LDC Top 50 2018

Celebrating ambition

In 2018, in partnership with The Telegraph, we searched for the most inspiring business leaders running the UK’s most successful medium-sized firms. Some 400 nominations later, we’re thrilled to share the full LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders and the Ones to Watch, those leaders tipped for great things - in all its glory – each one a standard-bearer for ambition and entrepreneurial endeavour. We’re also delighted to confirm the individual judged by our expert panel as the Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2018: Julian Hearn, serial entrepreneur and founder of powdered food brand Huel.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader

Julian Hearn

Founder, Huel

Julian Hearn, founder of powdered food brand Huel, was named The UK’s Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2018. In just three years, the serial entrepreneur has grown his product into a global sensation, selling 22m meals in 80 countries and with turnover set to reach £45m this year.  Huel has recently received its first external investment since launching in 2015, from growth equity investor Highland Europe. Judges praised the scale of his ambition, his track record and obvious passion for the brand and his customers.

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The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders are people who have demonstrated exporting prowess, introduced new ideas to shake up sectors, driven unprecedented levels of growth and shown real resilience to get to where they are today. Here are the inspiring individuals running Britain’s mid-sized companies.
Our 'Ones to Watch' category showcases the dynamic and ambitious leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms. These business leaders have built extraordinary brands and are punching way above their weight in the growth and export stakes.
International Expansion

Guy Schanschieff MBE and Jo Schanschieff

Founders, Bambino Mio

The International Expansion award showcased the business leader our judges felt had the most-impressive global outlook, who demonstrates the greatest ambition to drive international growth. Guy and Jo Schanschieff have grown their brand internationally with Bambino Mio reusable nappies now sold in 50 countries worldwide. The company generates 70pc of its £5.5m revenue from overseas.

Tom Adeyoola

Founder, Metail

Rupert Broome

Group Managing Director, Killgerm Group

Chris Burke

CEO, Brickendon Consulting

Andy Butler

CEO, Specialist Waste Recycling

Michael Campbell

CEO, Weiss Global Group

Simon Cashmore

CEO, TCL Group

Owen Davies

CEO, Enthuse

James Duez

Co-Founder, Rainbird Technologies

David Excell

Founder, Featurespace

Dr Jamie Graves

CEO, ZoneFox

Ian Griffiths

Co-Founder, WhoCanFixMyCar.com

Sue Grindrod

CEO, Albert Dock Liverpool

Phil Hall

CEO, Mirus Aircraft Seating

Willie Harcourt-Cooze

Founder, Willie’s Cacao

Paul Harrison and Steve Witt

Co-Founders, Not Just Travel

Darren Jobling

CEO, ZeroLight

Matthew Lee

Co-Founder, Shopper Media Group

Ryan Maughan

Managing Director, AVID Technology Group

Tristram Mayhew

Chief Gorilla, Go Ape

Natasha Mudhar

CEO, Sterling Media

Christian Owens

CEO, Paddle

Sarat Pediredla

CEO, hedgehog lab

Adam Pikett

CEO, SportPursuit

Martin Port

CEO, BigChange

Richard Potter

CEO, Peak

Lewis Reeves

CEO, VIGA

Jonathan Richards

CEO, breatheHR

Toby Roberts

Managing Director, Safety Media

Shahid Sheikh OBE

Managing Director, Clifton Packaging

Paul Sulyok

CEO, Green Man Gaming

Richard Thorpe

Group Executive Director, Service Matters

Chris Vincent

Managing Director, V4 Woodflooring

Andrew Wallin

CEO, Ed Broking

Jeff Ward

CEO, Centurion Safety Products

Harrison Woods

CEO, YourParkingSpace