The North East and Scotland team of LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firm, has strengthened its team as it increases its support for mid-market businesses across the region. Aaron Lawson-Clark joins the team as an Investment Director and Emma Borrie joins as an Investment Manager.

With more than 15 years’ experience across private equity and corporate banking, Aaron has spent his career supporting the growth of scale-up to mid-sized businesses across all sectors of the economy. He joins from Mercia Asset Management, and was formerly at NVM Private Equity.

Emma joins from family office investment firm Middleton Enterprises. Here she helped to develop a new private equity strategy and supported investments into growing SMEs across the UK. Emma previously spent six years as an audit specialist at KPMG.

In their new roles, Aaron and Emma will work closely with LDC’s seven-strong team in the North East and Scotland to support the firm’s pledge of investing in 100 medium-sized businesses nationally over the next five years.

The new appointments follow a busy 12 months for the team, during which it completed four transactions with a combined enterprise value of more than £200m, supported its portfolio to make more than 20 acquisitions and launched its own new charity initiatives.

Gareth Marshall, Partner and Head of LDC in the North East and Scotland, said: “Business leaders across the region continue to demonstrate real ambition and determination to push on with their growth plans, and it’s been great to support so many of them on their journeys so far. As we look to ramp up our support for management teams across the region, we’re pleased to welcome Aaron and Emma to the team – they know the local business community inside out and I have no doubt they’ll bring a lot to the table in terms of the support we can provide to those looking to grow.”

Alongside growing its team, LDC’s North East and Scotland team is increasing its support for local causes such as The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club.

In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, LDC is also supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs based in the North East and Scotland – such as the founder of Gateshead-based Klee’s Kitchen. In July, LDC announced it had more than doubled its nationwide commitment to The Prince’s Trust to support 10,000 young people to start, sustain and grow their own business.

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