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Our CEO, Mark Pepper has been named as one of The LDC Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2022.

Mark has been recognised after beating off over 750 other nominees, a record number proving that ambition is alive and well despite the challenges faced by increasing economic uncertainty.

The programme, which is supported by The Times and now in its fifth year, celebrates the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.

“I am thrilled to have made the top 50 and for the ambition that I have for Carlton Forest Group and my team to succeed in all that we do,” said Mark. “It has always been about pushing boundaries, challenging perceptions and being determined to succeed. I believe this is what makes British SMEs so successful and why we continue to prosper even when faced with difficult circumstances.”

The business leaders featured in The Top 50 demonstrate resilience, strategic excellence and export success. They operate across a broad range of sectors and are driving growth in every corner of the UK – from Edinburgh to Brighton, and Bath to Norfolk. Collectively, they employ almost 9,500 people and turn over more than £1.2 billion.

John Garner, Managing Partner, LDC, added: “The volume and quality of submissions this year surpassed all of our expectations. We’ve been struck by the way business leaders have overcome challenges and adversity to run fast-growing and successful companies, proving that difficult circumstances can become the biggest driver of ambition. There are so many fascinating stories behind each and every business leader in this year’s Top 50 and I’d like to congratulate all of those featured. We look forward to seeing where they go next!”

The winners will take part in a formal dinner and awards at The Exchange in Birmingham on 12th October, where their success will be recognised.

You can find out more information on this year’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme here:

Further information about Carlton Forest Group and its divisions can be found by visiting

LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. Since 1981, LDC has invested more than £5.5bn in medium-sized firms across the UK; backing the ambitions of more than 650 ambitious management teams.

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