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LDC Top 50 2021

The LDC Top 50 for 2021

This year’s Top 50 is a tale of resilience, determination, strategic excellence and export success. These founders and chief executives have overcome extraordinary challenges in the past 18 months to keep growing their organisations. They will all have a vital part to play in the UK’s economic recovery.

Leaders of the Pack

Mid-Market goes for growth

These companies have experienced extraordinary growth over recent years, despite what has been a challenging 12 months for many. Between them, the Top 50 grew revenues by an average of 179 per cent across the past three years.

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Export experts do a great deal

Some leaders have exporting baked into their DNA, and nowhere is this more apparent than among our Top 50. It isn’t always plain sailing, but these UK business leaders are growing revenues by boosting export operations and building brands abroad.

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Waste not, want not firms go full circle

Trailblazing entrepreneurs are carving a space in the circular economy and addressing shortages in the skills of the future. Many of the Top 50 have the entrepreneurial grit that help solve the pressing challenges we face today.

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Ahead of the Covid
curve

The pandemic forced us to dramatically change how we do business, but The Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders have tackled the Covid challenge with remarkable reserves of imagination and innovative verve.

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Purpose beyond profit bears fruit

Purpose-led leaders in our Top 50 are proving that having a business designed to tackle society’s ills doesn’t make you any less ambitious, as the desire to make a difference and drive positive change is powerful fuel.

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Now in its fourth year, the Top 50 seeks to uncover the UK’s most exceptional entrepreneurs. While all of this year’s business leaders are winners, a number of them have excelled in several areas, from scaling up internationally to commitments to innovation and sustainability. The winners of this year’s LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme have the drive and expertise to lead economic recovery and keep Britain great, says Rebecca Burn-Callander. Read the full article.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Founder, Oddbox

Emilie founded Oddbox with her husband in 2016 to tackle global food waste and since then the company has grown to deliver more than three million boxes of surplus, unwanted or misshapen fruit and vegetables to customers across the UK. The judges commended Emilie for not only growing a business that is creating jobs and generating economic value, having grown 40-fold since 2018, but for rapidly building a brand that is committed to tackling food waste - one of the biggest contributors to climate change.

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The People First Award

Andy Gough

CEO, eQuality Solutions

Andy wowed the judges with his unwavering commitment to helping students with disabilities and learning difficulties to have a fulfilling education at university. His firm uses technology to create personalised learning solutions. The judges praised his ambition to continue to remove barriers in education, employment and life.

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The International Ambition Award

Chris Bagnall

Founder, Transmission

Chris launched Transmission’s first international office in in San Francisco in 2019. Just three years later, the global marketing agency has 12 offices around the world, helping clients such as Microsoft and HP to sell in complex markets, such as China and India.

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The Digital Disruptor Award

Trinny Woodall

Founder, Trinny London

Former TV presenter Trinny spotted an opportunity to create an inclusive make-up brand, Trinny London. The brand which has become a global e-commerce business in just four years. Trinny’s army of online advocates, “the Trinny Tribe”, have helped the brand to expand to 180 countries.

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The Green Disruptor Award

Rod Neale

Founder, Circular Computing

Rod is the founder of Circular Computing, which takes unwanted laptops and turns them into new ones that offer 97 per cent of the performance of the original for a fraction of the carbon footprint. He is creating a sustainable solution to the world’s growing e-waste problem and now has the capacity to make 10,000 laptops a month.

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The Innovation Award

Praveen Karadiguddi

Founder, Scrumconnect

Praveen is a coder-turned-entrepreneur and his software consultancy has created a community of freelancers to learn from each other. He is hoping to employ 1,000 people within three years and has created a culture of continual improvement, which means his team always has the most relevant technical skills.

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The Sustainable Impact Award

Mart and Rob Drake-Knight

Founders, Teemill

Mart and Rob are creating a circular economy for T-shirts. Every item is returned at the end of its life and turned into a new top. Teemill’s factory also uses renewable energy and T-shirts are printed to order, meaning zero waste.

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Highly Commended – Ones to Watch

Eric Mayes

CEO, Endomag

Dr Eric is on a mission to improve the standard of cancer care by providing patients with more accurate, convenient and less expensive solutions for diagnosis and treatment. In just three years, Cambridge-based Endomag has tripled the number of patients it provides with more precise cancer care, from 40,000 to more than 130,000.

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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

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders is dedicated to celebrating these entrepreneurial individuals, many of whom rarely get the plaudits they deserve. This year, they hail from across the UK, from Portsmouth to Dundee and Leeds to the Isle of Wight. Together, they employ 9,500 people and generate annual revenues of £1.2bn. Find out more about our 2021 programme and meet The LDC Top 50 and Ones to Watch.

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Meet the leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms, growing businesses that are making a big impact.
Highly Commended – Ones to Watch

Eric Mayes

CEO, Endomag

Dr Eric is on a mission to improve the standard of cancer care by providing patients with more accurate, convenient and less expensive solutions for diagnosis and treatment. In just three years, Cambridge-based Endomag has tripled the number of patients it provides with more precise cancer care, from 40,000 to more than 130,000.

Lee Brooks

CEO, Production Park

Josh Bunce

CEO & Founder, inurface Media

Ross Burke

MD, Mixtio Labs

Ankit Chadha

CEO, In2Med

Mike Hamilton

CEO, Commando Joe's

Gary Hargraves

CEO, Sport:80

Ian Henderson

MD, Boiler Plan

Charlie Jardine

Founder & CEO, EO Charging

Vijay Magon

MD, CCube Solutions

Anna Maxwell

CEO, MAXWELLIA

Eric Mayes

CEO, Endomag

James McVitie

MD, Visual Method

Marcus Mollinga & Jack Morrison

Co-founders & Directors, YourZooki

Joe Munns

MD, Baked In

Matt Murphy

CEO, Genba Digital

Patrick O’Luanaigh

CEO, nDreams

Adrian Overall

CEO, CloudStratex

Shirley Palmer

CEO & Founder, The Simple Series

Tom Parling

CEO, Ocere

Chris Quickfall

CEO, Cognassist

Dr Megan Rossi & Jon Walsh

Co-founder & Product Director and Co-founder & CEO, Bio&Me

Daniel Rowson

Director, So-Media Productions

Azmat Sherwani

CEO, Dotted

Rune Sovndahl

Co-founder, Fantastic Services

Elliot Street

CEO, Inovus Medical

Gregory Sutch

CEO, Intralink

Nick Thompson

CEO, DCSL GuideSmiths

John Thorpe

Group MD, Thorpe Interior Group

Luke Tobin

CEO, Digital Ethos

Tevin Tobun

CEO, GV Group (Gate Ventures)

James Tucker

CEO, GovNet

Ben Tyson

CEO & Partner, Born Social

Julie Waddell

Founder, Moorish

Steve Watmough

CEO, Mason Advisory

Mike Woods

CEO, Konsentus

Hazem Fayyad

Founder & CTO, TransformologyXR