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1. What is the Best Managed Companies programme?

The Best Managed Companies programme is a deep dive into the company’s strategic and operational management by using different perspectives: your management, employees and supervisory board, Deloitte experts, and other Tier 1 players. It is a great way to recognise overall business performance and growth as well as advice on how to improve weak spots. Besides that, the programme also offers a network of peers and is closed off by an amazing event.

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2. How does a company apply to be one of the Netherlands’ Best Managed Companies?

To be considers a Best Managed Company, you have to meet our criteria and go through the two-phase application process. 

Phase 1
If you are interested and meet the criteria, you can apply by filling in the form on the registration page. Once you are registered, you will receive an invite to fill in the Quickscan; phase 1 of the programme. The Quickscan verifies eligibility and should only take approx. 30 minutes to complete the online form with the information on-hand.

Phase 2
If your participation is approved after evaluating the Quickscan, you’ll be invited for the second phase of the programme. In this phase we gather insights into all levels of your organisation, by means of questionnaires and a deep dive. The result of this assesment is a report setting out actionable next steps. Read more on the exact programme in this article

Phase 3
The programme will be closed off by a spectacular award event, celebrating the Dutch business excellence. During this event the BMC participants receive their BMC Award. On top of that the BMC-jury will hand out Excellence Awards to participants that really stand out in one of the fundamental pillers of the programme. 

3. What are the application criteria?

The criteria we use for the programme are:

  • Turnover in excess of 50 million
  • Established for at least 5 years
  • Perceived as Tier 1 player in its respective (niche-) segment
  • Majority stake owned by Dutch resident persons or entities
  • HQ or major decision center in the Netherlands (operations can be abroad)
  • Fully compliant from legal, tax and ethical perspective
  • Managing services effectively adapting to changing market conditions, over the past three financial years
  • Strong governance structure (cfr. Active advisory board/board of directors)

4. What makes Best Managed Companies distinctive and different from other programmes?

The Best Managed Companies is a programme that focusses on the entire company, not on the individual. Different perspectives from within the company are used to create deep insights: your management, employees and supervisory board. The gathered information will be further analysed during an interactive session with participants of your company, and transformed into actionable next steps.

5. Are there any costs attached to applying for the Best Managed Companies programme?

No, all we ask for is an investment in terms time.

6. When does the application period close?

The BMC 2021/2022 programme application period runs from the beginning of September until October 30th, 2021.

7. What is the privacy policy that relates to handling of company information?

All submissions are confidential and the program is compliant with Deloitte's strict privacy and confidentiality policies.

8. About the awards ceremony

We welcome the participants of Best Managed Companies Netherlands to join us at our BMC Festival awards ceremony where we celebrate the achievements of all the companies. During the event a BMC jury of corporate leaders, presents Excellence Awards to BMC companies that really stand out in one of the fundamental pillars, such as culture and commitment. 

9. About the global programme

The Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies is currently active in more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The programme commenced in Canada more than 25 years ago and the most recent launches include Switserland, Japan, and Uruguay. The Netherlands is one of the original four countries, hosting the BMC since 2008.

Unfortunately you can't register for the Best Managed Companies programme 2021/2022. However, are you interested and does your company comply with the set criteria? Send us an email via, and we'll keep on the next edition.

Please note that due to the limited capacity, your application does not guarantee participation in the programme. 

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