Posted: 04 Feb. 2021 5 min. read

Best Managed Companies

Applying to be recognised as “Best Managed” makes more sense than ever

2020 was a challenging year for most businesses and sectors of the economy, but ever since the first lockdown in March we have seen first-hand examples of local businesses going the extra mile to not just survive but thrive. These companies have continued to operate, manufacture, and deliver goods and services in a hugely disrupted operational environment, while keeping the safety of their people and customers a top priority.

Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Awards will this year seek to recognise those companies and their ability to adapt and respond quickly and effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic. Any Northern Ireland companies that have successfully managed to navigate the many challenges businesses faced throughout the crisis, are encouraged to apply to join a network of Ireland’s top businesses. The Best Managed network now includes more than 130 companies across a range of sectors, including 26 in Northern Ireland. Entries are open now with a final deadline of Friday 26th February.

The awards are now in their thirteenth year and run in association with Bank of Ireland. They recognise the high standards, passion and resilience of businesses here, as well as their management teams, and the contribution they make to our local economy.

Each year, the awards offer us an opportunity to stand back, review the last 12 months and celebrate the teams that have demonstrated growth and innovation. This year is not a normal year and so we want to recognise those businesses who adapted well to one of the most testing years in memory, and applaud their strong leadership and resilience.

The Best Managed awards take place all over the world and the programme is now active in 25 countries. Ireland’s programme launched in 2008 and is the second longest running after Canada where the awards have been running for the past 28 years.

For those companies who applied to be Best Managed, there’s more to the award than a trophy. Consultants from Deloitte and Bank of Ireland support applicants by coaching them through the process, helping teams to review their performance and business plans together, enabling them to garner crucial learnings from their peers.

The Awards will also include a new category this year with the introduction of ‘Best Managed Family Business’, in association with the Family Business Network Ireland. This award recognises that there are some unique challenges that come with being a family owned firm.

Companies which win at this year’s awards will join the exclusive Best Managed Companies Club with access to year-round events such CEO roundtables and fireside chats with leading business figures, as well as the exclusive Best Managed Symposium hosted in partnership with the programme’s academic partner, the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the annual Gala Awards.

For further information and details on how to enter, visit

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Glenn Roberts

Glenn Roberts


Glenn leads the Tax practice in Northern Ireland which is involved in all aspects of the tax compliance and advisory work for Deloitte’s corporate and personal clients. He has wide experience gained through advising a variety of private and public sector organisations. His clients include large corporate groups, owner managed businesses and non-departmental public bodies.