From a significant number of new applications to the programme this year, 12 businesses from around the country have been named Deloitte Best Managed Companies for the first time. All successfully completed an in-depth two-phase application process
The Beannchor Group is one of the largest independent owner/operators of hotels, bars and restaurants in Northern Ireland. Its brands include the Merchant Hotel, Bullitt, the Dirty Onion, the National and Little Wing Pizzeria. Beannchor has recently embarked on its first venture outside the North with the acquisition of a site on Capel Street, Dublin 1, with planning under way for its second Bullitt Hotel.
Chanelle Pharma provides a spectrum of services in areas of research and development, registration, manufacturing and marketing of generic pharmaceuticals for both the human and veterinary market. Headquartered in Loughrea, Co Galway, the company employs 500 people.
CMS Distribution is a leading specialist distributor, supplying business and consumer technologies in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, France, Australia and China. It says that it “empowers remarkable people to exceed customer expectations through the continual pursuit of service excellence and the delivery of the most innovative technologies”.
Drover Foods Ltd
Drover Foods, established in 1981, is a family-owned business which is located in Wexford and employs 54 people. Drover started making raw frozen sausages for the Irish market three decades ago. Over the years, the business has evolved, and today the company concentrates on the manufacture of ready-to-eat food ingredients destined for the ready-meal, sandwich and pizza manufacturers, primarily in Britain.
Drover’s product range includes cooked sausages, stuffings, falafels, veggie sausages and meatballs, and bhajis/fritters. Its customers include Greencore, Kerry Foods, Birds Eye, Dominos, 2Sisters Food Group, Musgraves and Samworth Brothers.
Established in 1945, FP McCann is a successful, family-run manufacturing and construction company headquartered in Knockloughrim, outside Magherafelt. The company is spread over six divisions: Precast Concrete, Civil Engineering, Ready Mix Concrete, Quarrying, Surfacing and FP McCann Homes.
Gourmet Food Parlour
Gourmet Food Parlour says it believes in flavour, but also in “brilliant service and incredible atmosphere”. It first opened its doors in 2006, and now has 350 staff, 12 operations across Ireland, a catering and events portfolio with multiple blue-chip clients, sporting and university partnerships, central production kitchen and a training centre of excellence.
Insomnia Coffee Company
Insomnia Coffee Company is Ireland’s leading independent premium coffee chain, and the 16th-largest in Europe. It has grown from a single location in a Galway bookstore in 1997 to more than 150 stores and 350 self service machines in operation in Ireland and Britain.
Northern Hydraulics Ltd
Northern Hydraulics is known for building long-lasting professional relationships with its clients. By combining years of industry experience with modern technology, it is able to provide innovative, cost-effective hydraulic cylinder solutions to fit any need.
Sonas Bathrooms is Ireland’s leading provider of quality bathroom products. With 40 years’ experience, it promotes its products to consumers, installers and trade professionals for installation in new build and refurbishment projects in both residential and commercial bathroom applications.
Fitout firm Sonica says its mission is simple: it wants to build the best team, to do the best work, with the best clients and deliver the best results. Nothing less will do.
Walls Construction Ltd
Walls is a privately owned company and is one of Ireland’s leading building contractors, with a proven track record in a diverse range of sectors including commercial, healthcare, education, industrial, retail, conservation and tourism/ leisure.
At the heart of the WaterWipes business is a story of an Irish dad. Edward McCloskey was shocked by the vast array of chemicals in baby wipes. Determined to find a solution for the sensitive skin of his daughter, he went about developing a wipe pure enough to replace cotton wool and water. His solution, WaterWipes, is now a brand recommended by dermatologists, midwives and doctors, even for premature babies’ sensitive skin. The company has enjoyed explosive growth since its launch just eight short years ago and its products are now available in 42 countries.
The ambition of the business is to become a global leader in cleaning and caring for what is more precious to consumers in a sustainable way.