Inmarsat has been named the best of Britain's top public companies at the UK National Business Awards 2009.
The company was unanimously judged to have demonstrated exceptional financial returns, strong growth, and innovation strategies.
Inmarsat's chairman and chief executive, Andy Sukawaty, collected the Coutts & Co Large Cap Business of the Year award in London. He commented: "This award recognises the strength and effort of the whole team at Inmarsat.
"We are very grateful to the judges for their recognition of our mission-critical services and our quality delivery."
The National Business Awards is the UK's premier cross-industry awards programme, with a particular emphasis on success, innovation and ethical business.
Inmarsat was judged in the category of publicly-listed companies with a turn-over of £500 million (US$838 million) and over. The ten finalists in the category included other blue chip companies such as Pearson, Diageo, Morrisons and BSkyB.
Britain's best businesses
More than 1,200 business leaders and their guests attended the awards ceremony, where the keynote speaker was Alistair Darling, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Chancellor said of the National Business Awards: "It is the pinnacle of business award ceremonies and this is where Britain's best, from across the public and private sectors, get the recognition and reward they deserve."
- Inmarsat has also been named Best Satellite Provider by the South Asia Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) telecommunications council.
The SAMENA Awards recognise companies for their outstanding efforts in expanding telecoms services and addressing the concerns and needs of the sector in the region and beyond.