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Being named as the UK’s Most Ambitious Business Leader in 2021 was really uplifting, it was also amazing for Oddbox to receive the recognition it has had as a force for good.”

Emilie Vanpoperinghe
Founder, Oddbox

Now in its fourth year, the Top 50 seeks to uncover the UK’s most exceptional entrepreneurs. While all of this year’s business leaders are winners, a number of them have excelled in several areas, from scaling up internationally to commitments to innovation and sustainability. The winners of this year’s LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme have the drive and expertise to lead economic recovery and keep Britain great, says Rebecca Burn-Callander. Read the full article.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Founder, Oddbox

Emilie founded Oddbox with her husband in 2016 to tackle global food waste and since then the company has grown to deliver more than three million boxes of surplus, unwanted or misshapen fruit and vegetables to customers across the UK. The judges commended Emilie for not only growing a business that is creating jobs and generating economic value, having grown 40-fold since 2018, but for rapidly building a brand that is committed to tackling food waste - one of the biggest contributors to climate change.

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Meet our full Top 50 ambitious business leaders. These leaders have adapted and evolved their companies in changing times, proving that the pandemic hasn’t curbed the ambition of the UK mid-market. They continue to take considered risks and follow their gut instinct to go for growth, no matter the economic backdrop. Here you can read their inspiring stories of determination, innovation, ambition and resilience.

Meet The LDC Top 50

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders is dedicated to celebrating these entrepreneurial individuals, many of whom rarely get the plaudits they deserve. This year, they hail from across the UK, from Portsmouth to Dundee and Leeds to the Isle of Wight. Together, they employ 9,500 people and generate annual revenues of £1.2bn. Find out more about our 2021 programme and meet The LDC Top 50 and Ones to Watch.

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Meet the leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms, growing businesses that are making a big impact.
Highly Commended – Ones to Watch

Eric Mayes


Josh Bunce

CEO & Founder, inurface Media

Ross Burke

MD, Mixtio Labs

Ankit Chadha

CEO, In2Med

Mike Hamilton

CEO, Commando Joe's

Gary Hargraves

CEO, Sport:80

Ian Henderson

MD, Boiler Plan

Charlie Jardine

Founder & CEO, EO Charging

Greg Kirkman

CEO, Ensafe Consultants

Anna Maxwell


Eric Mayes

CEO, Endomag

James McVitie

MD, Visual Method

Marcus Mollinga & Jack Morrison

Co-founders & Directors, YourZooki

Joe Munns

MD, Baked In

Matt Murphy

CEO, Genba Digital

Patrick O'Luanaigh

CEO, nDreams

Adrian Overall

CEO, CloudStratex

Shirley Palmer

CEO & Founder, The Simple Series

Tom Parling

CEO, Ocere

Chris Quickfall

CEO, Cognassist

Dr Megan Rossi & Jon Walsh

Co-founder & Product Director and Co-founder & CEO, Bio&Me

Daniel Rowson

Director, So-Media Productions

Azmat Sherwani

CEO, Dotted

Rune Sovndahl

Co-founder, Fantastic Services

Elliot Street

CEO, Inovus Medical

Gregory Sutch

CEO, Intralink

John Thorpe

Group MD, Thorpe Interior Group

Luke Tobin

CEO, Digital Ethos

Tevin Tobun

CEO, GV Group (Gate Ventures)

James Tucker

CEO, GovNet

Ben Tyson

CEO & Partner, Born Social

Julie Waddell

Founder, Moorish

Steve Watmough

CEO, Mason Advisory

Mike Woods

CEO, Konsentus

Hazem Fayyad

Founder & CTO, TransformologyXR

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