Glenisk recognised for achievement in leveraging business networks

3 February 2013 - 14 ‘Gold Standard’ companies recognised for four years of excellence

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, has announced the winners of the 2012/2013 Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. Twenty companies which operate at the highest levels of business performance were recognised at an awards gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Friday night, where they were joined by former Taoiseach and Chairman of IFSC Ireland, John Bruton. Three companies were also recognised for high quality submissions in the areas of strategy, capability and commitment, which are the cornerstones of the Best Managed Companies programme. Voxpro was recognised for strategy; The Now Factory for capability; and Blackbourne Integrated M&E for commitment respectively.

Commenting on the announcement of the winners, Chairman of IFSC Ireland, John Bruton, said:

“The achievements of the winning companies here tonight are even more exceptional in light of the challenges that companies continue to face all around the country. The network of excellence that these companies are joining is well positioned to drive economic growth and employment in the coming years, amid renewed investment and confidence in the Irish indigenous sector. This sector is of fundamental importance to the Irish economy, and I congratulate all involved.”

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.

Glenisk was selected from among the winning companies to receive the special IMI award. This award was for achievement in leveraging and cultivating business networks and reflects the fact that, this year, the judges placed a strong emphasis on the importance of networking in developing new business opportunities. The company received a place on the IMI’s Senior Executive Programme which will equip one of its senior team with the strategic skills and leadership understanding to position both themselves and their organisation for continued success.

The winning companies are located throughout the island of Ireland. Of the twenty winners, twelve companies are based in Leinster, four are based in Ulster, three in Munster and one in Connacht. The winners come from a variety of different industries including manufacturing, ICT, hospitality and catering, outsourcing, and design and print, among others.

Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte and judging panel member commented:

“This year’s winning companies, which now join the growing network of Best Managed Companies, represent the best of innovation, creativity, dynamism, tenacity and excellence in the indigenous sector. Deloitte is proud to celebrate their success and potential. These awards acknowledge their hard work and commitment and we are delighted to showcase their achievements.”

Gold standard companies
In addition to the winning companies, those companies that have been recognised as a Best Managed Company for the fourth time were awarded with a special ‘gold standard’ accolade. In total 14 companies were designated with the gold standard this year.

Winning companies
The twenty winning companies are:

  • Blackbourne Integrated M&E, Antrim
  • Blue Insurances Ltd, Dublin
  • Callan Bacon Company Ltd, Kilkenny
  • CarTrawler, Dublin
  • Combilift, Monaghan
  • Core Media, Dublin
  • Demesne Electrical Sales Ltd, Dublin
  • Garvey Group, Kerry
  • Glenisk Ltd, Offaly
  • Lifes2good, Galway
  • Irish Dog Foods Limited, Kildare
  • Joe Duffy Motor Group, Dublin
  • Kestrel Foods Ltd, Armagh
  • McArdle Skeath, Louth
  • NOONAN, Dublin
  • PRL Group, Dublin
  • The Now Factory, Dublin
  • TVM, Cork
  • Voxpro, Cork.

The fourteen gold standard companies are:

  • Abbey Tours, Dublin
  • Barry Group, Cork
  • Castlecool, Monaghan
  • Designer Group Engineering Contractors, Dublin
  • Hodson Bay Group, Westmeath
  • Java Republic Ltd, Dublin
  • KTL Group, Kildare
  • National Plastic Packaging Group Limited, Dublin
  • Tazbell Services Group,Dublin
  • Eakin Holdings Limited, Down
  • The Taxback Group, Kilkenny
  • Tour America, Dublin
  • Wilsons Auctions Ltd, Antrim.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Details of entry for the 2013/2014 programme will be issued in the coming weeks on

The ’Best Managed’ designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies – but, perhaps most importantly, the awards provide a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.

Requalified companies
Winners of the awards can apply to requalify as a Deloitte Best Managed Company for the next two years, following receipt of the award for the first and fourth time (gold standard). Companies applying for requalification must satisfy the programme eligibility criteria and go through a requalification review process in order to ensure that the companies continue to uphold the standard of a Deloitte Best Managed Company. This year 51 companies, which have previously won the award, requalified. To view a list of these companies, please visit


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