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Winners announced of Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

Breda Kenny Sheehan of Surcom Network Solutions and Damien Gallagher of KN Networks

Breda Kenny Sheehan of Surcom Network Solutions and Damien Gallagher of KN Networks

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Business advisory firm Deloitte, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, has announced the winners of this year’s Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. Twenty companies, which demonstrated superior business performance, were recognised at an awards gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Friday, where they were joined by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD as special guest speaker.

The awards also recognised three companies for high-quality submissions in the areas of strategy, capability and commitment, which are the cornerstones of the Best Managed Company criteria. Aepona was recognised for strategy; Tekelek Europe Ltd for capability; and Hibernia Evros Technology Group for commitment respectively. 

Commenting on the announcement of the winners, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, said: "If we are to achieve the levels of employment and economic growth we so badly need, we must create a powerful engine of indigenous businesses. The quality of management in Irish companies is an issue which can make a major difference to the performance of our indigenous businesses, but which has not been adequately targeted by recent governments.

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.

Cavanaghs of Charleville was singled out from among the winners to receive a special accolade for 'rising to the challenge', which was the theme of this year's programme. This award reflects the fact that, this year, the judges placed a particular emphasis on the innovative strategies the companies are adopting to ensure their continued success. 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, eight companies are based in Leinster, seven are based in Munster and five are based in Ulster. The winners come from a variety of different industries including IT, telecommunications, hospitality and catering, outsourcing, and design and print, among others.

This is the fourth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Company Awards programme. Those companies that have been recognised as a Best Managed Company in all four years were awarded with a special 'gold standard' accolade. In total 16 companies achieved this success this year.
Details of entry for the 2013 Awards will be issued in the coming weeks on
The 20 winning companies are:
Aepona                                                 (Antrim)
Cara Pharmacy                                      (Donegal)
Cavanaghs Of Charleville Ltd                   (Cork)  
Dairy Farm Training & People                 (Antrim)
Fitzers Catering Ltd                                (Dublin)
Hibernia Evros Technology Group            (Dublin)
J H ROCHE & SONS LTD                         (Limerick)
KN Network Services                              (Dublin)
Mash Direct Limited                                (Down)            
O'Connell Group                                     (Cork)
OSG Outsource Services Group                (Dublin)
Patton                                                   (Antrim)           
Quish Supervalu (Leefield)                      (Waterford)
Surecom Network Solutions Ltd               (Tipperary)       
Tekelek Europe Ltd                                (Clare)
The Printed Image                                 (Dublin)
TIFCO Hotels Group                               (Dublin)
TTM Healthcare                                     (Clare)
Version 1                                               (Dublin)
Zeus Packaging  Group                           (Dublin)

 The 16 gold-standard companies are:

 Ace Express Freight                                (Dublin)
Altobridge                                              (Kerry)
CDE Global Ltd                                       (Tyrone)
City Bin Co                                            (Galway)
Clontarf Castle Hotel Ltd                         (Dublin)
Galway Clinic Doughiska Ltd                   (Galway)
H&J Martin Ltd                                       (Antrim)
H&K International                                  (Dublin)
Kainos                                                   (Antrim)
Kevin Dempsey Distributors Ltd               (Dublin)
Medicare                                               (Antrim)           
Musgrave Group                                    (Cork)
Rigney Dolphin                                       (Waterford)
Sam McCauley Chemists Group               (Wexford)
SouthWestern (formerly SWS BPO Ltd)    (Cork)
System Dynamics Limited                       (Dublin)