Socially Powerful co-founders named in LDC Top 50 leaders list


James Hacking, Founder and Majid Bahi, CEO, of social-first agency Socially Powerful have been named in The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2023.

Created by trusted investment partner LDC – part of Lloyds Banking Group, and supported by The Times, The

LDC Top 50

LDC Top 50 champions the business leaders who are pushing for growth and building successful medium-sized businesses.

This year’s nominations were of an exceptionally high calibre and the competition was fierce, showcasing the drive and determination that unites business leaders across the UK.

John Garner, Managing Partner at LDC said: “This year’s LDC Top 50 entries surpassed all our expectations and once again showcased the outstanding talent and ambition that exists among entrepreneurs from across Britain.”

James Hacking’s entrepreneurial journey started when he was just 16. He suffered an injury that meant he couldn’t play contact sports for 12 months.

“I started teaching myself ball tricks to pass the time and put them on the newly launched video platform YouTube”, Hacking said. Within a couple of years, he was starring in ads for Nike and Adidas.

Now 34, Hacking is founder of Socially Powerful a global social-first marketing agency which delivers advertising campaigns powered by influencer marketing and paid media clients including brands such as Amazon, TikTok, L’Oréal.

He runs the company with CEO Majid Bahi, and together they have created a £13 million turnover business that employs 80 people across the UK, US, Qatar and Macedonia.

Commenting on their recognition, Hacking and Bahi said: “We’re proud to be featured in this list of resilient entrepreneurs – fostering innovation, driving growth and cracking new markets.

“It’s testament to our staff and work with great clients that we have received this recognition and is just as much an award for them.”

Garner added: “We started The LDC Top 50 six years ago to champion the remarkable success stories of medium-sized businesses, the unsung heroes of the British economy.

“Since then, we’ve received more than 3,000 nominations and celebrated more than 500 business leaders through the programme, surpassing all our expectations.

“Every leader in this year’s cohort has a story as impressive as the next, and I’d like to congratulate them on their achievements so far. We can’t wait to see where they go from here!”

The leaders featured in The LDC Top 50 are growing their businesses at home and overseas, making a positive contribution to society and driving progress against their sustainability goals.

They hail from every corner of the UK and span every sector of the economy. Together, they employ more than 6,700 people and turn over more than £1.2bn.