The magazine, published in association with law firm Arthur Cox, charts a dizzying range of successes from Danske Bank at number one with profits of £117m, to Lough Erne Investments — the owner of a company which makes cooked egg products — which came in at number 100 with pre-tax profits of £3.3m.
Catriona Gibson, managing partner of Arthur Cox, said it was “extremely proud” to continue its support of the Belfast Telegraph’s Top 100 Companies. And Kevin Kingston, chief executive of Danske Bank, said the bank was “delighted” to retain the top for the third year in a row.
Writing in the magazine, Angela McGowan, regional director of the CBI, said: “There is little doubt that this year’s celebration of our Top 100 companies is a true testament to the tenacity and ambition of the Northern Ireland business community.
“Companies from right across the industrial spectrum are represented — from financial firms to pharmaceutical companies... each and every company is a reflection of Northern Ireland at its best.”
But she said that for future growth, businesses needed reassurance that their interests would be protected in Brexit negotiations. “Local businesses are eager for the UK-EU talks to get off to a good start because that will be vital to securing stability and a deal that delivers for both sides... the next year of negotiations will be crucial for Northern Ireland’s future prosperity and to the future of these Top 100 firms.”