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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.

And in 2021, we remain just as keen to support ambitious management teams across every region and sector of the UK economy.

Why LDC?

Backing ambition

for 40 years

We are sharing inspirational stories from our current and past portfolio company leaders to mark 40 years of backing ambitious mid-market businesses across the UK.

A committed and successful private equity partner

years of backing
to invest in the next
three years
management teams have
chosen to work with LDC
regional locations
across the UK
of flexible funding available
for each company
partnership with
The Prince’s Trust

Our mid-year update

In the first half of this year, we have provided £180m of investment to back eight new management teams and to support our portfolio companies.

We’ve also provided follow-on funding to strengthen our portfolio and support 36 strategic acquisitions and the businesses exited, on average more than doubled revenues and grew their employee numbers by nearly 90% during their partnership with LDC.

We remain as committed as ever to help UK mid-market businesses to grow with £1.2billion to invest over the next three years.

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Meet the team

Our award-winning team is committed to backing ambitious management teams right across the UK.

With in-depth experience, we support and add value to growing businesses through partnership.

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