Kier Group tops Construction sector at Management Today’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies Awards

  • Construction sector ranked second in the Most Admired Companies sector totals
  • Keller Group and Galliford Try take second and third position

The Kier Group has topped the Construction sector of Management Today (MT) magazine’s annual Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC) awards. The BMAC awards are one of the key industry barometers of British business success and confidence.

In addition to coming top of their sector, Kier Group climbed 44 places to take sixth place in the overall BMAC rankings. The company, which operates in the UK, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Hong Kong, was praised for the quality of its management as well as its ability to attract, develop and retain top talent.

Ground engineering company Keller Group came second in the Construction sector, and was rated highly for the quality its good and services. UK construction business Galliford Try came in third place.

The Construction (Heavy) sector came second in the BMAC sector totals, beaten only by the Chemicals sector (611.5). In third place was Transport (583.3).

Most Admired Companies in the Construction (Heavy) sector:

Sector rank

 Company Total

Overall rank for BMAC out of 236 companies


Kier Group 69.9



Keller Group 63.2



Galliford Try 62.9



Carillion 62.4



Costain Group 61.2



Laing O’Rourke 59.7



Willmott Dixon 58.2



Boot (Henry) 57.0



Sir Robert McAlpine 56.0



Balfour Beatty 45.6



Professor Mike Brown of Birmingham City Business School, the author of the Most Admired research, said, “As the economic outlook continues to improve slowly, it’s a year of cautious optimism. Firms know it’s not all Shangri-La and that there are still plenty of bumps in the road, but they are tentatively looking for growth opportunities all the same.”

The chemicals company and catalyst king Johnson Matthey has topped the BMAC awards for the first time.

Following closely behind in second place is fashion retailer Next, up an impressive 30 places from 32nd position in 2013. Next is also the winner of the overall awards for Quality of Management and Use of Corporate Assets. Budget airline easyJet is in third place, with Dublin-based bookmakers Paddy Power in fourth, its best ever BMAC performance. John Lewis Partnership remains in the top five, down one place from 2013’s fourth place.

MT’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2014: Overall Top 10



Total Score

1 Johnson Matthey 72.93
2 Next 72.29
3 easyJet 71.17
4 Paddy Power 71.06
5 John Lewis Partnership 70.57
6 Kier Group 69.88
7 Rotork 68.63
8 Croda International 68.20
9 Derwent London 68.12
10 McDonald’s Restaurants UK 68.07