The LDC Top 50 Award Winners - revealed!

Watch our editor-in-residence Rebecca Burn-Callander as she reveals the individual award winners for this year’s Top 50, including the highly coveted Most Ambitious Business Leader award. These individuals wowed our expert panel of judges across several categories, including resilience, innovation, making a difference and international ambition.

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Headshot: Fokhrul Islam.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader

Fokhrul Islam

CEO, Global Procurement Group (GPG) – UK trading arm Northern Gas and Power (NGP)

The Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2020 is Fokhrul Islam, CEO of Global Procurement Group (GPG), with its UK trading arm Northern Gas and Power (NGP). In under a decade, he has built a global group of companies. He impressed the judges with his energy procurement and management platform, which is generating international traction and helping 20,000 customers of all sizes reduce their energy consumption. If there's one person in this year’s Top 50 that personifies ambition, it's Fokhrul Islam.

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Meet our full Top 50 ambitious business leaders. These leaders have adapted and evolved their companies in changing times, proving that the pandemic hasn’t curbed the ambition of the UK mid-market. They continue to take considered risks and follow their gut instinct to go for growth, no matter the economic backdrop. Here you can read their inspiring stories of determination, innovation, ambition and resilience.

Meet The LDC Top 50

This year’s Top 50 business leaders have defied the odds in the face of extreme adversity. They hail from every corner of the country and collectively contribute more than £1bn to the UK economy, employing more than 5,250 people. Find out more about our 2020 programme and meet the LDC Top 50 and Ones to Watch for 2020.

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Meet the leaders in our exciting and dynamic ‘Ones to Watch’ category. These are the leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms, growing businesses that are making a big impact on their customers and target markets. These business leaders will be the nation’s principal job creators over the years to come, generating growth and prosperity for the British economy.
Highly Commended – Ones to Watch

Pippa Begg & Jennifer Sundberg


Jane Asscher

Founding Partner & CEO, 23red

Pippa Begg & Jennifer Sundberg

Co-Chief Executives, Board Intelligence

Oliver Breach, James D Marshall & David Mullett

Founders, Pupil

Deepa (Dee) Bulsara

Managing Director, OceanSaver

Mike Callender

Chairman, REPL Group

Juliette Denny

Managing Director, Growth Engineering

Robert Elliott

Founder & CEO, Zinc Network

Michael Frisby

Managing Director, Cobweb Solutions

Michael Gietzen

Group Managing Director, Identity

David Grimes

Founder & CEO, Sorted Group

Dr. Tim Guilliams

Co-Founder & CEO, Healx

Ian Henderson 

Managing Director, Boiler Plan

Jamie Hinton

CEO, Razor

Zak Johnson

Founder, NAECO 

Gareth Jones

CEO, Global Go!

Praveen Karadiguddi

Founder & CEO, Scrumconnect

Gareth Lewis

Co-founder & Chief Executive, Delio

Amanda Lowe

Founder & Managing Director, Story Comms

Iain McClune

Founder, Whisky Auctioneer

Matt Murphy

CEO, Genba Digital

Vlad Nanu & Andy Rogers

Co-CEOs, Amdaris

Jonathan Petrides

Founder & CEO, allplants 

Richard Proud & Alun Rogers

Co-Founders, risual

Adam Pye

Managing Director, John Pye Auctions

Prof Mark K. Smith

CEO, ContactEngine

Melissa Snover

Founder & CEO, Nourished

Richard Strongman

Managing Director, Harvest Fine Foods

Gregory Sutch

CEO, Intralink

Andrew Talbot

CEO, Custom Gateway

Stuart Thomson

Managing Director, Medovate

Francis Toye

Founder & CEO, Unilink

Paramjit Uppal

CEO, AND Digital

Mike Woods

CEO, Konsentus

Mark Wright

Director, Climb Online