Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, has announced the launch of the 2014/2015 Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The indigenous Irish companies that are successful in this year’s programme will join the growing network of almost 100 leading companies that have been recognised in the six years since the programme began. The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme recognises companies of outstanding quality that have demonstrated superior business performance, and showcases the power of the best Irish indigenous companies. The winners over the first six years of the programme have total revenues of approximately €7 billion. The companies recognised for the first time in year six of the programme alone employ nearly 5,000 people.
Competing companies will be put through a rigourous judging process, measuring a company’s performance using a wide range of criteria including strategy, capability, commitment, financials and management performance across all key functions of the business. Companies that are successful at the end of this process will be announced in March 2015. For the first time, at the awards gala in March 2015, ‘platinum’ winners will be recognised – these are companies that have been awarded Best Managed status each year since the programme began.
Kevin Sheehan, Partner, Deloitte and judging panel member, noted “Over the first six years of the programme, the awards have showcased the very best of Irish businesses and their successes. The Best Managed Companies accolade is an acknowledgement of their achievement. We are now once again searching for like-minded businesses to join this special network. The programme is ready to recognise companies that strive to deliver better, and to do so consistently. We’re excited about hearing from companies that subscribe to this ethos.”
The awards, which are open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, offer benefits to all companies entering the programme – not just the winners. Valuable insights into the ingredients for long-term success of their business will be available to all applicants - and those who progress through the awards process will receive customised feedback and coaching from Deloitte and Barclays Bank Ireland, thereby benefiting from experienced business acumen and expertise.
In addition, winners also receive national and peer recognition, the opportunity to network with their peers in the industry at a gala awards ceremony and attend a symposium organised by the IMI. The Best Managed designation is an important marketing tool – but, perhaps most importantly, the awards provide a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company. For further information and details of how to enter the awards, visit www.deloittebestmanaged.ie The closing date for entries is August 8.