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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. Its initial investments are between £10m and £50m and the average size of its investment round into UK companies since 2013 is £16.5m. LDC has committed to invest £1.2bn through the three-year period of 2019 – 2021.

One-third of the firm’s portfolio companies are engaged in ‘buy and build’ strategies, many of which are international. Notable scaleups include Onecom Group, Rhino Products, Aspin Group and Plimsoll Productions. 

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. It publishes an annual list of the 50 most ambitious business leaders.


LDC website