Posted on Monday 5 August 2019 by Ulster Business

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Michael Neill, head of office, A&L Goodbody Belfast, sponsor of the Top 100, Flavio Malnarcic, chief financial officer, Moy Park and Ulster Business editor John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland’s largest businesses have seen sales rise by 9.4% to more £24.8bn, the Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies list 2019 has revealed.

The list, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, showcases the successes of the biggest firms from right across Northern Ireland.

And poultry giant Moy Park has also retained the top spot on the list for the eighth year running, posting sales of more than £1.5bn.

However, across the list pre-tax profits fell overall, dropping from £1.05bn to £894.7m, when comparing the previous year’s accounts for the Top 100.

New entrants to the list this year include Thompson Aero Seating – which shot up to number 69 – along with McBurney Transport, while others saw their positions increase substantially.

Michael Neill, head of office, A&L Goodbody Belfast, said: “The results of this resilience and determination speak for themselves in this year’s Top 100 rankings, with collective turnover increasing by 9.4% in the 12 months to £24.8bn.

“While many companies are long-standing players and remain unchallenged at the top end of the rankings, it is positive to see businesses continue to rise up the ranks, year-on-year.”

And Chris Kirke, Moy Park president, said: “We are honoured to be named Northern Ireland’s top company once again and to help shine a light on NI’s proud agri-food heritage and strong manufacturing credentials.

“It’s the people in Moy Park that make the company what it is, and I am extraordinarily proud of our great team, and of all our growers and partners who continually go above and beyond to make it the successful business it is today.”

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