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How companies were able to qualify for the Top 100 for 2020

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Northern Ireland is home to a large number of successful private sector businesses. Recent accounts, reflecting business in 2019 and early 2020, show a continuing rise in the profitability of key businesses. Before the onset of the current recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the larger profit earners had enjoyed a four-year period of improving results.

The outstanding features of this update of the 100 most profitable businesses are:

  • The continued improvement in profitability until early 2020
  • The emergence of new information on the profitability of investments in renewable electricity generation

The evidence of the more profitable Northern Ireland businesses has been taken from accounts registered prior to August 15 this year. These accounts are lodged over the course of the year and within 10 months of the closing date of the accounts. Consequently, as the evidence for the Top 100 was collected in mid-2020, much of the latest financial evidence relates to trading years ending in 2019 or early 2020.


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