LDC Top 50 2019

Celebrating ambition in 2019

Such was the calibre of individuals involved this year, we showcased not one but six of the business leaders at our celebratory event in London on 8th October 2019.
These awards recognise the different ways in which business leaders are fulfilling their ambition and the different stages of their business journey.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader

Clint Wilson

Group Chief Executive, ParentPay

Clint Wilson, Group CEO of leading payments platform for schools ParentPay, was named The LDC Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2019. He set up the business to use technology to solve the problems created by children taking cash into schools to pay for school trips and lunches. The business now serves 5 million parents worldwide, has expanded internationally and is making acquisitions. The judges praised the scale of his determination and belief when he first founded the business, and his continued passion and ambition.

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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.

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Social Purpose

Eben Upton CBE

Founder, Raspberry Pi

The Social Purpose award highlighted the leader that our judges felt put people at the heart of everything they do, demonstrating the greatest ambition to do good. Eben Upton has a grand mission: "to give every young person on the planet access to a computer". He's well on his way, having sold 25 million of the affordable and programmable devices worldwide.

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Innovation

Margot Cooper

Founder, Limbs & Things

The Innovation award recognised the business leader our judges felt has a true disruptor mentality, with the ambition to transform a sector with fresh-thinking and bold ideas. Margot Cooper has revolutionised her industry with life-like anatomical models. Her 20-strong R&D department, are constantly working on new models to help the company save lives and ensure babies are born safely on five continents.

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Alumni’s Leader

Claire Trott

Founder, Plantforce

The Alumni's Leader was selected by our Top 50 2018 alumni and is the person last year's success stories think is deserving of recognition. Claire Trott the founder of Plantforce, which hires out machinery for major construction projects, is in love with the construction industry! She has a disruptive, innovative and determined attitude with a focus technical innovation and customer support.

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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.

Stuart McLachlan

CEO, Anthesis Group

The Highly Commended Award for the Ones to Watch, showcases the business leader who is making their mark and is destined for great things. Stuart McLachlan founded Anthesis in 2013 on the belief that sustainability and commerciality go hand in hand. His business now supports 25% of the FTSE100 and delivers 20 - 30% year-on-year organic growth.

Stuart McLachlan

CEO, Anthesis Group

Robert Anderson

CEO, Protean Software

Nick Brackenbury and Max Kreijn

Co-Founders, NearSt

Nick Bradley

CEO, AdviserPlus

Chris Chapman

Managing Director, GlucoRx

Suzie Cregan

Founder, Jimmy's Iced Coffee

Scott Davis

Managing Director, Delta Rock Group

Bernie de Le Cuona

Founder, de Le Cuona

George Graham

CEO, Wolf & Badger

Paul Hanley

Managing Director, ER Travel Services

Sean Hoban

CEO, Kimble

Iain Hutchison

Founder, Merlin ERD

Paul McElvaney

CEO, Learning Pool

Tim Mercer

CEO, Vapour Cloud

John Michael

CEO, iStorage

Michael Nabarro

Co-Founder, Spektrix

Laurence Newman

CEO, CurrentBody

Richard Paterson and Will Saville

Co-Founders, Unily

Adam Reynolds

CEO, Webexpenses

Mark Robinson

Founder, Rocksteady Music School

Khalid Saifullah MBE

Managing Director, Star Tissue UK

Giles Salt

CEO, M&I Materials

Calum Smeaton

CEO, TVSquared

Richard Smith

CEO, Office Freedom

David Spencer-Percival

Founder, No. 1 Rosemary Water

Paul Venners

Managing Director, LEEC

David West

Medical Director, Veincentre

Matt West

CEO, Feefo

Jonathon Whiteley

CEO, Incisive Media