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Apply now: Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

Learn about the programme and apply now

The Deloitte Best Managed designation is a symbol of Irish corporate success and recognises excellence in business management and performance.

The programme was launched in Ireland in 2008 following the success of the Best Managed Companies Programme in Canada where it has been running successfully since 1993 and is the country's leading business awards programme. Each year companies compete for the Best Managed designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

How the programme works

Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.

To be considered for a Deloitte Best Managed Company Award, companies go through a two-phase process. You must first complete a Phase I application form which you can submit online. Companies will be notified in late August as to whether they have progressed to Phase II. Companies shortlisted for this phase of the awards process must complete a second, more detailed submission, in which you must demonstrate how your organisation is meeting and mastering your growth strategy. Phase II evaluates companies under the following headings: strategy, capability, commitment and financials. To assist you during Phase II, we provide coaching or mentoring, where you will receive customised feedback from Deloitte and Barclays.

Eligibility criteria

Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.

Prior to submitting a Phase I application form, companies must ensure that they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Irish/Northern Irish substantially privately owned, managed and controlled companies (incorporated in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland)
  • Turnover in excess of €5 million (£4 million)
  • Established for at least 5 years
  • Demonstration of superior results over past 3 years (in relation to their peers)

The following companies are ineligible:

  • Public companies
  • Foreign multinationals and their subsidiaries
  • Credit unions/insurance companies/banks/co-ops
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations and their subsidiaries
  • Government-owned/public sector agencies
  • Partnerships

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Key dates

Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.
  • 8 June 2014: Launch of 2015 programme
  • 8 August 2014: Deadline for Phase I applications
  • 17 October 2014: Deadline for Phase II applications
  • 6 March 2015: Gala Awards and Symposium

Rewards and benefits

Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.

Companies applying to the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme will receive many rewards.

Benefits of applying

Phase I
Phase I applicants benefit from:

  • Valuable insights on achieving long term success

Phase II
Companies shortlisted for Phase II are asked to complete a second more detailed submission during this phase. You will be assigned a coach from Deloitte and Barclays who will provide you with advice and customised feedback on your submission. Your coaches will help you to focus on your strategic priorities, leverage their experience as advisors and help you take your business to the next level.

Benefits of winning
Exclusive use of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies designation, an important marketing tool for your business

  • Rich networking opportunities
  • National recognition and profile through the Sunday Business Post and other national media
  • An improved ability to attract and retain top talent
  • A reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company
  • Professional development at a symposium (run in conjunction with the IMI) presenting the latest in business thinking
  • Recognition by other business leaders at an exclusive gala awards ceremony

Judging panel

Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.

Evaluation is by an independent judging panel that examines the companies’ management practices in depth. Members of the judging panel include:

  • Frank Ryan (Chair)
  • Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • Peter Allen, Director, Deloitte Belfast
  • Simon Boucher, CEO of IMI
  • Andrew Hastings, CEO, Barclays
  • Siobhan McAleer, Head of Strategic Partnerships, IMI


Gavin Hydes, MD, Joe Duffy Motor Group, pictured with his companies award.

Barclays - Lead sponsor
With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. Our purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.
Barclays has been operating in Ireland since 1978, providing corporate banking services to some of Ireland’s leading companies, multi-nationals and financial institutions. Our clients have access to investment banking, wealth and investment management and corporate banking services.

We have the products and solutions to help businesses succeed, from financing and deposits to currency options. Our presence in Dublin and Belfast allows us to combine innovative, client driven solutions whilst using our specialist knowledge and expertise to deliver the stability and reliability that our clients would expect from Barclays.

We offer Irish businesses a dedicated team of sector specialists with in-depth knowledge of the local market, and the challenges and opportunities our clients face within it. They also provide access to a range of products and services from across the Barclays group to help meet our clients’ requirements, whether they are a partnership, a large business, multinational corporation or a financial institution. From simple transactional products to complex structured finance, we support organisations in maximising their day-to-day efficiency and achieving longer-term objectives.

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Irish Management Institute - Academic sponsor
Focused on improving the practice of management, the Irish Management Institute is the only Irish business school to be ranked in the Financial Times (FT) Executive Education Rankings. In 2013, IMI maintained this status for the fifth year in succession.

We work with individuals and organisations to enhance management competence and facilitate the exchange of management expertise and experience through education, research and top management networks. Our portfolio of programmes is internationally accredited and ranges from short programmes to Masters level degrees, addressing the skills needs of managers at every stage of their career.

IMI also designs and delivers customised programmes for organisations across the spectrum of Irish business and the public sector. These tailored programmes are developed in partnership with client organisations to address their specific business challenges and help them achieve superior business performance and service through the development of their people.

IMI is not-for-profit membership organisation and through its Membership and Knowledge Centre Services, also facilitates the exchange of management expertise through research, business and learning resources and top management networks.

Our state of the art Campus in Sandyford, Dublin also includes a conference centre, office and meeting space and accommodation.
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The Sunday Business Post - Media sponsor
The Sunday Business Post, which was launched in 1989, is one of Ireland’s biggest publishing success stories, and has become a 'must-read' title for Ireland's business decision makers, with over 150,000 weekly readers.
The mission of the newspaper is to encourage enterprise and wealth creation in Ireland and to provide readers with information that is of value to them in their personal and professional lives. Reporters who are experts in the areas of business, finance, politics, law, crime, IT, property, and recruitment provide in depth coverage of stories that matter to our readers. In our new weekly agenda magazine we provide social analysis, opinion columns and the stories behind the lifestyles of our readers including extensive coverage of wine, food, travel, tv, and the arts.

According to the latest industry research, The Sunday Business Post has the highest profile of readers among senior business people including chief executives, directors, senior or middle management or owner managers than any other national newspaper and has the highest profile reader in the AB demographic than any other Sunday newspaper.

The Sunday Business Post is delighted to be working with Deloitte and the other sponsors, Barclays and IMI, in the Best Managed Companies Awards. As media sponsor we will be promoting the awards to our targeted readership through advertising and editorial support as well as participating in the judging of the entrants. We anticipate that the awards programme will correspond to the interests and expertise of our business readers as it promotes excellence in managed and owner managed companies.

Apply now

For further details on the programme, please see our brochure (Interactive or PDF).

Register and apply online here.


For further details, please contact: Clara Magee at Deloitte on +353 1 407 4752 or by email


Kevin Sheehan

Partner - Audit


Clara Magee

Coordinator - Best Managed Companies Programme

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