2019 winners

Best Managed Companies

About the awards

There are four different categories of Best Managed Companies award winners:

  • New Best Managed Companies: Companies that receive the award for the first time.These companies must go through a Phase I and Phase II Best Managed Companies Awards Programme application process.
  • Gold Standard: Best Managed Companies that receive the award for the fourth year in a row. These companies must go through a Phase I and Phase II Best Managed Companies Awards Programme application process.
  • Platinum Standard: Best Managed Companies that receive the award for the seventh year in a row. These companies must go through a Phase I and Phase II Best Managed Companies Awards Programme application process.
  • Re-qualifiers: Best Managed Companies, already in the programme that are not going for new, gold or platinum status. 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 Best Managed standard.

44,000 people now employed by Best Managed Companies nationwide

12 new companies were named as Best Managed Companies at the annual awards gala in Dublin, held in conjunction with Bank of Ireland at the Dublin Convention Centre on 3rd March 2019. The companies were awarded this designation following a detailed qualification and judging process that evaluates the entire management team and business strategy in some of Ireland’s top privately owned businesses, looking beyond financial performance at criteria such as operational excellence, strategic planning, governance and talent strategy.

These companies join a network of 136 companies which were awarded the status of Best Managed Company this year. The Best Managed Companies network this year has total revenues of almost €11 billion, export sales of almost €3 billion and total employment of approximately 44,000 people.  

In addition to the new entrants and those that have requalified as a Best Managed Company, 13 companies were presented with the “gold standard” accolade, having secured Best Managed status for four consecutive years, and 13 were awarded “platinum standard”, having won the award for seven years in a row.

This year, 27 of the 32 counties are represented by the winning companies, showing the wide spread around Ireland. 40% of the winners are Dublin-based, while Cork and Antrim accounted for 10% and 9% of the winners respectively.  The list of winners come from a broad mix of industries including the manufacturing, engineering, technology and media, energy, financial services, life sciences, and healthcare sectors.

Anya Cummins, Partner, Deloitte said:

Well done to all of the winning companies on their achievement. The Best Managed Companies process is a rigorous one, examining every facet of an organisation, and the bar is set high by our judging panel. As ever, the spread of companies, right around the country and across a number of industries, underlines the importance of Irish and Northern Irish companies to the economy and in the midst of economic uncertainty, technology disruption, an open competitive market and full employment, the continued strong performance of these businesses is admirable.  In the current environment, it is important for this contribution to be recognised, supported and showcased.

Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said:

It’s a challenging time for businesses in general, with the operating environment consistently and rapidly changing, due to technological developments, new ways of doing things, and challenges on the macroeconomic horizon. The Best Managed Companies this year have demonstrated that they can optimise each area of their business while always operating with an acute awareness of their environment, recognising the opportunities of expansion into global markets, in addition to strategic alliances and partnerships. I look forward to their continued growth.

This year’s judging panel members were Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Brendan Jennings, CEO, Deloitte Ireland; Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director at the IMI; Rose Hynes, Chairman of the Shannon Group Board and Origin Enterprises; and Feargal Mooney, former Chief Executive Officer of HostelWorld.

The 12 first-time winners are:



Beannchor Group


Chanelle Pharma


CMS Distribution


Drover Foods Ltd


FP McCann


Gourmet Food Parlour


Insomnia Coffee Company


Northern Hydraulics Ltd


Sonas Bathrooms




Walls Construction Limited




Gold Standard

Receiving the Award for the 4th consecutive year

  • Asavie
  • Combined Facilities Management Ltd
  • Denroy Plastics Limited
  • Fenergo
  • Fexco
  • Heat Merchants Group
  • King & Moffatt Building Services
  • Learning Pool
  • LED Lighting and Electrical Distribution Group
  • Novosco
  • Portwest
  • SalesSense International
  • Wisetek Solutions Limited

Platinum Club

Receiving the Award for the 7th consecutive year

  • Combilift
  • Demesne Electrical Sales Limited
  • Garvey Group
  • Glenisk
  • Irish Dog Foods Limited
  • Lifes2good
  • McArdle Skeath
  • PRL
  • TVM
  • Kestrel Foods Limited
  • McCue Crafted Fit
  • Joe Duffy Group


Receiving the Award for the 2nd or 3rd consecutive year

  • 2468
  • Acorn Life Group
  • Action Point Technology Group
  • Arkphire
  • Atlas Travel - Corporate Travel Specialists
  • Braidwater Limited
  • Carroll Cuisine
  • Codd Mushrooms Ltd.
  • Crest Solutions
  • Delmec
  • Dennison Trailers
  • EDGE Innovate
  • Flynn
  • GES Group
  • GSLS
  • Kayfoam Woolfson
  • Label Tech Ltd
  • LotusWorks
  • McAree Engineering Works Ltd
  • McCabes Pharmacy Group
  • MeritSoft
  • Neueda
  • Obelisk
  • Ocuco
  • Openet
  • PFH Technology Group
  • Phonvation Ltd
  • PlanNet21 Communications Ltd
  • Rockall
  • Seopa Ltd
  • The Merrion Hotel

Gold Standard Requalifier

Receiving the Award for the 5th or 6th consecutive year

  • Anaconda Equipment International Ltd
  • ByrneLooby
  • Clancy
  • Cliff House Hotel
  • Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group
  • Eason
  • EPS Group
  • Extraspace Solutions
  • H2 Group
  • Henderson Foodservice Ltd
  • Henry Group (NI) Limited
  • Hill Engineering Ltd
  • IT Force
  • Johnson & Perrott Motor Group
  • Joyce's Supermarket Group
  • KCC Architectural
  • KSG
  • Mac-Group
  • Mainline Group
  • Meaghers Pharmacy Group
  • Milner Browne
  • Modular Automation
  • National Chemical Co. (NCC)
  • Openmind Networks
  • Samco Agricultural Manufacturing Ltd.
  • TES
  • Viatel
  • Zenith Technologies Limited

Platinum Club Requalifier

Receiving the Award for the 8th time and above…

  • Abbey Group
  • Ace Express Freight
  • Barry & Fitzwilliam ULC
  • Campion Insurances
  • Cara Pharmacy
  • Cavanaghs of Charleville Ltd
  • CDE Global
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel
  • Ergo
  • Evros Technology Group
  • Fitzers Catering Limited
  • FreeFlow
  • Galway Clinic
  • H&K International
  • Herlihy Supermarket Group Limited
  • J.H Roche and Sons Ltd
  • Java Republic
  • KTL
  • Mash Direct Limited
  • Morgan McKinley
  • Musgrave
  • NPP Group and COMBIND
  • People 1st
  • Portview Fit-Out Limited
  • Quish's SuperValu
  • Silver Hill Foods
  • Surecom NS
  • Tazbell Services Group
  • The Mount Charles Group
  • The Taxback Group
  • The TPI Group
  • Tour America
  • TTM Group
  • Wilsons Auctions Ltd
  • Zeus Packaging Group

About Best Managed Companies  

Best Managed Companies, in association with Bank of Ireland, promotes and recognises excellence in Irish/Northern Irish owned and managed companies. It is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Entrants to the programme will compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

Programme sponsors are Bank of Ireland, the Irish Management Institute and the Sunday Business Post. For further information, visit

International History of Best Managed Companies Programme

Best Managed Companies originated in Canada in 1993, where it has been run successfully ever since and is the country’s leading business awards programme. In addition to Ireland and Canada, the programme is also run in The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, with upcoming launches taking place in Germany, China, the Nordics and Scotland.

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