Fexco and Ard Ri Group make their mark

Finance Minister Michael McGrath on a visit to Fexco with Mike O’Halloran (left) Fexco Assest Finance CEO and Niall Larkin

Two Kerry firms have figured amongst the recipients in the Ireland’s best managed companies awards, led by Deloitte in association with Bank of Ireland.

This year, indigenous companies were recognised at the awards, representing 24 of the 32 counties across the country and flying the Kerry flag wee Fexco in Killorglin and the Tralee-based Ard Ri Group.

The network of companies has a combined turnover of €17 billion and €3 billion of exports sales, providing employment for over 53,000 people across Ireland across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and tech to construction and food and beverage.

A detailed judging process preceded the recognition, evaluating the entire management team and business strategy. The judges look beyond financial performance at areas such as a company’s environmental, social and governance standards, strategic planning and talent strategy, when awarding Ireland’s top privately owned businesses.

The Ard Ri Group achieved the gold standard, having one for the fourth consecutive year, while Fexco achieved requalifying winner status.

In addition to the best managed company award, there are several other award categories with the family business Award going to food wholesaler THE Musgrave Group.

Finance Minister, Michael McGrath, who spoke at the awards ceremony, commented: “I am delighted to see the remarkable achievements of these home-grown companies who have demonstrated immense resilience, innovation, and commitment to sustainable growth. This year’s recipients encapsulate the forward-thinking approach that defines Irish business”.

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