North East entrepreneur named in national top list

Dan Kitchen, CEO of award-winning managed IT service provider, razorblue has been named as a One To Watch in The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme for 2022.  

The programme, which is supported by The Times and now in its fifth year, celebrates those entrepreneurs that are growing the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms. 

Dan Kitchen said: “It was a real honour to be chosen as One to Watch, especially given the number of incredible businesses we have here in the UK. The success of razorblue is down to the efforts of not just me, but my team too so I need to thank them for their part in achieving this accolade.”  

The company’s 2020-21 financial year saw 32 per cent growth, while in 2021-22 it exceeded this with a total of 48 per cent growth, remaining on track to hit £20million turnover in 2023. It employs over 160 people across seven offices, with plans to increase headcount too. 

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

The Ones to Watch are the business leaders destined for great things. Those who are making waves in their sectors, having a positive impact on their customers and employees, and who are the driving force behind tomorrow’s most successful medium-sized firms. 

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.  This year’s Ones to Watch embody just that and they have really grabbed the judges’ attention with their success stories. Congratulations to all those featured – we look forward to seeing where they go next!” 

razorblue specialises in managed IT, security services, super-fast connectivity, cloud and hosting and business software solutions across a broad range of industries.  

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.