The shortlist for the Oscars of the UK business world – Britain’s Most Admired companies includes Pearson, HSBC and Manchester United.
In the event organised by Management Today, in association with eLoyalty*, Sir John Browne, Chris Gent and Gerry Robinson have been shortlisted for Britain’s Most Admired business leader.
Two out of the three companies they run – BP Amoco, where Sir John Browne is the chief executive, and Chris Gent’s Vodafone Group – are also shortlisted for the most admired company award. But last year’s nominees Sir Richard Branson, Sir Brian Pitman and Sir Geoff Mulcahy have all failed to make the shortlist.
Other companies in the shortlist of 24, one from each major sector, include the previous winner for three of the past four years, Tesco. New entrant Manchester United replaces Granada Compass as the most admired company in the leisure and hotels sector and Boots loses its place as the most admired retailer to Dixons.
There will already be one or two disappointments with the announcement of the nominees today. Marks & Spencer fell from fourth to the least admired spot in this year’s retailers (textile and apparel) sector and HSBC replaces Lloyds TSB as this year’s most admired bank.
The shortlist for Most Admired companies from which an overall winner will be chosen is as follows:
• Banks – HSBC
• Building materials and merchants – Aggregate Industries
• Business services – Hays
• Chemical and plastics – BOC
• Construction – Wilson Bowden
• Drinks – Wetherspoon (JD)
• Electricity and gas – Centrica
• Engineering auto and aero – GKN
• Engineering and metals – BBA
• Financial – 3i
• Food manufacturers – Cadbury Schweppes
• Food retailers – Tesco
• Health and household – GlaxoSmithKline
• Insurance – Legal and General Group
• Leisure and hotels – Manchester United
• Media – Pearson
• Oil, gas and extractive – BP Property – Capital Shopping Centres
• Retailers (textile and apparel) – Next
• Retailers (general) – Dixons
• Software and computing services – Sage Group
• Telecommunications – Vodafone Group
• Transport – Exel
• Water – Thames Water
The winner will be announced on 30 November. The winner receives a specially commissioned trophy and use of the prestigious logo and title for the next 12 months.
*As an eCRM consultancy and systems integrator, eLoyalty has offices throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Customers include Eircell, Axel Springer Verlag, HP, Toshiba, Glaxo Wellcome and Herts County Council. The eCRM specialist also has strategic partnerships with Nortel, Cisco and Oracle.