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Sigmar Wins Deloitte Best Managed Company Award for the Third Year Running

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We were delighted be awarded Deloitte Best Managed Company for the third year in a row. The awards were held at the Convention Centre on the 15th March. 

Well done to all the team that made this possible!



Posted by Clare Reynolds on 16 March 2018

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