Britain's top 12 most admired companies

No 1: Unilever

No 1: Unilever

The FMCG giant is Britain's Most Admired Company for the third time.

No 2: Berkeley Group

No 2: Berkeley Group

The housebuilder has topped its category for 12 straight years.

No 3: Spirax-Sarco Engineering

No 3: Spirax-Sarco Engineering

The steam specialist's share price has risen 150-fold since the turn of the millennium.

No 4: Bet365

No 4: Bet365

The gambling firm was founded in a Portakabin, but is now Stoke-on-Trent's biggest private employer....

No 5: Great Portland Estates

No 5: Great Portland Estates

The London-focused real estate company had record disposals last year.

No 6: Rightmove

No 6: Rightmove

Despite rising competition, the property portal remains the UK market leader.

No 7: Diageo

No 7: Diageo

The drinks giant recently is on the acquisition-trail again, having recently bought George Clooney's tequila...

No 8: Royal Dutch Shell

No 8: Royal Dutch Shell

The oil major's push into liquefied natural gas has paid dividends.

No 9: Rotork

No 9: Rotork

The valve specialist has benefited from the weak pound.

No 10: Prudential

No 10: Prudential

The insurance firm has targeted the burgeoning Asian market.

No. 11: Derwent London

No. 11: Derwent London

The real estate investment trust has prospered from the regeneration of London's Fitzrovia.

No 12: Hiscox

No 12: Hiscox

The underwriter has benefited from a boom in cyber insurance.