Northern Ireland

Total number of scaleups

No. by employee growth

No. by turnover growth

No. by employee and turnover growth

Total employees

Total turnover

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Employee Growth

W&R Barnett
W&R Barnett owns a group of trading, storage, agribusiness, and industrial companies, including John Thompson & Sons, a manufacturer of animal feed.

LCC Oil operates a number of oil depots which sell fuels wholesale.

Ballyvesey Holdings
Ballyvesey Holdings operates a number of companies within the construction, property development, commercial transport and logistics sectors.

GRAHAM Group provides construction, facilities management, and civil engineering services.

McLaughlin & Harvey
McLaughlin & Harvey operates a property construction and civil engineering contractors, specialising in buildings for the commercial and public services sectors.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

B.McCaffrey & Sons Ltd
B.McCaffrey & Sons Ltd manufactures and distributes a variety of sand and gravel made building products such as gravel, asphalt plants and window panels.

Tinnelly Construction
Tinnelly Construction provides a variety of construction services, as well as civil engineering, shop-fitting and skip hire.

Quinn Building Products
Quinn Building Products produces a range of building materials such as cement, tarmac, roofing slates and insulation products.

Kilhorne Bay Seafoods
Kilhorne Bay Seafoods supplies fish and seafood products to the wholesale, catering and retail markets. Products sold include king scallops, peeled scampi and wholetail breaded scampi.

FarmingParts.com sells farming and tractor parts and accessories online.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

To support the pipeline of scaling companies Invest NI has two early-stage scaling programmes: The Way to Scale and Ambition to Scale. The Way to Scale works with cohorts of 10 companies to enhance CEO confidence as well as leadership and strategic skills and create a lifetime cohort of peer support. Ambition to Scale focuses on companies with turnover between £3-10m helping senior management teams to create a scaling focus, build top team cohesion and develop the right company structures to support international growth.

Companies with turnover above £10m and targeting 20% growth are offered the International Leadership 4 Growth programme. With access to International best practice in Barcelona, New York and Munich, it supports CEOs to Identify their personal leadership potential and capability and create a strategic growth action with a robust deployment framework as well as to grow the senior leadership and board into a strong effective team to execute and implement step changes. It also provides access to an all-Ireland network of peers and mentors.

Invest NI has also launched a new Graduate to Export programme to help companies recruit graduates who will spend 18 months researching a target market and developing a market entry strategy. As part of the programme graduates also study towards a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing delivered by Ulster University and Institute of Export & International Trade.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Leadership development, Public sector support, Bank/debt finance and Markets in the UK. They are looking for support through procurement contracts, public sector funding for innovation/R&D, Visas, DIT and British Business Bank.

Top barriers to growth

  • Leadership development
  • Public sector support
  • Bank/debt finance
  • Markets in the UK

want TO SEE more of:

  • Procurement contracts
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • Visas
  • DIT
  • British Business Bank

A programme of scaling insights is being developed to encourage and support paper to digital, automation, use of AI, global network opportunities and business model innovation