MT's annual quest to produce league tables of Britain's best businesses is always a record of great achievement, but this year's winner scales new heights. For the first time ever, the Most Admired Company is also headed by the Most Admired Leader. Elsewhere, the 2002 ranking shows just how long 12 months is in business, with M&S and BT - companies in crisis last year - storming back up the charts.
Superstitious souls have given the number 13 a pretty rough ride through the ages, but as this 13th year of MT's Britain's Most Admired Companies demonstrates, the baker's dozen is lucky for some. For the first time in the history of our awards, one company has swept the board, picking up both of the top accolades - Most Admired Company and Most Admired Leader.