BRITAIN'S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES 2015: THE LIST

2015 2014 Company Score
1 11 Unilever   
75.00
2 1 Johnson Matthey 73.86
3 9 Derwent London 71.95
4 3 easyJet 71.56
5 15 Berkeley Group 70.54
6 38 Betfair 70.53
7= 27 Great Portland Estates 70.07
7= 4 Paddy Power 70.07
9 16 RB 69.52
10 7 Rotork 68.72
11 2 Next 68.24
12 14 Sky 68.00
13 60= Royal Dutch Shell 67.70
14 59 Melrose 67.41
15 5 John Lewis Partnership 67.39
16 70 Bet365 67.32
17 45= Bunzl 67.21
18 57 Shire 67.08
19 54= AstraZeneca 67.05
20 30 Glanbia 67.02
21 8 Croda International 66.50
22 37 Aldi (UK) 66.36
23 113 Land Securities 66.24
24 65 AVEVA Group* 66.13
25 80 Workspace Group 65.93
26 21 William Hill 65.62
27= 34 Babcock International 65.57
27= 85 Ryanair 65.57
29 90= Experian Group 65.56
30 13 Victrex 65.43
31 31= Spirax-Sarco Engineering 65.41
32 49 Rolls-Royce 65.20
33 52 Costain Group 65.08
34 6 Kier Group 64.85
35 - Rightmove 64.72
36 79 Banco Santander 64.71
37 42 Capita 64.50
38 168 Hikma Pharmaceuticals 64.43
39 - Virgin Atlantic 64.40
40 17 BASF (UK) 64.33
41 92= National Grid 64.23
42 23= Kerry Group 64.18
43 53 St. James's Place Wealth Management 64.12
44 108 British Land Company 63.98
45 35 International Airlines Group 63.91
46 47 Elementis 63.88
47 33 Keller Group 63.64
48 20 Stagecoach 63.57
49 36 Galliford Try 63.49
50 74= Shaftesbury 63.44
51 100/28 Dixons Carphone* 63.36
52 56 Schroders 63.33
53 67 GKN 63.25
54 184= BHP Billiton 63.19
55 44 Prudential 63.06
56 204 Smith and Nephew 63.02
57= 66 Associated British Foods 62.98
57= 107 WPP 62.98
59 156 Greencore Group 62.94
60 45= AB InBev (UK) 62.81
61 - TUI Group 62.77
62 29 Hargreaves Lansdown 62.75
63 69 IMI 62.67
64 72= Laing O'Rourke 62.65
65 74= Handelsbanken 62.48
66 88 Barratt Developments 62.38
67 187= Fidessa 62.37
68 83= Bodycote 62.36
69 31= Intertek 62.29
70= 154 BG Group 62.28
70= 12 Diageo 62.28
72 43 Coca-Cola Enterprises 62.24
73 120 Lidl (UK) 62.06
74 78 Dunelm 62.00
75 62 Hammerson 61.98
76 - Ashtead Group 61.92
77 - Marshall Aerospace & Defence  61.50
78 196  Micro Focus International   61.46 
79 90= Halfords 61.43
80 68 Weir Group  61.42
81 25  SABMiller  61.36 
82 184= Rio Tinto  60.93
83 22 Domino’s Pizza (UK)  60.86 
84 71 Legal & General  60.75 
85 121 RELX Group*  
60.72 
86 151 Sage Group  60.64 
87 51 HSBC  
60.57  
88 19 Admiral  60.51 
89 64 Pets at Home Group  60.50 
90 - Regus   60.42  
91 180  NCC Group 60.36
92 144 888 Holdings  60.35 
93 142 Centrica 60.33 
94 162 Severn Trent  60.17 
95 125 Bellway  60.15  
96 40= Carillion  
60.06 
97 126 ITV 59.93 
98 148 Playtech 59.92 
99 220 Smiths Group  59.88 
100 98 National Express  
59.82  
101 110= Synthomer 59.81 
102 86 SSE 59.73 
103 122 Lloyds Banking Group 59.68 
104 26  Aggreko 59.67 
105 109 Standard Life  59.66 
106 - Advanced Computer Software*  
59.63 
107 105 Marston’s 59.57 
108 39 Walgreens Boots Alliance*  59.54 
109 140 Barclays 
59.50 
110 163 BP 59.48 
111 212 Hill & Smith Holdings  59.47 
112 118 Kingfisher  59.21 
113 164  Segro  59.20 
114 104  BTG 58.96 
115 54= The Restaurant Group  58.86 
116 117 BAE Systems  58.83
117 187= Computacenter 58.69 
118 10 McDonald’s Restaurants UK 
58.67 
119 - SSP Group  58.60 
120 - Merlin Entertainments  
58.57
121= 145 LondonMetric Property  58.49 
121= 106 Provident Financial 58.49
123 112 TeleCity Group 
58.36 
124 119 Pennon Group 
58.29 
125 - Scapa Group  58.25 
126 72=  J Sainsbury  58.14 
127 76 Alent 58.08 
128 136 Daily Mail & General Trust  58.07 
129 127 Amlin  
57.90 
130 18 GlaxoSmithKline 57.84 
131 201= Ineos  57.50 
132 60= 
Greene King 57.43 
133 = 81 Marks & Spencer  
57.42
133= 128 Senior 57.42
135 = - Carnival 57.40 
135= 92= Crest Nicholson Holdings  57.40
135 = 114 Ultra Electronics   57.40 
138 58 Go-Ahead Group 57.36
139 135 Essentra 57.29 
140 139 Persimmon  57.14 
141=
Brakes Group  57.13 
141= 173 Vesuvius  57.13 
143 87 London Stock Exchange  57.07 
144 89 Willmott Dixon  
56.97 
145 130 Redrow  56.85 
146 77 IG Group  56.80 
147 40= Aberdeen Asset Management  
56.75 
148 - Cineworld Group  
56.73 
149 155  BBC  56.70 
150 - Thomas Cook Group  56.60 
151 48 Transport for London  56.53 
152 23= 
JD Wetherspoon  56.52 
153 - Booker  56.50 
154 194  
United Utilities   
56.42 
155 158  Taylor Wimpey  56.41 
156= 159 Meggitt  
56.30  
156= 192 TSB* 56.30 
158 172 Rentokil Initial  
56.07 
159 - Indivior 56.03  
160 131 Direct Line Group  55.98 
161= 143 
EDF Energy  
55.83
161 = 197= Rank Group  55.83 
163 181 Tesco  55.82 
164 95 Britvic 55.80
165 149 Spirit Pub Company * 55.73
166 - Morgan Sindall Group  55.63 
167 - Bourne Leisure  55.50
168 166 Aviva 55.47
169 207  Telefónica (UK)   55.20
170 - B&M (European Value Retail) 
55.17 
171 63 Asda (UK) 
54.95
172 137 AG Barr  
54.92 
173 157 GDF Suez Energy UK 
54.78 
174 110= Standard Chartered  54.67   
175= 161 Pearson    54.30
175= 174 TalkTalk Telecom Group 54.30
177 - Saga 54.20
178 152= Carlsberg (UK) 
54.10  
179 - Cairn Energy   
54.04  
180 147 Mitchells & Butlers   54.01
181 189=   Dairy Crest   54.00
182 223 Gala Coral 53.98  
183 101= Henry Boot 53.70
184 178 MJ Gleeson* 53.52  
185 101= Vodafone   53.35
186 152= Cobham 53.25
187 177 Glencore  53.21
188 - Inmarsat 53.10
189 214 Balfour Beatty 53.07
190 170 Old Mutual 53.05
191 123 Tullow Oil 52.90
192 99 Tate & Lyle 52.88
193 183 Ocado 52.86
194 221= UBM 52.83
195 176 Anglo American 52.77
196 199 E.on UK 52.74
197 - GVC Holdings 52.73
198 179 Bovis Homes 52.57
199 103 Henderson Group 52.54
200= 169 Arriva 52.50
200= 197= QinetiQ Group 52.50
202 141 Poundland 52.40
203 189= Wilkinson 52.38
204 146 Investec 52.33
205 129 Molson Coors Brewing Co (UK) 52.25
206 - AA 52.00
207 229 Quindell 51.92
208 - Nichols 51.88
209 - Odeon & UCI Cinemas  51.75
210 94 Lookers 51.71
211 116 Drax Group 51.54
212 210 Wm Morrison 51.52
213 96 BT Group 51.08
214 132 Home Retail Group 50.91
215= 97 Inchcape 50.83
215= 205 Informa 50.83
217 201= FirstGroup 50.47
218 186 Royal Bank of Scotland 50.33
219 206 WHSmith 49.80
220 150 ICAP 49.57
221= 209 Fenner 49.37
221= 182 Miller Group 49.37
223 203 G4S 49.25
224 225 Intu Properties 49.08
225 - Card Factory 
48.83 
226 175 Premier Oil 
48.76 
227 134 3i 
48.40 
228 193 RSA Insurance 47.93
229 208 Carpetright 47.60 
230 211 C&C Group  
46.93 
231 219 2 Sisters Food Group  
46.53 
232= 235 Bank of Ireland 
46.04
232= 200 Flybe 
46.04 
234 224 Ladbrokes 45.24
235 227 Co-operative Group  45.21
236 234 Chemring Group  44.90
237 - Parkwood Leisure  44.40
238 231 Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment  
43.85 
239 - Monarch Holdings  43.67 
240 216 Cable & Wireless Communications 
43.50
241 228 Colt Group*  43.13 
242 226 Debenhams 42.61 
243 221= Enterprise Inns   41.43 
244 215 Iceland 41.27
245 236 Co-operative Bank  40.33 
246 - KCom Group 
39.63 
247 - Monitise  35.50

* Merged, acquired, name change or delisted


HOW THE WINNERS WERE CHOSEN

In conjunction with Leeds Business School, MT asked Britain’s largest public companies in 25 sectors to evaluate their peers. Each sector comprises a maximum of 10 companies. Using nine criteria, participants rated their sector rivals on a scale of 0 to 10 (0 = poor, 5 = average, 10 = excellent). Analysts at leading City investment firms were also polled. On the basis of these scores, three rankings were arrived at: all 247 companies; top 10 overall on each criterion; and league tables in each sector. In sectors where there are insufficient qualifying listed UK companies, selected privately owned firms, international businesses with significant presence in the UK, and publicly or employee-owned organisations were included. Respondents were also asked to name their most admired leader.

Research by Professor Michael Brown, Leeds Business School.

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