2016

2015

Company

Score

1 ARM* 98.38
2 1 Unilever 96.44
3 13 Royal Dutch Shell 96.32
4 5 Berkeley Group 95.13
5 2 Johnson Matthey 93.88
6 31 Spirax-Sarco Engineering 93.57
7 Halma 92.5
8 InterContinental Hotels Group 91.67
9 118 McDonald's Restaurants UK 90.5
10 29 Experian 90.24
11 10 Rotork 90.03
12 9 RB 89.85
13 120 Merlin Entertainments 89.3
14 42 Kerry Group 89.06
15 14 Melrose 88.5
16 70 Diageo 88.4
17 30 Victrex 88.17
18 85 RELX Group 87.82
19 Whitbread 87.75
20 4 easyJet 87.4
20 62 Hargreaves Lansdown 87.4
22 22 Aldi (UK) 87.33
23 7 Great Portland Estates 87.25
24 20 Glanbia 87.11
25 158 Rentokil Initial 86.85
26 130 GlaxoSmithKline 86.84
27 Pfizer (UK) 86.83
28 Greggs 86.19
29 25 Workspace Group 85.94
30 35 Rightmove 85.91
30 69 Intertek 85.91
32 21 Croda International 85.83
33 19 AstraZeneca 85.69
34 86 Sage Group 85.57
35 Kingspan 85.47
36 54 BHP Billiton 85.42
37 12 Sky 85.35
38 51 Dixons Carphone 85.32
39 43 St. James's Place Wealth Management 85.19
40 110 BP 85
41 65 Handelsbanken 84.83
42 18 Shire 84.69
43 15 John Lewis Partnership 84.48
44 61 TUI Group 84.33
44 57 Associated British Foods 84.33
46 34 Kier Group 84.24
47 Abcam 84.15
48 3 Derwent London 84.14
49 50 Shaftesbury 84.13
50 Fever-Tree 84.07
51 Travis Perkins 83.88
52 Wolseley 83.7
53 179 Cairn Energy 83.68
54 57 WPP 83.65
55 135 Crest Nicholson Holdings 83.64
56 45 International Airlines Group 83.55
57 135 Carnival 83.3
58 AO World 83.29
59 155 Taylor Wimpey 83.28
60 148 Cineworld Group 83.25
61 11 Next 83.14
62 55 Prudential 83.12
63 24 AVEVA Group 83
64 66 Barratt Developments 82.84
65 143 London Stock Exchange 82.67
66 68 Bodycote 82.57
67 27 Ryanair 82.5
68 94 Severn Trent 82.46
69 17 Bunzl 82.33
69 33 Costain Group 82.33
71 Sophos Group 82.25
72 82 Rio Tinto 82.21
73 23 Land Securities 82.12
74 59 Greencore Group 82.01
75 41 National Grid 81.99
76 37 Capita 81.94
77 73 Lidl (UK) 81.92
77 88 Admiral 81.92
79 89 Pets at Home Group 81.91
80 99 Smiths Group 81.86
81 McCarthy & Stone 81.79
82 87 HSBC 81.59
83 53 GKN 81.52
84 105 Standard Life 81.5
85 81 SABMiller* 81.46
86 121 Provident Financial 81.45
87 CRH 80.96
88 56 Smith & Nephew 80.93
89 163 Tesco 80.92
90 104 Aggreko 80.7
91 44 British Land Company 80.61
92 202 Poundland* 80.52
93 83 Domino's Pizza (UK) 80.5
94 36 Banco Santander 80.45
95 52 Schroders 80.42
96 146 IG Group 80.4
97 95 Bellway 80.37
98 113 Segro 80.28
99 191 Tullow Oil 80.23
100 Laird 80.2
101 32 Rolls-Royce 80
102 109 Barclays 79.95
103 84 Legal & General Group 79.83
104 145 Redrow 79.74
105 Lafarge 79.73
106 102 SSE 79.67
107 164 Britvic 79.59
108 74 Dunelm 79.54
109 170 B&M (European Value Retail) 79.38
110 Saint-Gobain 79.2
111 72 Coca-Cola Enterprises 78.92
112 Cranswick 78.88
113 160 Direct Line Group 78.78
114 168 Aviva 78.77
115 135 Ultra Electronics 78.7
115 215 Inchcape 78.7
117 140 Persimmon 78.44
118 101 Synthomer 78.43
119 Dignity 78.42
120 187 Glencore 78.38
121 76 Ashtead Group 78.36
122 63 IMI 78.17
123 27 Babcock International 78.1
124 213 BT Group 78
125 103 Lloyds Banking Group 77.99
126 124 Pennon Group 77.98
126 97 ITV 77.98
128 166 Morgan Sindall Group 77.9
129 100 National Express 77.75
130 172 AG Barr 77.73
131 Countryside Properties 77.71
132 80 Weir Group 77.52
133 64 Laing O'Rourke 77.51
134 125 Scapa Group 77.43
134 78 Micro Focus International 77.43
136 49 Galliford Try 77.4
137 141 Vesuvius 77.37
138 177 Saga 77.13
139 75 Hammerson 77.02
140 149 BBC 76.85
141 48 Stagecoach 76.7
142 46 Elementis 76.6
142 126 J Sainsbury 76.6
144 150 Thomas Cook Group 76.58
145 60 AB InBev (UK)* 76.33
146 96 Carillion 76.15
147 108 Walgreens Boots Alliance 76.08
148 Spectris 75.5
149 206 AA 75.45
150 112 Kingfisher 75.41
151 228 RSA Insurance 74.93
152 220 ICAP 74.75
153 169 Telefónica (UK) 74.67
154 116 BAE Systems 74.43
155 121 LondonMetric Property 74.25
156 111 Hill & Smith Holdings 74.2
157 185 Vodafone 74.07
158 133 Senior 73.68
159 119 SSP Group 73.6
160 144 Willmott Dixon 73.5
161 DFS 73.48
162 215 Informa 73.09
163 132 Greene King 72.85
164 181 Dairy Crest Group 72.74
165 156 Meggitt 72.7
166 212 Wm Morrison 72.67
167 192 Tate & Lyle 72.65
168 98 Playtech 72.6
169 153 Booker 72.36
170 Grafton Group 72.2
171 47 Keller Group 72.1
171 223 G4S 72.1
173 117 Computacenter 72
174 93 Centrica 71.8
175 174 Standard Chartered 71.75
176 129 MS Amlin* 71.61
177 152 JD Wetherspoon 71.6
178 Auto Trader Group 71.38
179 114 BTG 71.33
180 219 WHSmith 71.29
181 133 Marks & Spencer 71.18
182 156 TSB 71
183 190 Old Mutual 70.5
184 189 Balfour Beatty 70.19
185 38 Hikma Pharmaceuticals 70.13
186 183 Henry Boot 70.05
187 159 Indivior 70.03
188 Man Group 69.93
189 194 UBM 69.92
190 154 United Utilities 69.86
191 200 Group Group 69.83
192 Tyman 69.58
193 147 Aberdeen Asset Management 69.47
194 199 Henderson Group 69.07
195 235 Co-operative Group 68.83
196 218 Royal Bank of Scotland 68.63
197 138 Go-Ahead Group 68.53
198 226 Premier Oil 68.33
199 214 Home Retail Group* 68.25
200 Telecom Plus 68.13
201 198 Bovis Homes 68.09
202 Just Eat 68
202 151 Transport for London 68
204 Amec Foster Wheeler 67.8
205 139 Essentra 67.7
206 211 Drax Group 67.58
207 Millennium & Copthorne Hotels 67.5
208 193 Ocado 66.92
209 217 FirstGroup 66.4
210 205 Molson Coors Brewing Co. (UK) 65.89
211 131 Ineos 65.8
212 224 Intu Properties 65.29
213 227 3i 65.27
214 107 Marston's 65.2
215 188 Inmarsat 65.01
216 128 Daily Mail & General Trust 64.8
217 180 Mitchells & Butlers 64.32
218 186 Cobham 63.85
219 Wizz Air Holdings 63.6
220 161 EDF Energy 62.85
221 Gamma Communications 62.69
222 175 Pearson 62.54
223 230 C&C Group 62.14
224 173 ENGIE 61.24
225 175 TalkTalk Telecom Group 61.21
226 221 Fenner 60.67
227 196 E.ON UK 60.45
228 236 Chemring Group 60.25
229 171 Asda (UK) 59.75
230 242 Debenhams 59.38
231 Electrocomponents 59
232 178 Carlsberg (UK) 58.61
233 115 The Restaurant Group 58.3
234 246 KCom Group 58.29
235 231 2 Sisters Food Group 57.17
236 240 Cable & Wireless Communications* 56.75
237 244 Iceland 54.92
238 Avanti Communications 54.5
239 243 Enterprise Inns 54.05
240 245 Co-operative Bank 53.39
241 CYBG 44.42

Highest riser 2016

RENTOKIL INITIAL

  • Risen by 133 places to 25th
  • Founded 1925
  • Key staff Andy Ransom (CEO),
  • John McAdam (chairman)
  • Business Pest control, hygiene  and workwear services
  • Employees circa 31,000
  • Revenue,  ongoing H1 2016 £928.4m
  • Ongoing adjusted  operating profit,  H1 2016 £107.1m

How the winners were chosen

In conjunction with Leeds Business School, part of Leeds Beckett University, MT asked Britain’s largest public companies in 25 sectors to evaluate their peers. Each sector comprises a maximum of 10 companies. 

Using 12 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 241 companies (left); top 10 overall on each criterion (p31); and league tables in each sector (p34). 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, Dr Aftab Dean, James Clark and Olga Chatzidaki at Leeds Business School.

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