Nick Thompson, CEO of One Beyond, has been named a Rising Star as part of LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme for 2022.

Created by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, and supported by The Times, The Top 50 celebrates the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.

Now in its fifth year, 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 accolades were given out after an intense judging session, during which this year’s judging panel of Carl Castledine, CEO of Away Resorts; Jan Steele, Founder of Only the Brave Health, Nisha Katona MBE, Founder of Mowgli Street Food; John Garner, Managing Partner of LDC; and Kate Bassett, editor of The Top 50 2022 selected the final award winners.

Nick has been recognised for creating a values-driven culture at software development company One Beyond, that focuses on quality, communication, collaboration, and pragmatism. In nine years, he’s also grown the business by almost 30x – from £1million turnover when he took over in 2013 – and today employs over 350 people.

Nick Thompson, CEO of One Beyond, commented: “I’m immensely grateful to not only be named in the LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders, but also to be recognised as a Rising Star. This year has seen massive change for us, with the rebrand to One Beyond and acquisition of JayStack illustrating our ambition to grow as a business and expand on our capabilities to provide ground-breaking digital solutions.

“The work this company puts in to be one of the most innovative and progressive in the country is down to the core values displayed by every one of our team, each of whom are authentic, compassionate and extraordinary, and go One Beyond the expectations of our colleagues, clients, and even myself.”

LDC’s John Garner added: “Nick has achieved strong growth and is building a business that puts people at the heart of it. There’s no limit to his ambition and he is a deserving Rising Star.

“Those featured in The Top 50 this year are a real source of inspiration; they prove that great things can be achieved even when times get tough. Having backed the ambitions of British businesses for more than 40 years, we know just how important it is to celebrate the people who are driving companies forward, generating growth and creating jobs.

“I’d like to congratulate all of The Top 50 for 2022, especially our award winners! They demonstrate the positive impact of ambition and show exactly what British business leaders are made of.”

You can find out more information on The Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme for 2022 and all of the winners here: