Martin is responsible for the overall performance and strategic direction of LDC.

He was appointed Chief Executive in 2014 and today leads LDC’s investment activity throughout the UK. He is also Chairman of the LDC Investment Committee and the LDC Executive Committee.

Since he joined the firm in 2002, Martin has continued the development of LDC’s UK-wide network and has supported the growth ambitions of some of LDC’s most successful portfolio businesses. This has included his continued support of The NEC Group, where he holds the role of non-executive director. Martin is also a non-executive director at NBS, a leading technology platform for the construction, architectural and engineering industries, based in Newcastle.

His private equity career has been spent entirely within the UK mid-market and he has worked extensively on private equity transactions across the UK regional markets for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining LDC, Martin was a Director at Bridgepoint, where he worked in the London, Manchester and Birmingham offices, completing deals across a broad range of sectors.

Martin led the formation of LDC’s Backing Youth Ambition partnership with The Prince’s Trust established to help 1,200 young entrepreneurs across the UK to start their own business.

The journey we embarked on with LDC back in 2015 inspired one of the biggest transformations  in The NEC Group’s history. Martin and his team were great partners – supporting our ambition whilst challenging our thinking.

It was exactly the kind of relationship we were looking for from an investment partner and Martin led from the front.”
Paul Thandi CBE, CEO
The NEC Group

Awards

Outstanding Contribution Award

Insider Midlands Dealmakers 2019

International Deal of the Year

Kee Safety – Insider Midlands Dealmakers

Deal of the Year

The NEC Group – Insider Midlands Dealmakers

Matt works closely with management teams across the Midlands looking to grow their business and is responsible for identifying ambitious teams that would benefit from the support of a private equity partner.

Since joining LDC in 2012, Matt has invested more than £200million across nine high-profile businesses in the Midlands, including The NEC Group, Prism Medical, Stuart Turner, Eley, SMH Fleet and CitySprint.

Matt is currently Investor Director on the Boards of Stuart Turner, Kee Safety and sits on the UK & European Capital Committee for the BVCA which represents the interests of the BVCA’s mid-market members.

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Degree in Accounting & Finance and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Matt gained eight years of corporate finance experience with PwC and Alantra (Catalyst Corporate Finance), working in the UK and North America.

The journey we embarked on with LDC back in 2015 inspired one of the biggest transformations  in The NEC Group’s history. Martin and his team were great partners – supporting our ambition whilst challenging our thinking.

It was exactly the kind of relationship we were looking for from an investment partner and Martin led from the front.”
Paul Thandi CBE, CEO
The NEC Group

Awards

Deal of the Year

SMH Fleet Solutions – Insider Midlands Dealmakers

Funder of the Year

Insider Midlands Dealmakers

LDC’s Midlands and North East teams have been recognised at the Dealmaker Awards in their respective regions. 

The team picked up two awards in the Midlands for its work with Kee Safety and Precision Micro. The sale of Kee Safety to Investcorp was recognised as the region’s International Deal of the Year at the Midlands Dealmaker Awards, while LDC’s investment in Precision Micro also won SME Deal of the Year.

LDC reinvested in Kee Safety as part of a £280m deal following its acquisition by global investment manager Investcorp in November 2017. Moving forward, the team will support the business with its international growth strategy, both organically and through a targeted acquisition programme.

In April this year, LDC backed the £22.5m management buyout of Precision Micro in a deal which will enable the firm to take full advantage of several positive global trends in its core markets, including the miniaturisation of electronics and increasing demand for clean and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Further north, LDC’s £31.8m investment in NBS was named Private Equity Deal of the Year at the North East Dealmaker Awards. The partnership will enable the business to develop innovative new products and expand into overseas markets.

NBS is a market-leading provider of technology, content and data services to professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Headquartered in Newcastle, the firm employs more than 200 people and recorded a turnover of £20.5m for the financial year ending December 2017.

Further information about this year’s Midlands Dealmaker Awards can be found here.

Full details of the North East Dealmaker Awards can be found here.

Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.

Seven LDC-backed businesses have been named some of the fastest growing in Britain, according to a new report by the London Stock Exchange Group.

ChargePoint Technology, Duncan & Todd and Vista Retail Support are among those named in the 2018 edition of ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. The annual report celebrates the most dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious small and medium-sized businesses across the UK – those which are credited with boosting UK productivity, driving economic growth and creating jobs.

The full list of current LDC portfolio businesses included in the latest report includes – ChargePoint Technology, Connect Managed Services, Duncan & Todd, Express Engineering, Kee Safety, Specialist People Services and Vista Retail Support.

The list also features some of LDC’s strongest growth stories, including Fever-Tree, the UK’s leading premium tonic water and mixers brand, and Quantum Pharmaceuticals, one of the country’s largest suppliers of tailored medicines to the pharmaceutical industry.

For further information about the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report, please visit: www.1000companies.com.

Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.