10 of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies 2020

A razor-sharp focus and the ability to adapt to a disruptive marketplace are the qualities that make up companies in Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. We look at 10 of these companies.

At the weekend nine new companies were inducted into a network of 130 companies with a combined turnover of €11.4bn that have earned the title ‘Best Managed Company.’

Between them these 130 companies have over €3bn in export sales and provide more than 42,000 jobs.

“We are celebrating 130 companies that are not afraid to be challenged on their strategies – in fact want to be challenged – and that have risen to the challenge”

The Deloitte programme, in association with Bank of Ireland, is in its 12th year and culminated at a symposium and gala awards ceremony at Dublin’s Convention Centre this weekend.

“The fast pace of disruption in the current marketplace makes it critical for organisations to maintain holistic, integrated strategies and seek long-term growth opportunities,” explained Anya Cummins, Lead Partner for the Best Managed Companies Awards Programme at Deloitte.

“Through the Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, we are working with applicant companies to help them focus on strategies that will drive sustainable growth for them into the future. We are celebrating 130 companies that are not afraid to be challenged on their strategies – in fact want to be challenged – and that have risen to the challenge.”

The nine newly-qualified companies are: Ard Rí Group (Kerry), Burnside Eurocyl (Carlow), City Bin (Galway), Enet (Cork), eShopWorld (Dublin), Frylite (Tyrone), Iconic Offices (Dublin), Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork) and Toga Group (Dublin).

11 companies achieved Gold Standard at this year’s awards, having requalified for their fourth consecutive year and 13 companies were awarded Platinum Standard, requalifying for their seventh consecutive year.

“The Best Managed Companies programme is a unique opportunity for organisations to not only examine and improve upon their overall performance, but importantly to celebrate the hard work that their teams put in all year round,” added Nikki Canavan, senior director, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking.

“The programme has supported numerous indigenous Irish companies to re-evaluate and strengthen their business strategies and their growth and development plans. It is inspiring to watch such a vast number of companies requalify for this prestigious award and retain their position in this impressive and growing alumni of best managed companies in Ireland.”

And so here are 10 we selected from the 33 firms awarded this year:

2468 Group

Founded in 2003, Meath-based 2468 Group delivers coffee, snacking, water and washroom services to over 9,000 customers in Ireland and the UK. Operations are run from headquarters in Dunboyne and it has hubs in Basingstoke, Warrington and Newcastle. The company roasts its own coffee its coffee brand Fern  is over 125 years old. “We maintain our equipment with a personal service, which our customers can count on. Our mission is to provide a better workplace experience, for everyone.”

Acorn Life Group

Established over 30 years ago, Galway-based Acorn Life is a 100pc Irish-owned life assurance company providing protection, pensions, savings and investment products. Acorn Life’s success is built on providing financial advice through long term relationships in local communities. At the end of 2019, Acorn Life had assets of €845m and premium income was €118m during the year.

Anaconda Equipment International

Tyrone-based Anaconda Equipment manufactures and export machinery for use primarily in the mining, quarrying, organic and waste recycling industries. Anaconda’s current range of equipment includes Crushers, Screeners, Feeding and Conveyors. The company’s key to export success is providing innovative and versatile equipment at the right price. Its dealer network extends across the globe spanning across 50 countries and six continents. “We place emphasis on excellent quality and a responsive after-sales service to support our dealer network and their end-users.”

Ard Rí Group

Tralee-based Ard-Ri Group started in 1990 as a family business and consists of two divisions: Deanta is Ireland leading door manufacturing; Henley is Ireland leading stove manufacturing. The Deanta and Henley philosophy is that teamwork underpins everything from the assembly line staff to the managing directors, as such every member of staff and their role is valued as a vital part of the process. This results in a working environment which is fun and always productive.


Dublin-based Arkphire is a leading IT product procurement and IT services company, serving customers from within Ireland and internationally. Arkphire provides integrated technology solutions that span desktops, networking, security, cloud and data centres, enabling the digital workspace and supporting businesses on their digital transformation journey. Following its acquisition of Trilogy Technologies in 2020, Arkphire is now positioned as the largest and fastest growing Irish headquartered IT procurement and IT managed services business. The Arkphire group employs over 200 people and generates revenues of over €150m.

City Bin Co.

Established in Galway in 1997, The City Bin Co. has grown to become a leading provider of waste collection services in Ireland. The company has become synonymous with customer service and has developed an international reputation in the field.


Dublin-based eShopWorld is a global e-commerce technology partner to many of the world’s best known brands. It combines innovative technology, deep local market expertise, and global infrastructure to build successful online businesses in diverse markets around the world. “We offer brands and retailers speed to market, fast revenue growth, reduced operational cost and brand security, all by delivering a premium, local online shopping experience to global shoppers.”

Johnson & Perrott Motor Group

Johnson & Perrott Ltd is one of Ireland’s largest motor groups with operations in motor dealerships, fleet management and the provision of heavy commercial motor vehicles for short term hire and contract hire.

McAree Engineering Works Ltd

McAree Engineering is a third-generation family business operating out of three factories in North County Monaghan. Employing over 150 people they are one of Irelands leading Sheet Metal Fabrication Companies. They provide a design and manufacturing service to leading OEMs across the island of Ireland as well as designing and manufacturing their V-Mac range of bulk storage handling solutions. Their Projects Division specialises in the design and manufacture of bespoke, mechanical engineering projects. Since being awarded Deloitte Best Managed Company status, McAree Engineering has grown rapidly on the back of a major €7m investment in capability and facilities, including a new 40,000 square foot factory at its Ballinode site which opened last year.


Viatel is a home-grown Irish company offering solutions for connectivity, cloud and security requirements. Based in Dublin, it provides a full suite of bespoke cloud solutions for small-to-medium enterprises, corporate, public sector and wholesale customers. Viatel provides services to many of Irelands leading enterprises including Fexco, SalesSense, Actionpoint, Ocuco and The Taxback Group.

All the winners

The nine first-time winners were:

Company County
Ard Rí Group Kerry
Burnside Eurocyl Carlow
City Bin Galway
Enet Cork
eShopWorld Dublin
Frylite Tyrone
Iconic Offices Dublin
Irish International Trading Corporation Cork
Toga Group Dublin

The Gold Standard winners were:

Company County
2468 Group Meath
Acorn Life Group Galway
ActionPoint Technology Group Limerick
Arkphire Dublin
Atlas Travel – Corporate Travel Specialists Dublin
Flynn Dublin
Label Tech Dublin
McAree Engineering Works Ltd Monaghan
Openet Dublin
Seopa Ltd Antrim
Vizor Software Dublin

The Platinum Standard winners were:

Company County
Anaconda Equipment International Tyrone
ByrneLooby Dublin
Collins McNicholas Galway
Henderson Foodservice Ltd Antrim
Johnson & Perrott Motor Group Cork
KCC Architectural Dublin
KSG Dublin
Mac-Group Down
Mainline Group Cork
Modular Automation Clare
National Chemical Co. (NCC) Dublin
TES Tyrone
Viatel Dublin

Image at top: Martin McVicar of Combilift, music composer Eimear Noone and Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte.

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 11 March, 2020