LDC Ambassador Mark Beaumont Embarks on World Record Attempt

World renowned adventurer Mark Beaumont has been LDC’s corporate ambassador for more than a decade. Throughout our partnership we have supported Mark on many challenges, but as he attempts to cycle around the world in 80 days this is set to be his most extraordinary challenge yet.

From our experience in the business world, we know that ambition partnered with long-term support is a great way to achieve great things, and we are proud to support Mark on another ambitious journey.

Around the World: In Numbers

People
1 Man
Countries
15 Countries
Action
16 Hours cycling every day
Duration
80 Days
Distance
240 Miles a day
Total Distance
18,000 miles in total

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World Map with four stage route, starting and finishing in Paris
The Route Map for "Around the World in 80 Days". A total of eighteen thousand miles across the globe, in four stages:
  1. Starting from Paris, through Europe, Russia and Mongolia to Beijing and China
  2. Across Australasia
  3. Across North America from Anchorage to Halifax.
  4. The final stage will be Lisbon, through Madrid, over the Pyrenees to Paris.

International Ambition

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AMBITION

We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the international ambitions of our portfolio in the countries that Mark will be travelling through, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.

RUSSIA
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AMBITION IN RUSSIA
We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the ambitions of our portfolio in Russia, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.
75%
UK grows exports to Russia
UK exports to Russia grew by 75% between 2009 and 2012, and more than 5,800 UK traders exported goods to Russia in 2013. About 600 UK companies have a physical presence in the country.
10%
Russian expansion is icing on the cake
During LDC's two-year tenure, Ministry of Cake’s export sales increased 10% following contract wins in new markets such as Europe, Turkey, Russia and the Middle East.
140,000,000
Consumer demand driving Russian growth
Russia is home to 140 million consumers and is the most prosperous of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). It is a promising market for exporters due to the increased demand for quality British products.
POLAND
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AMBITION IN POLAND
We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the ambitions of our portfolio in Poland, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.
£178m
Polish investment strengthened Synexus in Europe
Research group Synexus opened a Polish facility as it moved to strengthen its market-leading position in Europe. The strategy supported the firm’s organic growth and when LDC exited in 2016, the business was valued at £178m.
500
Poland gives power to Clifford Thames
LDC invested in data services provider Clifford Thames, including its outsourcing centre in Krakow, Poland, in 2014. Strategic acquisitions during LDC’s tenure grew the business, which now operates across seven countries and employs almost 500 people.
38,000,000
British business has prospects in Poland
Poland has one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. With a market of 38 million consumers it offers a significant opportunity for British exporters.
6
LDC lays groundwork for Polish expansion
LDC backed the £47m MBO of Mountain Warehouse in 2010 and over the following three years helped the retailer open 60 new stores, including six in Poland.
GERMANY
International business ambition in Germany
We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the ambitions of our portfolio in Germany, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.
£178m
International operations drive success at Synexus
In 2015, LDC backed the £83m secondary buyout of clinical research group Synexus, including its operations in Germany and seven other countries. We exited in 2016 in a deal that valued the business at £178m.
3
German deal supported Clifford Thames’ global ambition
The acquisition of German firm AC Autoconsult was key to data services provider Clifford Thames’ three-year strategy. In 2017 LDC exited its investment with a sale to US-based OEConnection Holdings, having supported the firm’s international growth.
48%
Mini-Cam fuels European growth with German deal
LDC portfolio company Mini-Cam signed a deal to become the main supplier to German firm Ehle-HD, fuelling the firm’s growth in continental Europe. With revenues of £10.6m, exports now account for 48% of total turnover.
1ST
Britain goes big in Germany
Germany is the UK’s largest export market in Europe and second largest globally, after the US. The top industries importing into Germany are machines, engines and pumps, electronic equipment, vehicles and oil.
BELGIUM
International business ambition in Belgium
We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the ambitions of our portfolio in Belgium, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.
£240m
Microlease acquisition trail leads to Belgium
Testing equipment company Microlease bought Belgian firm Telogy as part of an acquisition drive that helped grow revenues almost tenfold during LDC’s tenure. This year Microlease was acquired by US-based Electro Rent Corporation for £240m.
£12.5bn
Benelux and Britain are the business
Belgium is the UK's eighth largest export market, worth £12.5bn in 2014. The Benelux countries - made up of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg - are the UK's second largest export market, after the US
70%
Fever-Tree puts down roots in Belgium

With LDC’s support, premium mixer supplier Fever-Tree considerably expanded its operations overseas, growing export sales to 70% of annual revenues. That included revising distributor partnerships in key international territories such as Belgium.

FRANCE
International business ambition in France
We take a closer look at how we’ve supported the ambitions of our portfolio in France, as well as some facts about the business and economic landscape.
£50m
Growth is on the menu at D&D
LDC backed the £50m MBO of premium restaurant group D&D in 2013. Alcazar in Paris is one of D&D’s four restaurants outside the UK, with plans for further international expansion in the near future.
x3
French acquisition supported Kirona growth
LDC invested in software developer Kirona in 2011, supporting its international expansion through the acquisition of Xmbrace, which has offices in Caen, Northern France. LDC exited the firm in 2014, having helped Kirona treble revenues.
£70m
Waterfall sale to French giant generates 2.6x return
In 2016, LDC exited its investment in Waterfall Catering Group with a sale to global food industry operator, Paris-based Elior Group. LDC’s support saw Waterfall’s revenues grow from £50m to over £70m in two years.
x1
Angus International Safety Group forms a powerful force in global firefighting
LDC portfolio company Angus Fire is part of Angus International Safety Group, which is dedicated to fire safety worldwide. The group includes Angus Fire, National Foam and Eau et Feu - the largest fire hose and foam manufacturer in France.
5th
Opportunity abounds across the channel
France is the world’s fifth largest economy and the second largest consumer market in Europe. The top industries importing into France are machines, engines and pumps, oil, vehicles, electronic equipment and aircraft.

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