Paul Drechsler CBE - Chairman of Bibby Line Group, Former President of the CBI and Chair of the Top 50 judging panel.

LDC's Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders, supported by The Telegraph, is now in its second year and aims to uncover and celebrate the people behind some of the UK's fast growing medium-sized firms. This year's most ambitious was chosen from over 550 business leaders which were nominated this year. The Top 50 leaders shared their stories of ambition in the business pages of The Daily Telegraph, which also mentioned 35 Ones to Watch, the leaders tipped for great things.

The 2019 Top 50 are having a disproportionate impact on the UK economy. Together their companies generate £1.5bn in revenues and are growing more than 35% every year. Employing more than 10,000 people, these company's hail from every sector of the economy and are based in 38 different locations across the UK.

Read more

Celebrating Ambition

Such was the calibre of individuals involved this year, we showcased not one but six of the business leaders at our celebratory event in London on 8th October. These awards recognise the different ways in which business leaders are fulfilling their ambition and the different stages of their business journey.

  • Clint Wilson

    The Most Ambitious Business Leader

    Clint Wilson Group Chief Executive, ParentPay

    Clint Wilson, Group CEO of leading payments platform for schools ParentPay, was named The LDC Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2019.

    He set up the business to use technology to solve the problems created by children taking cash into schools to pay for school trips and lunches. The business now serves 5 million parents worldwide, has expanded internationally and is making acquisitions.

    The judges praised the scale of his determination and belief when he first founded the business, and his continued passion and ambition.

  • Guy Schanschieff MBE and Jo Schanschieff

    International Expansion

    Guy Schanschieff MBE and Jo Schanschieff Founders, Bambino Mio

    The International Expansion award showcased the business leader our judges felt had the most-impressive global outlook, who demonstrates the greatest ambition to drive international growth. Guy and Jo Schanschieff have grown their brand internationally with Bambino Mio reusable nappies now sold in 50 countries worldwide. The company generates 70pc of its £5.5m revenue from overseas.

  • Eben Upton CBE

    Social Purpose

    Eben Upton CBE Founder, Raspberry Pi

    The Social Purpose award highlighted the leader that our judges felt put people at the heart of everything they do, demonstrating the greatest ambition to do good. Eben Upton has a grand mission: "to give every young person on the planet access to a computer". He's well on his way, having sold 25 million of the affordable and programmable devices worldwide.

  • Margot Cooper


    Margot Cooper Founder, Limbs & Things

    The Innovation award recognised the business leader our judges felt has a true disruptor mentality, with the ambition to transform a sector with fresh-thinking and bold ideas. Margot Cooper has revolutionised her industry with life-like anatomical models. Her 20-strong R&D department, are constantly working on new models to help the company save lives and ensure babies are born safely on five continents.

  • Claire Trott

    Alumni’s Leader

    Claire Trott Founder, Plantforce

    The Alumni's Leader was selected by our Top 50 2018 alumni and is the person last year's success stories think is deserving of recognition. Claire Trott the founder of Plantforce, which hires out machinery for major construction projects, is in love with the construction industry! She has a disruptive, innovative and determined attitude with a focus technical innovation and customer support.

Meet the LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders of 2019

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders are people who have demonstrated exporting prowess, introduced new ideas to shake up sectors, driven unprecedented levels of growth and shown real resilience to get to where they are today. Here are the inspiring individuals running Britain's mid-sized companies.

Ones to Watch

Our Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme shines a light on the stars leading the UK’s mid-sized firms, and the sheer volume of nominations this year was a testament to the health of this segment of the market.

Our 'Ones to Watch' category showcases the dynamic and ambitious leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms. These business leaders have built extraordinary brands and are punching way above their weight in the growth and export stakes.

Read on to meet our 2019 'Ones to Watch'.


Stuart McLachlan

Ones to Watch – Highly Commended

Stuart McLachlan CEO, Anthesis Group

The Highly Commended Award for the Ones to Watch, showcases the business leader who is making their mark and is destined for great things. Stuart McLachlan founded Anthesis in 2013 on the belief that sustainability and commerciality go hand in hand. His business now supports 25% of the FTSE100 and delivers 20 - 30% year-on-year organic growth.