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LDC wins three awards at Insider’s South West Dealmakers 2022

10 Jun 2022

LDC’s South West team collected three awards at last night’s Insider South West Dealmakers Awards. The team won Private Equity House of the Year and was awarded Medium-Sized Deal of the Year for its investment in digital media company Hybrid, while Investment Director Oliver Schofield was named Emerging Dealmaker of the Year.

The judges described LDC as the ‘clear winner’ in the Private Equity House of the Year category, after an outstanding year that saw the LDC South West team work on transactions with a total value of more than £280m. Alongside Hybrid, the team’s investment in independent artisan cake manufacturer Cakesmiths also stood out, with the judges recognising the firm’s commitment to supporting the management team in retaining the business’ unique culture and supporting its innovative work.

Oliver was unanimously chosen as Emerging Dealmaker by the judges. Over the past year, he has supported several key transactions for LDC, including playing a leading role in its £13m investment in Hybrid. He continues to support the management team to grow the business organically and explore a series of targeted acquisitions.

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Oliver is committed to helping mid-market businesses across the region to realise their growth ambitions, and his experience, insight and enthusiasm have proved invaluable assets to the business leaders we work with.”
Dewi Hughes
Head of LDC for the South West and Wales

Finally, LDC was recognised for its investment in Hybrid, the Bristol-based digital media company, which won Medium-Sized Deal of the Year. The appointment of media industry pioneer Jerry Buhlmann as Non-Executive Chairman proved a stand-out factor in the award win and further demonstrates the strength and depth of LDC’s network.

The accolades round off an exciting 12 months for LDC in the South West. The team is now set to increase support for companies across the region, backed by LDC’s commitment to invest in at least 100 mid-sized businesses nationally over the next five years.

The team is also committed to investing in the South West through more than just transactions, supporting important local causes, including its ongoing participation in Break the Cycle, helping to improve the lives of local communities through sport.

LDC extends its congratulations to all of the companies and individuals that won awards or were shortlisted at The Insider South West Dealmakers Awards 2022. You can view the full list of winners here.