The Belfast Telegraph's exclusive lowdown on the Top 100 firms in Northern Ireland
Danske Bank is today named the number one company in Northern Ireland in the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies in association with Arthur Cox.
The bank is topping the chart of the highest profit-generators in Northern Ireland for the fourth year in a row with pre-tax profits for 2017 of £147.5m, up from £117m a year earlier. The list is compiled by economist John Simpson and supported by market-leading corporate law firm Arthur Cox.
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The glossy magazine was launched at a business breakfast at Belfast Waterfront, attended by many business leaders from top-ranked companies on the list.
Danske Bank chief executive Kevin Kingston said: "We are absolutely delighted to have retained top spot in the Belfast Telegraph's listing of the Top 100 companies in Northern Ireland for the fourth year in a row.
"For many years now we have seen large numbers of business and corporate customers moving over to Danske Bank from other institutions. We have also been seeing, more recently, a notable increase in customer activity in personal banking - especially in mortgages and private banking, with our mortgage market activity share having more than doubled since 2015."
Kieran McGarrigle, finance partner at Arthur Cox, said: "The Top 100 always presents a welcome opportunity to celebrate and benchmark the successes of the Northern Ireland business community.
"This year's guide, compiled against the backdrop of economic uncertainty caused by Brexit and the ongoing political impasse at Stormont, also proves the tremendous resilience of our leading local firms.
"Congratulations to all businesses that have been included on this year's list and we wish them every success in the future."
Many of Northern Ireland's business leaders also write in the publication, including NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Ann McGregor, and CBI NI director Angela McGowan.