As the leading private equity partner in Yorkshire, LDC backs ambition across the region – from Sheffield to York via Hull, Leeds and Harrogate.

We opened our doors in Yorkshire in 1989 and have invested over £740m backing more than 70 management teams.

LDC was named Equity Funder of the Year at the Insider Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2022 and Private Equity Firm at the Yorkshire Rainmakers Awards 2023.

Recent investments include student accommodation advertising platform, UniHomes,  Boston Energy, a technical services provider to the wind energy industry, innovative technology provider Cellhire, electronic security manufacturer Texecom and data specialists BCIS.

We have supported a number of high profile partnerships from our Leeds office including a 10 year partnership with Bradford-based recruitment business SPS Group, data and software provider NBS, which grew internationally during our partnership, video game developer Team17 – who we supported all the way from initial investment to IPO.

We understand the importance of having a local presence on the ground, which is why LDC’s team all live and work in the region.

Our current portfolio across the region spans data, technology, support services and healthcare.

The team also support local causes in the community, including a partnerships with Leeds-based cancer support charity Maggie’s Yorkshire and Candlelighters, which helps families facing children’s cancer across the region, and most recently, a new two year funding programme for Mackie Hill Primary School to enable all children to have access to a free breakfast from the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club.

Sophie Isaacs and Ana-Maria Garaba joined LDC’s Yorkshire team in January 2022, here they talk about their roles and what attracted them to LDC, private equity in Yorkshire and how LDC makes a difference in the region.

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Our partnership with LDC has both transformed our business and supercharged our growth. They backed our ambition to expand internationally and invested in our technology development.”

Colin Smith, Executive Chairman

Latest Yorkshire News

LDC-backed Boston Energy appoints new CFO

Boston Energy, a technical services provider to the wind energy industry, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Jonathan Godber as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Dan Smith named Dealmaker of the Year at Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2023

Dan Smith, LDC Partner and Head of Yorkshire, picked up the prestigious Dealmaker of the Year Award at last night’s Insider Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2023, with the team also taking home Deal of the Year (£25m+) for its investment in Boston Energy.

LDC expands its Value Creation Partners team

LDC, a leading private equity investor, has appointed Richard Haynes as VCP Commercial Director, Natasha Fisher as VCP Commercial Manager and Arnie Fuller as VCP Technology Manager, bolstering the support it provides to management teams across its portfolio.

UniHomes recognised as Yorkshire and the North East’s fastest-growing tech company

LDC-backed student accommodation advertising platform UniHomes has been named in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 2023, one of the UK’s foremost technology awards programmes which highlights the fastest-growing technology companies in the country.

LDC’s annual Charity Quiz raises £185,000

Last night, we held our 16th Charity Quiz and are thrilled to have raised more than £185,000 for eight worthwhile causes. This fundraising amount is also a record in the history of the LDC Charity Quiz and brings the total amount we’ve raised since its inception in 2005 to over £1.8million.

LDC’s Yorkshire team completes transactions worth over £100 million

The Yorkshire team of leading private equity investor LDC has reiterated its commitment to the region’s medium-sized businesses by completing five transactions over a three-month period, with a combined enterprise value of more than £100 million.

Yorkshire Team

Ana-Maria Garaba

Investment Manager


+44 (0)113 235 5065

Anthony West

Investment Manager


+44 (0)113 235 5050

Dan Smith

Partner, Head of Yorkshire


+44 (0)113 235 5056

Gemma Glazier

Personal Assistant


+44 (0)113 235 5052

James Marshall

Investment Director


+44 (0)113 235 5059

Sophie Isaacs

Investment Origination


+44 (0)113 235 5071

Will Scales

Investment Director


+44 (0)113 235 5050

Get in Touch

We are always happy to meet ambitious business leaders, so contact your local LDC team to start a conversation.


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