Ben Middleton named among UK’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2022

Ben Middleton, Managing Director of Alchemmy has been named as one of The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2022. 


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.  


A record number of nominations – more than 750 – were received this year, proving that ambition is alive and well despite the challenges faced by increasing economic uncertainty. 


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. 


Alchemmy is an ambitious consultancy based in London, Bristol, and Nottingham. It helps its clients with their strategic ambitions and turning strategy into sustainable and lasting change. With clients in Rail; Aviation; Retail and Consumer; Defence and Security, Alchemmy helps its clients to gain clarity around growth strategy; improve their organisations and operations; bring their data to life and intelligently automate their businesses in a sustainable, responsible, and secure way. Alchemmy’s firm belief is that people must be at the heart of every successful change. 


Ben Middleton, Managing Director of Alchemmy said: “I’m thrilled to see the recognition by LDC and The Times of the huge strides our Alchemmy team has made together over the last few years. Our founders created the unique DNA of a company that reaches for a high bar with an authentic heart and soul. We have worked tirelessly in challenging times to use that energy to create a progressive platform for growth, combining the passion and skill of our Alchemmists with an entrepreneurial and creative spirit. This helps us to deliver the breakthroughs and outcomes that our clients have come to count on to help them grow and thrive. Our mission now is to take that magic to an even wider audience whilst staying true to our founding purpose.” 


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!” 


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




About LDC: 


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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Written by

Sam Smitherman

Published on

19th October 2022


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