Clontarf Castle Hotel named as one of Ireland's 25 Best Managed Companies!

(10 Mar 2009)

In total, the twenty-five companies were recognised at an awards Gala dinner in the Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt, which was attended by President McAleese, on 27th February 2009.

The Deloitte Best Managed Awards programme, in association with Bank of Scotland (Ireland), recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. It is the only awards programme that considers companies from every perspective including strategy, capability, commitment, financials and growth potential across all key functions of the business.

Pictured above (from left-right): Paul Cunningham, Head of Banking, Bank of Scotland (Ireland), Pat Cullen, Managing Partner, Deloitte, Pius Furlong, General Manager, Clontarf Castle Hotel, President McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese.

Pat Cullen, Managing Partner, Deloitte commented: " The tremendous success of the winning companies is an inspiration for all Irish companies. We are delighted to be able to recognise these strong business leaders of the future, who embody the immense talent across the island of Ireland."

Paul Cunningham, Head of Banking, Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and judging panel member said: "The 25 Best Managed Companies have shown great focus and dedication in what has been a difficult year for us all. 2009 will be just as tough for business, but, the strong management capability which these companies have already demonstrated, means they will be well positioned to trade through this challenging cycle. Bank of Scotland (Ireland) is very proud to be a part of recognising and supporting their achievements and we hope these companies will continue to flourish and succeed in the years ahead."

The theme of this year’s awards ceremony was ‘A Tribute to Talent’. Given the changing business environment over the past year and the ensuing challenges that the winners have had to overcome through sound management practices, these companies further reinforce the strength of the talent that is present in Ireland.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Details of entry for the 2009 Awards will be issued in the coming weeks on

The ’Best Managed’ designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies – but, perhaps most importantly, the awards provide a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.

About Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards:

Launched in April 2008, the Deloitte Best Managed Companies programme, in association with Bank of Scotland (Ireland), has been developed to promote and recognise 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 include Back of Scotland (Ireland), the Irish Management Institute and the Sunday Business Post. 

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International History of Best Managed Companies Programme

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. Ireland is the third country to run the programme following the launch of the awards in The Netherlands in 2007.