Johnson Matthey is recognised as Large-Cap Business of the Year!

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Building strong performance is an integral part of Johnson Matthey's strategy and external recognition shows the world at large – not least its shareholders – that Johnson Matthey is a vibrant business that delivers superior value.

So the UK National Business Awards in November 2011 provided an opportunity for the company to showcase its business and winning an award, which was robustly judged, offered proof of business excellence and commitment to innovation.

The National Business Awards are a recognition platform for all types of business, with various companies sponsoring the different categories. Johnson Matthey was entered in the Coutts and Co Large-Cap Business of the Year category, where it met stiff competition from leading players in a variety of sectors, including Kingfisher, Land Securities, Lloyd's of London and Reckitt Benckiser.

This award recognises "an outstanding company that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns; market prominence in its sector; and strong growth and innovation strategies". For 2011, Johnson Matthey was judged to be that company.

The judges were impressed by the company's return to strong growth and its resilience in a tough market over the last five years. They described Johnson Matthey as "an example of excellent practice and an inspiration to all big businesses."