitious businesses today – firms with that same determination to innovate, to grow, to lead and to export, and to become the standout businesses of tomorrow.

And, over the course of the year, we’ll be sharing our insights from management teams past and present, our non-executive network and our partners in industry, painting a picture of business ambition from every perspective.

We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy sharing them.

Whilst each story is as unique as the next, it is ambition – a determination in times of opportunity and a courage in times of challenge – which unites them all.