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Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups


Companies backed


Investments outside of London


Growth-stage investments

Key sectors

Building & Construction Creative, digital, film, games & media Defence & security Engineering / Advanced Engineering Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Professional services Technology & Communications Transport & Logistics

LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and has been an active investor in UK companies since 1981. It backs management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.

LDC invests in companies who can demonstrate minimum revenues of £5m with profits of £1m and a two-year profits history. The firm invests solely in UK companies and has nine offices in the UK.

In 2018, the firm recorded its highest ever rate of investment – £437m of equity in 23 companies. One-third of the firm’s portfolio companies are engaged in ‘buy and build’ strategies; LDC supported their making 25 acquisitions in 2018, of which one in five were international.

LDC has committed to invest £1.2bn through the three-year period of 2019 – 2021.

Portfolio companies are provided with sector-specific guidance, access to an executive network, and peer network opportunities with other portfolio companies. A value creation team of experts is available to help identify particular pressure points and new growth opportunities, supporting management teams with projects from sales effectiveness, to digital marketing, procurement and operations.

In addition, LDC’s “Backing Youth Ambition” partnership with The Prince’s Trust aims to support over 1,200 young entrepreneurs across the UK over the next three years.


LDC website