Marmite Image: Unilever

Consumer brands giant Unilever has been named Britain's most admired company for a second time by Management Today magazine.

The Anglo-Dutch firm, which owns brands like Marmite, Lynx, Dove, Ben & Jerry's, TRESemmé and many more, last won the title in 2010 and climbed 10 places in this year's edition of the list.

Unilever came out on top in three of the nine individual categories, including quality of marketing, ability to attract and 'retain & develop top talent and financial soundness'.

In the first nine months of the year, turnover rose 11.1% to €40.4 billion. It also met its ambitious target of not sending any waste to landfill across its operations in Europe.

Last year's winner, sustainable technologies manufacturer Johnson Matthey, fell one place to second despite recording a higher score than last year. It took two individual categories, with its value as a long-term investment and community & environmental responsibility recognised.

Derwent London, the largest Central London-focused real estate investment trust, came third on the list, climbing six places from 2014 and winning the criteria for quality of goods & services and innovation. It reported its best-ever year for rentals, thanks to strong demand of tech belt office space, particularly at its White Collar Factory near Old Street Roundabout.

Top 10

1 - Unilever

2 - Johnson Matthey

3 - Derwent London

4 - Easyjet

5 - Berkeley Group

6 - Betfair

=7 - Great Portland Estates

=7 - Paddy Power

9 - Reckitt Benckiser

10 - Rotork