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Welcome to North West View – An update from LDC in the North West

9 Jul 2020

We are committed to supporting management teams through every stage of the economic cycle, even at its most unpredictable points. Every business across the North West has been impacted by the pandemic, challenging management teams to adapt quickly.

With 2020 marking our 20th year of backing management teams across the North West, we’ve seen first-hand how ambition can prevail during times of uncertainty. Over the years, we’ve helped management teams to build some of the region’s fastest-growing companies across a diverse range of sectors; including Christy Towels, British Salt and Synexus.

So, we know that resilient management teams will relentlessly explore new ways of working and succeeding, no matter the economic backdrop. We’re already seeing an increasing number of opportunities for our own portfolio whether through buy and build or investment in capital expenditure. And, we’re providing follow-funding to help our portfolio firms capitalise on these opportunities to scale or diversify. As recently as June this year, our portfolio company MSQ Partners announced its intention to buy the Be Heard Partnership (LSE: BHRD) and three of its agencies. The deal is subject to shareholder approval.

20 years aside, the last twelve months have been busy for our North West team. We completed three new investments in SRL Traffic Systems, SGI Compliance and MSQ Partners, and we supported the exits of Pure Cottages Group and Fishawack Health. Our team has also grown with the addition of Directors Dale Alderson and Aziz Ul-Haq, bringing their experience to help management teams in the region to realise their growth ambitions.

As a dedicated partner to the region’s business community, backed by a national commitment to invest £1.2bn over the next three years, we look forward to championing the ambitions of management teams as they seize the opportunities of this defining period

Jonathan Belll

Head of the North, LDC

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