Business Leaders Awards
Meet The LDC Top 50 2022
This year’s Top 50 celebrates leaders who put purpose at the heart of what they do. Those committed to making a bigger impact – championing tales of ambition, inclusion, sustainable impact, innovation and international growth.Meet The LDC Top 50 2022
Celebrating Ambition with Purpose
Against a less than perfect economic landscape, mid-market firms are showing that they’re innovative and growing fast – and doing it responsibly. The LDC Top 50 proves that ambition is alive and well in the UK.
Ambitious leaders, fresh thinking
With resilience, strategic excellence and export success, this year’s entrepreneurs have grown fighting-fit organisations.
Entrepreneurs of the future
How LDC’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust and a UK software company are supporting the entrepreneurs and founders of tomorrow.
Five years of ambition
Being part of The Top 50 judging panel offers a chance to see business across the UK mid-market – and it can also be an invaluable learning experience.
Create an ideal environment
In the midst of a climate crisis, meet the leaders want to have a positive impact on the world. Plus how B Corp status can boost growth.
I’d like to congratulate all of The Top 50 for 2022, especially our award winners! They demonstrate the positive impact of ambition and show exactly what British business leaders are made of.”
John Garner Managing Partner, LDC
Meet the 2022 Judges
Meet the business experts who will deliberate and debate The LDC Top 50 in 2022: CEO Carl Castledine who chairs the panel, Nisha Katona MBE, Founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and The Mowgli Trust, Jan Steele Co-Founder of Lucid Group, resident editor Kate Bassett and LDC’s John Garner.Meet the 2022 Judges
While all of this year’s Top 50 business leaders are winners, some of them have excelled in several crucial areas, from sustainability to people-first cultures and innovation.
The individual award winners from the Top 50 2022 show that ambition is alive and well in all corners of the UK.
Founder, Cloud Nine
CEO of Yorkshire-based haircare firm Cloud Nine, Martin wowed the judges with his innovative and sustainable – including a truly unique approach to recycling.Read more
Byron Dixon OBE
Chemist Byron’s invisible anti-mould treatment is now used by more than 50 major retailers and manufacturers, including John Lewis, Next and Adidas.
CEO, Carlton Forest Group
CEO Mark has invested in a renewable energy division – turning old tyres into a type of oil that can be used in biofuel.
Nagma Ebanks-Beni MBE and Nima Beni
Co-CEOs, Prima Cheese
Nagma and Nima saw an opportunity to scale the business internationally – today they export to 55 countries.
Gush’s creative agency Bulletproof goes above and beyond to look after its team – setting up a fund that employees can dip into during the cost of living crisis.
Co-Founder and CEO, Join Talent
Founder of Join Talent – the first remote-first recruitment firm – Katrina was told pre-Covid that her plan was ‘wacky’. The business now employs 263 people in 23 countries.
Founder, ISA Support Services
Following the death of his daughter, Khadijah, Araf set up the ISA Foundation – donating thousands of pounds to support vulnerable people last year.
Tim’s tech-enabled care company create smart living solutions for vulnerable people. 90% of residents using the tech feel safer, more than half feel their mental health has improved.
CEO of Manchester-based consultancy Grayce, Geoff knows the power of bright, young talent – creating a business that hires between 20 and 40 graduates per month.
Founder, Costello Medical
Founder Sophie’s company provides communication and data support to the healthcare sector.
Founder, Embridge Consulting
Emma’s digital transformation company puts a high value on work/life balance.
This year’s Top 50 celebrates leaders who put purpose at the heart of what they do.
Those committed to making a bigger impact – championing tales of ambition, inclusion, sustainable impact, innovation and international growth.
Meet The LDC Top 50
Over 750 nominations received. More than 200 interviews conducted. We’ve left no stone unturned to find The Most Ambitious Business Leaders of 2022. Watch the film to find out more.Watch the video
Meet the leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms; growing businesses that are making a big impact.
Managing Director, Sure Purity
With a background in chemical engineering, Gary discovered an issue with CO2 quality in the global beverage market. After two years of development, Sure Purity launched filtration product Carboguard in 2019 – now embedded into the gas supply systems of some of the largest beverage plants in the world.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, London Medical Laboratory
Eddie Austin FREC
Founder & CEO, Cloudbooking
Company Owner, Core Recruiter
Co-Founder & CEO, Core to Cloud
Co-Founder & CEO, FlyForm
CEO, Grant Instruments
Company Director, RD Content
Kevin Donaghy and Susan Fitzsimmons
CEO and Chief Customer Officer, AuditComply
Managing Director, UK Connect
Managing Director, Avensure
Group Managing Director, Bradley Hall
Founder & CEO, Dock & Bay
Jake Madders and Jon Lucas
Directors, Hyve Managed Hosting
Managing Director, Unifii
Managing Director, Barrier Networks
Sarah Mintey MBE
CEO, Developing Experts
Paul Moorby OBE
Managing Director, KFP Total IT Solutions
Managing Director, AVC One
Co-Founder & CEO, Deazy
Andrew Pinnington and Michael Ribaudo
Chief Revenue Officer and CEO, CyberIAM Holdings
Founder & CEO, Talent Works
Founder & CEO, Petalite
Co-Founder & Director of Innovation, Soar Beyond
Managing Director, Sure Purity
Scott Rudd and Emma Tapper
Co-Founders, The Friendly Chemical Co.
Managing Director, 67 Bricks
CEO, Eastside Co.
Managing Director, CB Solutions
Managing Director, T-Tech
Founder & CEO, XR Games
Rimi Thapar and Manav Thapar
Co-Founder & CEO / Co-Founder & Managing Director, LoveRaw
Managing Director, Thirsty Work
Managing Director, Audacia
Founder & CEO, Sinewave