TWO Hampshire bosses have been named among the UK’s most ambitious leaders.

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders for 2021 recognises the people behind some of the UK’s most successful and fastest-growing medium-sized firms.

They include Michael Glanville, managing director of Southampton-based MDL Marinas Group, one of Europe’s largest marina groups.

He joined the business 15 years ago and worked in several marinas and departments before taking charge of the group in 2018.

He said: “I had a vision for how the business should look in five years’ time. The business may be 45 years old, but it’s my ambition to keep MDL at the forefront of innovation.”

MDL has 20 marinas and boatyards with more than 7,000 berths in the UK and Spain. Its local sites include marinas at Ocean Village, Hythe, Shamrock Quay and Saxon Wharf in Northam, and Hamble Point Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour and Holiday Park in Hamble.

It is landlord to more than 500 business tenants, from restaurants and bars to retail outlets, offices and workshops. The group has recently expanded with the addition of two holiday parks.

Mr Glanville said: “I am honoured to be one of this year’s LDC Top 50. I’m so proud of what the business, supported by a dedicated team, has achieved over the last 18 months. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a loyal and supportive customer base and I am looking forward to welcoming many more to join our marinas and explore our newest most innovative products.”

Also named is Michael Frisby, managing director of Vuzion and Cobweb, based in Fareham.

Cobweb UK is a cloud managed service provider supporting more than 4,000 businesses, while Vuzion is a cloud service distributor with offices in Dublin and Belfast, helping more than 600 re-sellers and a million cloud service users.

Mr Frisby said: “It is humbling to be included in this list of outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs, which is only possible because of the great experiences the teams at Cobweb and Vuzion deliver each day for our customers and partners.

“At the core of my ambition is a desire to help businesses achieve their goals through the most appropriate use of technology, based on the principle that we are only successful as a business if they are.”