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Revving the Midlands Engine

For three decades LDC has been at the forefront of an evolving private equity industry in Birmingham, supporting over 150 firms in the Midlands and investing more than £1.2billion of capital, more than half of which has been invested over the last five years.

This rate of growth has cemented LDC’s position at the heart of the private equity investment community in the Midlands, with a 14-strong award-winning team located across our offices in Birmingham and Nottingham.

There’s never been a more exciting time to be in the Midlands, since we opened our first office in the region in 1987. The considerable levels of inward investment into the region in recent years with flagship projects such as the Library of Birmingham, New Street Station and opening of Grand Central, have all helped to showcase our city and reinforce the wider Midlands position as a thriving regional economy.

And Birmingham’s rate of development is showing no signs of slowing down. The future looks bright, with ongoing projects like Paradise further shining the spotlight on the city, while HS2 promises to make it even more accessible, both for business and leisure.

Against this backdrop, the opportunities to do business in the Midlands have never been greater and this positive sentiment is certainly being reflected in the buoyancy of the region’s private equity market.

The Midlands is home to a number of highly successful businesses, supported by both the skill base within the region and the drive and entrepreneurialism of the management teams to identify growth opportunities. Private equity can be a key catalyst to deliver this growth, thanks to the injection of capital, but also more broadly through the partnership between the investor and the management team sharing common motivation and strategic objectives

As such, LDC provides significantly more than just the capital to fund growth. We work with the management teams we partner with to share our strategic, market and business experience and operational expertise to help companies capitalise on opportunities. These might include acquisitions, opportunities to develop new products or enter new markets, as well as helping to develop the operational structure and processes within a business to ensure the organisation maintains pace with its rate of commercial growth.

Our approach to private equity investing is based on a committed presence in the UK regions, through-the-cycle support and a focus on small and mid-sized companies with no specific sector bias. As a generalist investor, we’re very proud to remain one of only a few private equity companies to offer genuine expertise and vast experience across the full spectrum of industries. Indeed, we support the Midlands’ diverse sectors mix, from manufacturing and logistics to technology and retail.

There can be a misconception that private equity is a funding source more suited to larger firms, but this simply isn’t the case. Our priority is to back businesses with strong leadership and growth potential rather than companies of a particular size or in a particular market segment. Indeed, our portfolio is made up of a diverse array of individual companies with annual revenues ranging from £6million to £600million, and employee numbers from 15 – 5,000. Whatever the size of business, expansion can be driven through organic growth or making complementary acquisitions, expanding into new international markets or developing new service lines, and private equity can help make this happen.

At the start of a New Year, conversations around change, progress and growth are happening in boardrooms across the Midlands.  For those management teams in the region that want to accelerate the growth of their business this year or in the future, we are on hand, ready to share our experience and help them realise their full potential.

Please read more below about the success of Away Resorts, one of the UK’s leading holiday park operators from CEO, Carl Castledine. We are supporting Carl and his team, who have grown the business by more than 20 per cent through acquisition and organic growth, since our partnership began less than two years ago.

It is this kind of innovation, entrepreneurship and ambition that creates a business deliver strong sales growth, and exactly the kind of management team we are looking to partner with in the Midlands in 2017 and beyond.