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We’re pleased to welcome Vera and Sally to the team to help boost that support, as we continue to focus on meeting and backing the entrepreneurs and business leaders that make the region so vibrant.”

Dewi Hughes, Partner and Head of LDC in the South West and Wales

Vera Kuehne, Investment Manager at LDC in the South West and Wales, added: “LDC stands out as one of the leading supporters of medium-sized businesses across the South West of England and Wales. I’m looking forward to working with the team and its network of advisers to help local management teams grow their businesses.”

Sally Tam, Investment Executive at LDC in the South West and Wales, said: “I’m relishing the prospect of helping the team build on its recent successes, and supporting ambitious business leaders across the region and a variety of sectors to realise their growth potential.”

LDC’s South West and Wales team will also continue to work with various national and local charities. This includes the firm’s national partnership with The Prince’s Trust to support young entrepreneurs across the country, and a number of Bristol and Cardiff based charities such as Leukaemia Care, Bristol Sport Foundation, The Grand Appeal, Young Lives vs. Cancer, Ty Hafan and Fareshare Cymru. Local Bristol artist, Danielle Niell, who was supported by the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme funded by LDC, has designed the artwork for the new office.

The appointments and office move follow a busy period for LDC in the South West and Wales. In 2023, the team completed six transactions, including backing the management teams of Taunton-based legal services firm The Barrister Group and tech enabled ship inspection business Idwal, and exiting its investment in Bristol-based Cakesmiths, following a two-year partnership which saw the artisan cakemaker almost treble its revenue. The team also supported the buy-and-build strategies of its existing portfolio, including Hybrid’s acquisition of Prompt Marketing and Sohonet’s acquisition Los Angeles-based 5th Kind.