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The South: Backing a diverse hive of activity

Today, our Backing Business Ambition campaign heads South – the sixth leg of our journey across Britain as we continue our search for 35 inspiring mid-sized businesses. 

Reaching from the outskirts of London over to Oxford and down to The Solent, the South of England is home to a rich and varied business community.

With industries as diverse as retail and maritime, and technology and manufacturing, there’s an abundance of high-growth businesses with bags of potential. Here, we take a look at just five of them.

A common theme among these mid-market heroes is their ambition to grow. Whether it is achieved through a focus on international expansion, moving into new markets or innovating to become a market-leader. Each of these businesses is at the top of their game.

Our own experience of investing in the region mirrors this drive and motivation. Over the years our Reading-based team has backed 55 ambitious management teams, providing £540m of investment to support their growth plans.

From backing supply chain expert Bybox, in a deal that is helping drive international growth, to investing in Poole-based BOFA, now the global leader in developing systems that extract harmful gases and particles from the air, and helping HR software specialist CIPHR continue to innovate, we’re helping our portfolio companies achieve their ambitions.

An example of this is the rapid expansion of information management specialist EDM Group, which was recently named the UK’s fastest-growing business by exports in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

There are many more mid-sized companies across the South of England with similar stand-out potential. 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

Reaching from the outskirts of London over to Oxford and down to The Solent, the South of England is home to a rich and varied business community.