Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards has ranked property company Berkeley Group, chaired by savvy entrepreneur Tony Pidgley, top of the game.
Management Today reports that the accolade has been awarded to a new kind of winner from a sector that has never topped the poll before, and a brand-new Most Admired Leader.
Berkely Group, founded in 1976, is seemingly recession-proof. Founder and Chairman Tony Pidgley secures the honour of becoming the first entrepreneur ever to secure the coveted Most Admired silver star, joining the ranks of blue-chip corporate titans such as Unilever, Tesco and BP.
Berkeley has long been regarded in the City as a breed apart from its rival housebuilders, thanks to Pidgley's legendary knack of dodging the property market's disastrous downturns.
The Management Today Most Admired Companies awards have been running for 21 years.
The research is an academic exercise conducted by professor Mike Brown of Birmingham City Business School – the result is not decided by interested parties but businesses are ranked by their peers and rivals.
The top ten:
1. Berkely Group
5. Derwent London
6. Paddy Power
9. Rolls Royce
10. Shaftesbury Plc
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