Belfast Telegraph

50. Dunbia

  • Director: Jim Dobson
  • Pre-tax profit: £7m
  • Employment: 3,778
  • Pay bill: £77.8m

In the last four decades, Jim and brother Jack Dobson have grown their small Dungannon butcher shop into meat giant Dunbia, with sites throughout the UK and Ireland, turning over almost £800m each year.

Set up in 1976 after the brothers bought over a small frozen meat shop in Dungannon, Dunbia has grown to employ nearly 4,000 staff — 1,200 working in Northern Ireland — across a dozen sites, selling and exporting beef, lamb and pork across the globe.

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