Charles Hartwell, CEO of veterinary group Eville & Jones 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.

Eville & Jones (E&J) is Europe’s largest independent provider of veterinary inspection services.  E&J’s dedicated and highly skilled team deliver audit, verification and enforcement services in the fields of animal health, public health and animal welfare.  The company is recognised as the UK industry leader and has a well-established presence throughout Europe and further afield.  As a company E&J is committed to the safeguarding of public health and to maintaining the food supply chain through all our essential activities, while ensuring the protection of animal welfare.

Charles Hartwell, CEO of E&J said: “I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the whole team at E&J.  Our people work incredibly hard supporting all the necessary parties in the food supply chain so they can meet the required standards both in terms of food safety and animal welfare.  This work is incredibly important and something I know we all take very seriously.  This award validates the work we are doing and is a huge credit to the entire team.”

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:  For more information on E&J contact Jonathan Russell on 07791 295766.