Best Managed Companies: platinum winners

Ten companies from around the country have demonstrated superior performance for seven years running. Their achievement is being recognised this year in the programme’s platinum club category

Sean Heaphy of the H2 Group, pictured at the opening of the new Spar at Fermoy on the Cork Road. Picture: Don MacMonagle

Clancy Construction

Clancy Construction is a leading main building contractor operating in the Irish market. The company competes in both the public and private sectors for residential, commercial, industrial, healthcare, leisure and conservation and restoration projects. Its reputation is built on working in partnership with clients, design teams, sub-contractors and the supply chain.

Cliff House Hotel

Cliff House Hotel is a five-star, privately owned luxury hotel located close to both Cork and Waterford. The building seems to defy gravity, clinging to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay. The privately owned hotel also features an intimate destination spa and a Michelin-star restaurant.


Best known as Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, news and magazines, Eason is an iconic Irish brand with a rich heritage dating back some 130 years. Its vision is to “Inspire and Engage Minds of all Ages” as an omni-channel retailer operating more than 50 stores in Ireland.

EPS Group

EPS is a wet infrastructure specialist operating across Ireland and Britain, employing more than 500 people, and one of the few genuine end-to-end service providers in the global water sector. Founded in 1968, EPS has grown into an innovative, internationally exporting product and service provider focused on the water, wastewater and clean technology sectors.

ESS Modular

ESS Modular is an industry leader in off-site modular construction in Britain and Ireland. Headquartered in Dublin, the company has three decades of experience in providing building solutions to the market and employs more than 220 people across five locations in Dublin, London, Manchester, Belfast and Cork.

H2 Group

H2 Group was established in 2004 with a mission to own and operate a network of award-winning Spar Convenience Stores and Service Stations in Ireland. H2 Group is achieving this aim by developing new sites and improving underperforming retail forecourt operations, often tailoring the shops to suit the surrounding community. H2 Group currently has 12 sites around Ireland employing more than 300 people and a head office in Listowel, Co Kerry.

Henry Group (NI)

Henry Group comprises a number of manufacturing and construction companies, with Henry Brothers the largest company within the group. Henry Brothers builds in partnership with its clients, and has a proven track record in the education, defence, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare sectors.

Hill Engineering

Hill Engineering has been a global manufacturer and exporter of excavator attachments since 1994. The company manufactures a range of fully-automatic quick couplers – TEFRA, to suit excavators from two- to 120-ton. It also manufactures a range of excavator buckets. TITAN buckets can be manufactured for the most extreme applications.

IT Force

Founded in 1999, IT Force is an IT managed services provider which transforms the IT of organisations. Its trusted team offers consulting, outsourcing and technical services, alongside superior end-user and device management support.

Meaghers Pharmacy Group

Meaghers Pharmacy has transitioned from a traditional bricks-and-mortar pharmacy to the leader in the pharmacy industry, offering excellence in customer experience, not only to the nine communities its pharmacies serve, but also, digitally, to customers in 58 countries across the globe.

Openmind Networks

Openmind provide mobile and wholesale operators, aggregators and social media providers with the best services in the market, enabling them to create new revenue streams from mobile messaging solutions. Powering more than one billion transactions daily, Openmind’s team of experts supports its messaging journey through NFV, 4G, 5G and RCS.

Samco Agricultural Manufacturing

Samco is a family-run business based in Adare, Co Limerick. It designs and manufactures bespoke agricultural equipment and degradable film for use in the agricultural and food sectors globally.