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UB Top 100 sees sales rise by more than 10%

From left, Michael Neill, head of Belfast office, A&L Goodbody, sponsor of the Top 100; Chris Kirke, Moy Park chief executive; and John Mulgrew, Ulster Business editor. Photo credit: Elaine Hill

Northern Ireland’s biggest businesses have seen sales rising by more than 10% over the last year.

The Ulster Business Top 100 Companies 2020 list with A&L Goodbody shows turnover has grown to £27.5bn from £24.9bn across our largest businesses, up 10.4%. This year’s double-edition magazine is now out.

The list has showcased the performance of the biggest firms from right across Northern Ireland, ranked by turnover, for more than 30 years.

Meanwhile, pre-tax profits have also risen in line with sales – up around 10% across the companies on the list, when compared year-on-year figures. Profitability increased from £935.6m to £1.03bn.

The majority of the company accounts cover 2019 and the end of 2018, thus any impact of the ongoing coronavirus situation would not be reflected in the overall performances.

And poultry processing giant Moy Park has topped the list for the ninth year in a row, with turnover of £1.58bn, while pre-tax profits now sit at £70m.

There are around a dozen new entrants to this year’s list. That includes World Travel Centre, Creagh Concrete Products and Morgan Fuels & Lubes.

“On behalf of all at A&L Goodbody, congratulations to each of this year’s Ulster Business Top 100 Companies,” said Michael Neill, head of Belfast office, A&L Goodbody, sponsor of the Top 100. “We wish you every success in the coming year as you embark upon your respective journeys to recovery post Covid-19.

“As an international law firm with offices in Belfast, Dublin, London and the US, we have been working closely with many of these Top 100 Companies in recent months, advising on both domestic and international matters impacted by Covid-19.

“We have been inspired not only by their drive and agility but, most of all, their resilience and determination to overcome adversity yet again.”

John Mulgrew, editor, Ulster Business, said: “The performance of some of Northern Ireland’s leading firms continues to cement our position on the business map – especially given the wide breadth of companies which call here home.

“And while over the course of more than 30 years this list has been through the boom times, as well as tough periods following the 2008 recession, the next couple of years are likely to be the most difficult many of them have ever faced.

“But many of those companies on the list, and across Northern Ireland as a whole, have the resilience and the ability to weather such challenging times, and Ulster Business will be there as a guide along the way.”

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