Three Northern Ireland firms named as Deloitte Best Managed Companies

  • Three Northern Ireland-based businesses have been named by Deloitte as Best Managed Companies for the first time in 2021 awards.

    Twenty-five companies were announced as Best Managed Companies for 2021 after entering the awards programme for the first time this year. The programme is led by Deloitte, in association with Bank of Ireland.

    Including this year’s new winners, 139 companies are now recognised as Best Managed Companies across the island of Ireland. This network of companies has a combined turnover of €8.5 billion and employ a total of 40,000 people.

    The Northern Ireland companies who achieved Best Managed status for the first time this year were mechanical and electrical specialist contractors Dowds Group, field services management software provider Totalmobile and MPA Recruitment, a recruitment agency which provides permanent, contract and temporary workforce solutions.

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    This year’s programme saw the highest number of new applicants in its thirteen-year history and culminated in a virtual symposium and awards ceremony this week. The winning companies come from a range of sectors, including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, technology and construction.

    Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Awards programme promotes and recognises excellence in Irish/Northern Irish owned and managed companies and is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Entrants to the programme compete for the designation in a rigorous process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices in addition to the strategy, capability, innovation, culture and financial performance of their companies.

    Commenting on the awards Jason Starbuck, director at Deloitte in Belfast, said: “The quality of the applicants demonstrated the extraordinarily high-quality businesses operating across the island of Ireland today. In a relentlessly challenging year, the winning companies displayed true bravery in how they adapted to change, with many innovating and some even accelerating their plans for their businesses.”

    17 companies achieved Gold Standard at this year’s awards, having requalified for their fourth consecutive year and 12 companies were awarded Platinum Standard, requalifying for their seventh consecutive year.

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    Nikki Canavan, Senior Director at Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “Over the last number of years the companies in the Best Managed Companies network have shown huge strength in the face of disruption and uncertainty. This year in particular – a year that tested Irish businesses like never before – the judges noted the commitment, bravery, resilience and tenacity of the applicant companies.”

    The members of this year’s judging panel were Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte Ireland; Nikki Canavan, Senior Director, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Kate Malone, Director of Human Resources, IMI; Feargal Mooney, Non-Executive Director, Meetingsbooker and Colm O'Reilly, CEO, The Business Post.

    Source: Written from press release.

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