8,137 companies formed

UK  669,855 companies formed in the UK in total  View national statistics


Record-breaking company formation in Northern Ireland in 2018

Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland set a new record for company formation in 2018. The 8,137 companies formed in Northern Ireland during the year easily exceeded the previous record of 7,398 from 2017. The trend upward for company formation in Northern Ireland has been a steady, consistent one over the last five years.

2,074 companies were formed in Belfast in 2018, 1,447 in Newry, Mourne and Down, 716 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, 572 in Derry and Strabane and 536 in Mid Ulster.

Our infographic below highlights some of the key facts about the continuing trend to form a company in Northern Ireland. It gives a visual breakdown of where companies are formed, and compares Northern Ireland’s 2018 performance both with previous years and other nations of the UK.

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