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BACKING BUSINESS AMBITION

This year marks LDC’s 40th in business. Since 1981, we’ve supported over 650 management teams and invested more than £5.5bn in mid-sized businesses.

Find out what it’s like to work with us, directly from the business leaders who’ve used private equity to realise their growth ambitions.

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About LDC

Over 40 years after our first investment, we remain just as keen to support management teams to build great businesses – across every region and sector of the UK economy.

A committed and successful private equity partner

40
years of backing
ambition
£1.2bn
to invest in the next
three years
650
management teams have
chosen to work with LDC
12
regional locations
across the UK
£100m
of flexible funding available
for each company
3-yr
partnership with
The Prince’s Trust
90
portfolio companies from diverse sectors of the UK economy
2/3
of current portfolio on a buy and build strategy
50+
experienced investment professionals based across the UK

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders 2021

The past 18 months have tested UK mid-market businesses like never before. Yet some outstanding leaders have not only survived but thrived in this challenging trading environment. The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders programme is dedicated to celebrating these entrepreneurial individuals.

Backing Youth Ambition

In 2019 LDC partnered with The Prince’s Trust to support over 1,200 young entrepreneurs across the UK over the next three years.

Backing Youth Ambition aims to help young people explore and launch their own businesses through start-up grants and additional funding for The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme.

In the first two years, our partnership has contributed £825,000 to support more than 1,300 young entrepreneurs, through donations, volunteering, event attendance and mentoring. Backing Youth Ambition : Discover more Discover more
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Backing youth ambition

Meet Tracy Lewis

LDC invested in Eveden in 2006 to support Tracy’s international growth strategy. During a six-year partnership we helped the business to rollout its key brands into the US, Europe and Asia, employ more than 200 new staff and complete a strategic acquisition in France.

Read a Q&A

Meet entrepreneur Martin McKay

As featured in Management Today and inews, meet Martin McKay the entrepreneur behind the international success story Texthelp.

Discover Martin’s journey from being supported by The Prince’s Trust to becoming a global CEO.

Read the case study

Realising ambition at Lucid

Hear from Jan Steele, Founder of Lucid Group on how she grew the healthcare communications agency with a flexible minority investment to acquire and integrate complementary businesses.

Watch the video

Stuart Turner – a growth success story

CEO Richard Harden features in The Manufacturer Podcast discussing Stuart Turner’s remarkable growth and offers advice to other SME manufacturers seeking investment.

Hear the podcast