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 sea food products to the wholesale,catering and retail markets. Products sold include king scallops, peeled scampi and whole tail breaded scampi.

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

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

Working with delivery partners, Invest NI supports two early-stage scaling programms. Way to Scale targets technology and innovation companies with £500k revenue to build CEO confidence and leadership. Ambition to Scale works with the senior management of companies in the £3-5m turnover stage to create strategic vision and growth plans. Ambitious companies with turnover above £10m and targeting 20% growth are supported on a one:one basis by team of Invest NI Scaling Managers, partnering with Enterprise Ireland and IESE Barcelona, to deliver the International Leadership 4 Growth programme.
Export focused companies can call on InvestNI support in export market research assistance, R&D support, MIS support, operational efficiency, skills and leadership development. The Graduate to Export programme helps companies recruit graduates who will spend 18 months researching a target market and developing a market entry strategy.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Markets, Talent and Finance. They are looking for support through InvestNI, Innovate UK, Public sector funding for innovation/R&D and DIT.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Markets
  2. Talent
  3. Finance

want TO SEE more of:

  • InvestNI
  • Innovate UK
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • DIT

A programme of both online and in person peer networks and insight sessions is being developed for high growth companies on topics such as automation and Industry 4.0, use of AI, global network opportunities and green economy as a way of working. A clinical Entrepreneurship Programme, in partnership with NHS England, is being launched in 2021/22 to promote collaboration between practitioners, life science companies and universities.