Deloitte Best Managed Company Awards

Mar 14, 2014

Byrne Looby Partners has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards  Programme. This year’s  winning  companies were recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 7 March 2014. An  Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, congratulated the award winners in a keynote speech at the event.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with  Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

Special award for Commitment

The awards 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. Johnson & Perrott Motor Group was recognised for strategy; Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group for capability; and Byrne Looby Partners for commitment respectively. The National Chemical Company Ltd was selected from among the winning companies to receive the special Irish Management Institute award, which recognised the company’s commitment to learning.

Pictured: John Byrne and Michael Looby with the Deloitte Best Managed Company Awards Judging Panel

Commenting on the awards, John Byrne, joint managing director said: ”We are delighted to have been named as a Deloitte Best Managed Company and to receive a special award for commitment to staff. It’s a testament to the fantastic commitment of our team and the hard work they’ve done to push the company forward in recent years.”

“We have responded to the challenges presented by the economic downturn by expanding outside the Irish market particularly since the recession and have become a truly international company. This strategy, with a lot of hard work and commitment from our staff, has allowed us to expand and grow and has brought us to the position we are in today” said Byrne’s fellow managing director Michael Looby.

Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Frank Ryan, chaired the independent judging panel  that took a holistic approach to measuring company performance, looking at strategy,  capability, commitment, and management performance, in addition to financials. The  Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective.

Commenting, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, said: "It is great to see so many indigenous Irish companies achieving this best in class standard and a good sign we can achieve the aim of becoming the best small country in the world for business. Companies like the award winners are the job creators who are crucial to our economic  recovery. The Government wants to build on the 61,000 new jobs created last year and, through the Action Plan for Jobs, will continue a relentless focus on creating jobs in the domestic economy."

Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte and judging panel member echoed the Taoiseach’s comments saying: “As the Irish economy continues to strengthen the outlook for the winning companies is extremely positive. They have all demonstrated an  exceptional ability to innovate and grow and are now excellently positioned to benefit as the outlook for Ireland Inc continues to improve.”

Andrew Hastings, CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland, added, “As a lead sponsor, we have witnessed first-hand how some of Ireland’s best managed companies are excelling. Having mentored and supported each of them throughout the process, we have been particularly impressed by their ability to adapt and display best practice management across a wide range of  key business areas. It is clear that the companies recognised  today have succeeded in applying  this winning formula and I believe they are setting a great example for all businesses across Ireland.”

The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme was created to recognise the overall success of a company, including management strength, ability to innovate, strategic initiatives and financial performance – all the elements that contribute to a  Best Managed company. The ’Best Managed’ designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies – but, perhaps most importantly, the award provides a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.

About Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, promotes and recognises excellence in 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 Barclays Bank Ireland, the Irish Management Institute and  the Sunday Business Post. For further information, visit

The Best Managed Companies Programme 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 and Mexico.