Galway firms shortlisted for all-Ireland awards

Three Galway companies have been shortlisted in this year’s Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards.

Acorn Life, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, and JSL Group Ltd/Stewart are named in the list of 53 companies for the awards which will be announced next March.

Some 40 per cent of those shortlisted operate in consumer business space, with 30 per cent from the tech industry. Twenty-five are competing for the first time with half of them in the technology and software sectors.

Richard Howard, lead partner on Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Programme, says it is encouraging that almost half of the shortlisted companies this year are new to the programme.

"It’s evidence of the continuous stream of ambitious home-grown enterprises in Ireland. The challenge for all of us is to support these businesses and make it easy for them, and in turn the wider economy, to grow.”

Forty-one per cent of shortlisted companies are based in Dublin, with 11 per cent from Cork. The remainder are drawn from 15 counties around Ireland. These companies will compete to be part of the Best Managed network of Irish companies, built over nine years of the awards programme.

Sasha Wiggins, CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland, says Ireland’s economy has strengthened considerably and continues to offer significant business opportunities for growth.

Shortlisted companies work with coaches from Deloitte and Barclays, as they face an in-depth review by the judging panel of every aspect of their operations. This is the ninth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards which are open to companies from all 32 counties.

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