30th September 2022
Toga Group announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies 2022
Company receives award for the third time
Toga Group, which comprises Toga Freight and Toga Customs, has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies. The awards programme is led by Deloitte Ireland, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the 3rd consecutive year. This is the first year where the awards programme returned as an in-person event following the pandemic and culminated with a gala awards ceremony at The Convention Centre Dublin.
Nine new businesses have been awarded Ireland’s Best Managed Companies accolade at the 14th annual awards programme, led by Deloitte in association with Bank of Ireland. This year, Deloitte recognised 136 indigenous companies at the awards representing 25 of the 32 counties across Ireland.
Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Awards programme promotes and recognises excellence in Irish/Northern Irish owned and managed companies and is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Entrants to the programme compete for the designation in a rigorous process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices in addition to the strategy, capability, innovation, culture and financial performance of their companies.
Commenting on the award, Martin Gately, CEO, Toga Group said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as a Best Managed Company for the 3rd consecutive year. Having first achieved this award before Covid in early 2020, it is true recognition of the careful path our management team has taken and the strategies we used to navigate through the difficult times of the Covid Pandemic and the Brexit transitions”
Brian Murphy, Lead Partner for Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Awards Programme at Deloitte said: “Year-on-year we’re impressed by the businesses that qualify and requalify for our Best Managed Companies Awards and in another uncertain year, the entries continued to raise the bar. Despite the challenges these businesses faced, the management teams of the winning companies have embraced new opportunities for innovation and growth, offering best-in-class products and services to their customers and retaining their competitive advantage in a world that is ever-changing.”
The nine newly qualified companies are: Kefron (Dublin), Clarke (Antrim), MTM Engineering ltd (Meath), Relatecare (Waterford), Kilwaughter Minerals Ltd. (Antrim), Kent Stainless Ltd. (Wexford), Re-gen Waste Ltd. (Down), Anthony Nicholas Group (Dublin) and Corrib Oil Group (Galway).
In addition to the nine entrants and those that have requalified as a Best Managed Company, 10 companies achieved Gold Standard, including Dublin’s independent coffee chain group Insomnia Coffee Company and Louth’s chemical free and biodegradable baby wipes company WaterWipes securing Best Managed Company status for four consecutive years. Nine companies were awarded Platinum Standard, which included Mayo’s outdoor clothing manufacturer Portwest and Kerry’s financial services company Fexco having won this recognition seven years in a row.
Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte Ireland and judging panel member said:
“A stand out from the judging process this year was the distinct focus of the Best Managed Companies on their local communities, despite their own international growth and ambition. Businesses have a vital role to play in our society. It was clear from the entries this year that they were having a positive impact not only on their own business, but also on the communities around them. I look forward to seeing how these businesses continue to invest, grow and contribute to our wider society.”
Nikki Canavan, Senior Director, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “This has been quite a year for Irish businesses, a year that began in 2022 in the grip of a global health crisis, with businesses grappling to emerge from pandemic restrictions being met almost immediately by new challenges, the global equilibrium rocked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, rapid inflationary pressure, tightening labour markets, not to mention, the almost forgotten, but prevailing Brexit tailwinds. The performance of these Best Managed Companies throughout the pandemic and these more recent headwinds is a testament to the energy, resilience and skills of their respective management teams and staff who have all been resolutely tested in ways we could not have predicted over the last few years. Bank of Ireland has been delighted to be able to support them through this year, as their Bank in many cases and also through our Coaches on the BMC programme.”
Toga Group was founded in 1978 by the late Peter Toner and the current MD, Martin Gately.
Employing over 50 staff in two locations in Dublin, Toga offers both freight and customs clearance services to many of Ireland’s largest companies and is amongst the largest operator in “Groupage services” between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Toga works with 9 partner depots in the UK and 8 European partners as well as loading weekly from Turkey, Switzerland and Shanghai, resulting in around 150 trailers and containers of mixed palletised shipments arriving in our Dublin 12 transit facility each week.
About the Best Managed Companies Awards
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies programme, in association with Bank of Ireland, promotes and recognises excellence in Irish/Northern 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 process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.
Programme sponsors are Bank of Ireland, the IMI and the Business Post. For further information, visit www.deloittebestmanaged.ie.
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. In addition to Ireland and Canada, the programme is currently run in a total of 48 countries including China, The US, Southeast Asia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Mexico and Chile.
About Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland’s purpose is to enable its customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. The Group is one of the largest financial services providers in Ireland, offering a wide range of banking and other financial services and operating Ireland’s largest retail branch network. In the UK, the Group has long-established partnerships with the Post Office and the AA providing consumer financial services. The Group’s international business is conducted by its Corporate Banking and Global Markets teams operating from Dublin, London, and offices in continental Europe and the United States.
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