Laycock has been at Incubeta for almost 15 years, and has been UK CEO for a little short of two of those years. The Incubeta team is made up of more than 700 ‘creators, thinkers, makers, and doers’ across 22 offices around the world, working for clients including Google, Hyundai, Netflix, HBO, and L’Oréal.
“It’s a huge honour to be included among the other 50 leaders on this list,” said Laycock. “The stereotype of the brash and aggressive CEO has characterised businesses for much of my career. During my two years as CEO, I’ve aimed to show that kindness, approachability, and consideration are still qualities that take you to the top of a successful company.
“As most of the leaders on this list will attest, I wouldn’t be here without the dedicated and inspirational team I work with every day. Nurturing talent from all walks of life has been a key goal in my journey as CEO, and Incubeta wouldn’t be the success it is without them.”
The LDC Top 50, which is supported by The Times and now in its fifth year, celebrates leaders from innovative and fast-growing medium-sized businesses from across the UK. The programme received more than 750 nominations this year – the highest number of people put forward since its inception.
The business leaders nominated represent a range of sectors, and cities and towns across the UK. Collectively, they employ nearly 9,500 people and turnover more than £1.2 billion.
“The volume and quality of submissions this year surpassed all of our expectations,” said John Garner, Managing Partner at LDC. “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.”
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