Galway Bay Hotel receives gold standard accolade at Best Companies Awards

Pictured with the award are Hodson Bay Group owner John O'Sullivan, MD Padraig Sugrue, and directors Dan Murphy and Timothy Hayes.

Pictured with the award are Hodson Bay Group owner John O'Sullivan, MD Padraig Sugrue, and directors Dan Murphy and Timothy Hayes.

Hodson Bay Hotel Group has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in this prestigious Deloitte Awards Programme for the fourth year in a row, recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin recently. Former Taoiseach, Chairman of IFSC Ireland and EU Ambassador to the EUR, John Bruton, was special guest speaker at the event.

The programme recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

Companies that are recognised for four years running are awarded with a special ‘gold standard’ accolade. Only 14 companies were designated with the gold standard this year.

Speaking after the Hodson Bay Hotel Group was presented with a Deloitte Best managed Company Award, Company Chairman Mr John O Sullivan said that it was a great source of personal pride to see the company, which he founded over 20 years ago and now under the stewardship of a young dynamic group of directors being acknowledged by the judges for their performance. Mr O Sullivan attributed their success to the loyalty, friendliness and professionalism of the staff and a relentless pursuit of excellence by the directors in the areas of people, process and product development.

Currently the group owns and operates the Hodson Bay Hotel on the shores of Lough Ree, The Galway Bay Hotel on Galway city’s seafront and the new Sheraton Athlone Hotel, which sits among a family of top retail brands in The Athlone Towncentre retail development. The group has redefined its operation over the past number of years to a more competitive business model and it is now planning to avail of the opportunities being presented to expand its portfolio of properties .The group’s existing relationship with Sheraton is a major advantage in achieving this goal.

An independent judging panel, chaired by Liam O’Mahony, measured company performance by looking at a broad range of criteria including strategy, capability, commitment, financials and management performance across all key functions of the business.

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