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271,000 businesses in Ireland at end of 2017

There were more than 271,000 businesses operating in Ireland in 2017, the highest number on record, according to figures released recently from the Central Statistics Office.

Aug 20, 2019

There were more than 271,000 businesses operating in Ireland in 2017, the highest number on record, according to figures released recently from the Central Statistics Office.
A few other interesting statistics :
• this figure was up 8.5% on the 2016 figure of 250,033 companies
• these companies employed around 1.55 million people
• the services sector accounted for 51 % of these companies, the construction sector accounted for 21.1 %
• construction had the biggest jump in people employed between 2013-2017 at 50%
• services employment grew by 24.5% and industry by 21% in the same period
Small and Medium Enterprises accounted for 99.8% of the total of Irish businesses
It has never been a better time to set up a business in Ireland. Please get in contact if you want more information about setting up a business or growing your business.
Brendan Lawlor
Brendan Lawlor is a Business Consultant who specialises in helping start up companies, University spin outs and companies looking to grow through innovation and exporting.



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