Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's top 100 companies for 2018 revealed

By Margaret Canning

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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Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Companies 2018

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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.

At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Caroline Hearst, Arthur Cox, Sara Venning, NI Water, and Carley Chapman, Arthur Cox.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Caroline Hearst, Arthur Cox, Sara Venning, NI Water, and Carley Chapman, Arthur Cox.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Mark Jameson, Arthur Cox, Paul McBride, Arthur Cox, and Arthur Richmond, SHS Group.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, Paul McBride, Arthur Cox, and Lynsey Mallon, Arthur Cox.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Darwin Templeton, Belfast Telegraph, Lizanne Jones, Arthur Cox, and Paul Stanfield, Firmus Energy.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Cahal Carvill, Arthur Cox, Jeff Tosh, Tennent’s NI, and Emma-Jane Flannery, Arthur Cox.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: James McGee, NIIB Group, and Michael Boyd, Progressive Building Society.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Kevin Kingston, Danske Bank, James Flanagan, Arthur Cox, Michael Graham.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Mark McClure, Caterpillar, and Justin Patty, Arthur Cox.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Graham McGuigan, GE Grid Solutions, David Black, Arthur Cox, and Paul Shields, Tobermore Concrete.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: William Curry, Arthur Cox, and Peter O’Hare, Heartsine Technologies.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Peter Boyle, Argento, Gerry McDermott, Kingspan Environmental, and Caroline Whiteside, Ulster Carpets.
At the official launch of the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies, in association with Arthur Cox, are: Damian Heron, Heron Bros, Alastair Todd, Arthur Cox, Chris Milligan, Arthur Cox, and Stuart Mansfield, Arthur Cox.

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