7 March 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
EPS has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the second year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 4 March 2016.
Members of the EPS team with Deloitte Best Managed Companies certificate. Left to right: Neil O’Toole, Joanne Treacy, Katie Murphy & Denis Buckley.
The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the eighth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 800 people from the Irish business community. Frank Ryan, chair of the independent judging panel, was keynote speaker on the night.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The network of 115 Best Managed Companies now employs over 47,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €10bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in export sales of 161% over the last three years.
Commenting on the award, Patrick Buckley, Deputy Managing Director at EPS said: ‘This is a very important award for the EPS team. The evaluation process required in order to maintain our Deloitte ‘Best Managed’ company status extended far beyond financial results, challenging all aspects of our business. To meet these high standards and to be retained as a Best Managed Company is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire EPS team. It is our intention to continue to use best practices throughout the organisation going forward.’
EPS was one of 70 companies to re-qualify for the Deloitte Best Managed status. Companies that apply for requalification must satisfy the programme eligibility criteria and go through a requalification review process in order to ensure that the companies continue to uphold the Best Managed standard. The group’s requalification status means that it not only got nominated and won the award in 2015 but managed to retain the required business practices to be granted the award two years in a row.
Managing Partner of Deloitte and judging panel member, Brendan Jennings commented: ‘Congratulations to all the 2016 winners. All the companies here tonight are at the end of a long process of evaluation, which makes their Best Managed designation even more rewarding and valuable as a marketing tool for their business. It is clear that these companies make an invaluable contribution to the Irish economy – employing 47,000 people and generating turnover of €10bn.’
Sasha Wiggins, CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland, added: ‘Each of the companies being celebrated today have demonstrated their ability to apply best practice management across a wide range of business areas – something we have witnessed first-hand as the lead sponsor of the programme for the third year in a row. It has been a pleasure to mentor and support the management teams of these companies over the past few weeks and months and on behalf of everyone at Barclays, I would like to congratulate them on this wonderful achievement.’
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.
For further information on the awards, go to http://www2.deloitte.com/ie/en/footerlinks/best-managed-companies.html.
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About EPS Group
EPS Group is a specialist wet infrastructure support services group of companies operating across the Republic of Ireland and the UK. It is one of the few genuine end-to-end service providers in the global water sector. Founded upon 46 years of experience, EPS has grown from a modest electrical and pumping services business into an innovative, internationally exporting product and service provider, now focused upon the water, wastewater and clean technology sectors.
EPS are Ireland’s largest, privately owned Design-Build-Operate (DBO) partner for the delivery and operation of water and wastewater assets. Current long-term operational concessions cover over 230 treatment assets serving a population equivalent close to 1 million. We have held contracts with all 34 water authorities in the Republic of Ireland (now transferred to Irish Water), as well as a significant share of the Trader sub-market.