Ambitious Business Leaders
Discover The LDC Top 50 2023
This year’s Top 50 shines a spotlight on the leaders making the UK a more vibrant, diverse and exciting place to do business. Those who find innovative approaches to old problems, embrace sustainability, put people first, and explore new markets.Meet The LDC Top 50 2023
Saluting the Brave and the Bold
Despite the challenges of running a business in the current climate, The LDC Top 50 of 2023 are proof of the importance of ambition. These resilient leaders are creating sustainable businesses, generating employment and finding new markets.
Saluting the brave and bold
These resilient leaders are creating sustainable businesses, generating employment and finding new markets.
Sustainable at heart
The entrepreneurs leading an eco revolution – leveraging tech to transform industries, spur growth and pave the way to a promising future.
Shiny, happy workforces
Discover the people-centric leaders prioritising employee wellbeing and creativity, disrupting the nine-to-five and boosting productivity.
Excellence without limits
How big-thinking leaders are fulfilling their international ambitions, pushing the boundaries and taking their businesses global.
This year’s LDC Top 50 entries surpassed all our expectations and once again showcased the outstanding talent and ambition that exists among entrepreneurs from across Britain.”
John Garner Managing Partner, LDC
The 2023 individual award winners are redefining the idea of success – prioritising both people and the planet while growing their businesses and earning recognition as pioneers in their fields.
Managing Director, The Pantry
The judges were hugely impressed by Luke’s ability to build an incredible business from such a small investment, his ‘give back’ philosophy and mission to help kids eat healthy food.Read more
CEO, Copley Scientific
Mark has made major investments in manufacturing capabilities to develop new products – delivering string revenues with a small team.
Kuntal and Mark Fisher
Kuntal and Mark have a clear passion for people – with a bold ambition to give £10million back to society by 2030.
Tony Cleary MBE
Group CEO, Lanchester Group
Tony has proven track record for pushing the boundaries of green technology – achieving end-to-end sustainable operations at an industrial level.
CEO, Code First Girls
Anna aims to increase the number of women in tech through IT skills training and helping companies to develop more inclusive recruitment policies.
CEO, South Coast Insulation Services and Cotswold Energy Group
Nicolas is on a quest to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their properties, amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
Adam Ward and Josh Graham
Founders, Airtime Rewards
Adam and Josh are shaking up the rewards industry, with their sights set on being the leading loyalty programme for the mobile generation.
Mo Hussain and Alan Rock
Mo and Alan started from scratch with a technology that’s years’ ahead of its time. Theirs is a story of persistence, innovation and international ambition.
Lucy is making progress in an industry that typically has a poor track record in ESG, through her sustainable fashion brand, Aspiga.
Reza and Omid Najafian
Reza and Omid impressed with their approach to Diversity & Inclusion, commitment to charitable giving, and by creating skills and changing lives.
Lewis has a strong focus on company culture, ensuring employees are empowered, engaged and rewarded.
Amid huge economic challenges, The Top 50 for 2023 have defied the odds. These resilient leaders are forging sustainable businesses, fostering innovation and driving growth.
This year’s Ones to Watch are already making huge strides and driving growth. They all have so much more potential – these leaders are on course for great things.
Mission: “Empowering modern businesses with transformative employer branding through our pioneering 'Give & Get' method and HappyDance, a cutting-edge careers site platform fostering superior candidate experiences."
Director, Wessex Optical
Ambition: “To combine premium, service-led retail with everyday and specialist healthcare services, meeting the needs of communities and accessible on the high street.”
CEO, School of Coding
Mission: “We exist to educate children and adults to help them build a better future so that they can find solutions to the world’s biggest problems through code.”
Tom Craig and Aaron Dicks
Managing Director & Technology Director, Impression
Mission: “We’re delighted that Impression has been recognised for delivering on its purpose of being the best place for digital talent to transform their careers.”
Chair, Huble Digital Group
Ambition: “To build an international technology services business, full of amazing people from all over the world, who love going to work and amazing their customers with what they can achieve for them.”
Mission: “In a more sustainably focused world, Unicard is dedicated to making public transport more accessible by designing, building, and delivering market leading innovation for transport providers.”
CEO, Smart Spaces
Ambition: “Our ambition is to be the world’s leading smart building operating system for commercial real estate. We make the management of offices more efficient whilst significantly enhancing the end-user experience.”
Lee Durham and Richard Lane
Ambition: “Our ambition is to be the leading B2B revenue acceleration partner for enterprise brands, amplifying sales and marketing performance for success on a global scale.”
Mission: “Our purpose is ‘data, for a better tomorrow'. We believe in the power of data to create a better, more open, more inclusive future.”
Mission: “To deliver tech-led solutions built on a foundation of industry experience, innovation and valuable partnerships to make Property management effortless.”
Proudest achievement: “Managing to take the business from an idea on a flipchart page to reality through the global pandemic – and to still be here!”
Co-Founder, Glider Technology
Proudest achievement: “Securing a global, multi-year contract to deliver our gliderbim® software and services to the UK Ministry of Defence.”
CEO, IN4 Group
Mission: “IN4 Group unlocks the potential of highly skilled local talent through technology by delivering sustainable prosperity to communities, ensuring fair access to technology futures for all.”
Craig Letton and Ben Walker
CEO & COO, MRM Global
Mission: “To enable our customers to increase sales and reduce wastage.”
Managing Director, Elemental CoSec
Proudest achievement: “I am most proud of our people and the difference we make to our clients. Our growth flows from this, rather than the other way around.”
Cheryl Luzet and Nick Silverstone
CEO & Managing Director, Wagada Digital
Ambition: “We want Wagada Digital to be recognised as both a national and international marketing agency working with ambitious clients to propel their brands.”
Co-Founder, Scarlett Entertainment & Management
Mission: “To bring the best entertainment available to hire globally to our clients.”
CEO, Live and Breathe
Mission: “To run a business that allows everyone who joins us to have the opportunity to develop and to achieve their own personal goals.”
Ambition: “To build high performing teams with a culture of continuous improvement with the goal of driving exceptional customer experiences.”
Mo Naser and Abid Naser
CEO & COO, SmartSurvey
Proudest achievement: “Transforming SmartSurvey from a mere concept to a trusted Survey platform, helping over 500k users answer over one billion questions to date.”
Ambition: “My ambition is for ArmstrongB2B® to become the world’s leading B2B marketing agency for manufacturing and industrial brands.”
Ambition: “Success for me is Headforwards as a force for good, offering high quality jobs and training and contributing to the future of the tech sector.”
CEO, Charnwood Discovery
Ambition: “I want to help Charnwood Discovery realise its potential as one of the most impactful outsourced drug discovery partners in the world.”
Proudest achievement: “I’m extremely proud of the start we've made at Walr, we've truly created the foundations to kick on and build a business that will change an industry and leave a legacy.”
Mission: “To be the largest global Airport Operating System. Our purpose is to connect all airport stakeholders to create a simple and effective exchange of information for airports to make real-time decisions.”
Mission: “Our purpose is to work with our customers interests at heart to increase their cyber security protections in the best way possible, leveraging our core values of 'Tech Driven. People Powered'.”
Managing Director, Muuto Consulting
Proudest achievement: “Every time we get an extension or call to come back to a client and they say that they trust us and they know we are the right partner for them. I think that is what makes me proudest.”
Proudest achievement: “To have the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative and iconic brands in the world along with a great team.”
Co-Founder, Flight Story
Mission: “To keep brands at the forefront of what’s possible and take advantage of the opportunities that an ever-changing world creates.”
Founder, Zinc Systems
Ambition: “To push technical boundaries and become a global leader in the world of incident and crisis management.”