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Moy Park keeps pole position in UB Top 100 for eighth year

From left, Michael Neill, head of office, A&L Goodbody Belfast, sponsor of the Top 100; Flavio Malnarcic, chief financial officer, Moy Park; and John Mulgrew, editor of Ulster Business.

Northern Ireland’s biggest companies have seen sales rise by 9.4% in the last year, it has been revealed.

The Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies 2019, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, showcases the successes of the biggest firms from right across Northern Ireland, ranked by turnover.

And poultry giant Moy Park has retained the top spot on the list for the eighth year running, posting sales of more than £1.5bn.

However, across the list – which is now in its 31st year – pre-tax profits fell overall, dropping from £1.05bn to £894.7m, when comparing the previous year’s accounts for the Top 100. That was in part due to large flips from some of the bigger companies.

This year marks another significant uplift in the performance of the Top 100 businesses across Northern Ireland, with the sales barrier to entry up by around £12m.

“This year’s list, more so than any list before, is a reflection of the performance of firms in the wake of post-referendum uncertainty,” said John Mulgrew, editor of Ulster Business.

“It paints another extremely interesting picture of Northern Ireland’s diverse and evolving business landscape and – while stalwarts of industry remain in growth mode – the raft of firms within life sciences, technology and other emerging industries are beginning to rise up the list with burgeoning turnover.”

Chris Kirke, Moy Park president, said: “We are honoured to be named Northern Ireland’s top company once again and to help shine a light on NI’s proud agri-food heritage and strong manufacturing credentials.

“It’s the people in Moy Park that make the company what it is, and I am extraordinarily proud of our great team, and of all our growers and partners who continually go above and beyond to make it the successful business it is today.”

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