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21. Ulster Bank

  • Head of Northern Ireland: Mark Crimmins

  • Pre-tax profit: £20m
  • Employment: 1,921
  • Pay bill: £89m

Ulster Bank has continued to provide significant support to its customers in Northern Ireland. Despite a challenging external environment and subdued borrowing appetite from businesses, it increased corporate lending last year by 12% and saw a 8% increase in small business drawdowns.

More recently, Ulster Bank has lent to thousands of Northern Ireland companies though the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

Companies who have borrowed through the CBILS include hospitality business Dorman’s in Magherafelt and haulage company WS Dennison.