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43. Beannchor No 1

  • Managing director: Bill Wolsey
  • Pre-tax profit: £9m
  • Employment: 482
  • Pay bill: £6.8m

Beannchor Group has grown into Northern Ireland’s biggest hospitality group, with interests ranging from a chain of pizzeria to pubs and hotels.

The group, which was founded by Bill Wolsey, is behind the luxury Merchant Hotel in Belfast, as well as owning and running some of the city’s best-known pubs.