Ace Express Freight are ‘Best Managed Company’ Nine Years in a Row

Ace Express Freight were delighted to scoop the ‘Best Managed Company’ accolade for a record ninth consecutive year.

l-r: Declan Byrne Operations Director; Philip Tracey Managing Director; Michael Tracey General Manager; Debbie Godkin Head of Change Management and Mark Tracey Commercial Director at Ace Express Freight.

On Friday 3rd March, over 900 of Ireland’s key business people descended upon the Dublin Convention Centre for the annual Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium and Gala Awards.

The prestigious awards programme recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland, which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

Among the awardee companies, North County Dublin based company, Ace Express Freight were delighted to scoop the ‘Best Managed Company’ accolade for a record ninth consecutive year. Established in 1989 by Managing Director Philip Tracey, this indigenous Irish family-owned business, boasts considerable progression over a 28 year period, growing from a small operation offering overnight services to the UK, to a global freight forwarding company with world-class partners offering air freight, ocean freight, national, UK and European road freight services, logistic and warehousing solutions and value-added services including customs clearance and bonded warehousing to clients.

Commenting on the winning companies, Brendan Jennings, Managing partner at Deloitte said:

“All our winners have proven their capability and commitment to deliver and implement a clear and powerful strategy, which has allowed them to compete on a different level of organisational success and achievement . We have been immensely impressed by the dynamic and innovative approaches applied by these companies in every aspect of their growing businesses.”

Speaking on Ace Express Freight’s recent award win, Philip Tracey, Managing Director commented:

“We are delighted to be the only freight company on the Island of Ireland to be awarded the coveted ‘Best Managed Company’ status for the ninth consecutive year. This is a real testament to the strength of both our team and our key business strategies, as this is the only national awards scheme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective, through an extensive independent evaluation process that focuses on the calibre of our management abilities and practices.

This award win comes off the back of another prestigious win for us at the Irish Exporters Association Industry Awards in November, in which we were named  ‘Logistics Company of the Year’ beating off stiff competition from a number of high profile multinational companies.

As a proud indigenous Irish company operating for 28 years, having such acclaimed awards under our belt is a credit to our entire workforce. Our employees are the lifeblood of our organisation and having both a cohesive company culture and customer-centric focus is essential when delivering on key business plans, overcoming external pressures, expanding into new markets and enhancing our competitiveness in the industry. Given the uncertain economic climate with Brexit and the Trump presidency, solid leadership and best practice management capabilities are of the utmost importance in successfully shaping the future of our business.”

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Programme, now in its ninth year, is a symbol of business excellence across the island of Ireland. This year ‘Best Managed’ status was awarded to 127 companies, who employ over 60,000 staff, with a combined turnover exceeding €11 billion and boasting an increase in sales of 44% over the past three years.


For further information, please contact:

Helen Farrell, Ace Express Freight

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Notes to Editors:

Ace Express Freight is an Irish award-winning family business, with over 28 years of expertise, delivering cost-effective logistic solutions for clients, on a global basis. They offer national and international Freight Forwarding services, Contract Logistics, Storage and Warehousing solutions and Air and Ocean Freight.

The company prides itself on being a “one-stop-shop provider’ through their ability to offer all freight service channels, storage, warehousing and value-added services such as customs clearance and transportation management.

Consistency and conformance are central tenets to their strategy.  They have invested heavily in system applications to ensure they present the best solutions to clients. Ace Express Freight became Dell Ireland’s first customer to migrate to the VCloud, thus being able to guarantee customers 99.99% availability and access to our data.

Ace Express were named’ Logistics Company of the Year’ at the 2016 Irish Exporters Association Industry Awards in November, while also winning the Freight Forwarding Company of the Year Award at the 2015 Irish Logistics and Transport Awards. In addition they retain ISO 9001 status, Good Distribution Practice (GDP), Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status and IATA accreditation.

As an indigenous Irish company, it was imperative to expand their network in order to compete with other freight forwarders on a global scale.  Forging strategic partnerships with global logistics company Hellman Worldwide, who have an active network of 443 branches in 157 countries, of which they are their exclusive Irish partner, ensured a competitive edge in terms of world class service and globally competitive rates, while still offering a personal and local customer service approach.

By expanding their partnerships further with like-minded privately owned and operating companies such Group Heppner in France, Essers in Belgium, Arcese in Italy and Green Carrier in Scandinavia, this allows them to balance both a local, personal approach with customers while delivering a world-class reliable and cost-effective service, giving them unrivalled operational capability in the global market and scheduled services therein.