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About Britain's Most Admired Companies

Now in its 25th year, MT's ‘Britain's Most Admired Companies’ awards offer a unique insight into the real factors behind corporate reputation. Winners are identified by peer review: Britain's top companies and their bosses are asked to assess their rivals, a revealing exercise that really gets to the heart of what makes businesses succeed. Britain's Most Admired Companies awards celebrate that vital ingredient: what it takes to be admired by your closest rivals.

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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.

Past winners include:

2014 Johnson Matthey
2013 + 2012 Diageo
2011 Berkeley Group
2010 Unilever
2009 BSkyB
2008 Diageo
2007 Marks & Spencer
2006 Tesco
2005 Tesco
2004 Cadbury Schweppes
2003 Tesco
2002 BP
2001 Shell Transport & Trading
2000 GlaxoSmithKline

Coverage of BMAC has appeared in:

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Evening Standard
  • Financial Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Guardian Jobs & Money
  • The Times
  • Various regional press

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