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22.09.09. David Fitzgerald. Mike Gilson the Editor of the Belfast Telegraph

22.09.09. David Fitzgerald. Mike Gilson the Editor of the Belfast Telegraph

22.09.09. David Fitzgerald. Mike Gilson the Editor of the Belfast Telegraph

Welcome to the Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Companies, the definitive guide to our biggest companies.

Here you will find a forensic analysis of who the big movers and shakers are in our business world. Profits, turnover and staff numbers are recorded for the record. We undertake this exercise as a snapshot of the health of our private sector. That health check has perhaps never been more important. Over the next few pages a fascinating picture of upturns and downturns in fortunes emerges.

Of course we would not claim for this to be scientific. It is based on company returns for end of 2009 and, given the swiftly changing nature of events right now, is but a snapshot. Certainly when compiling this magazine no-one could have forseen the events surrounding the insurance arm of the Quinn Group, number three in our list, where hundreds of workers now fear for their jobs. Nevertheless the broad picture of the survey paints remains compelling.