Business Barometer

Over 8,500 entrepreneurs were appointed to Irish companies in the first four months of 2012 - an average of just over 2,000 per month.

The latest figures based on CRO filings show that 8,565 first time directors were appointed to Irish companies between 1st January and 30th April 2012. Despite this high figure, the total is still the lowest we've seen for this period in the last 5 years.

First Time Director Appointments '08 - '12

1st Jan - 30th April

As you can see, after a major drop off in the number of first time director appointments in 2009, there had been a gradual increase in numbers in 2010 and 2011. However, this year's figure is down 13% on 2011's figure.

Interestingly, during the past five years, the average age of a first time director in Ireland has remained virtually unchanged. Based on our analysis of the almost 48,000 apointments we've found the average age of a first time director to be 41 years old.

Another statistic that has remained fairly constant during the past five years is the breakdown of male and female first time director appointments.

Male directors have accounted for between 60 and 62% of first time appointments during the first four months of the past 5 years.

Insolvency Notices


The number of companies that have collapsed this year. This figure is up 24% compared to last year
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Our Credit Reports are predicting over 80% of insolvencies at up to 6 months in advance.



  • 30 Companies

E8 (Notice Of Appointment Of Receiver)

  • 11 Companies


  • 0 Company



The number of companies that have closed this week.

New Startups

New Companies

  • 284 Companies

New Businesses

  • 828 Businesses

Important Changes

Changed Status

  • 547 Companies


  • 6 Companies

Strike off & Struck off Companies

Strike Off

  • 179 Companies

Struck Off

  • 85 Companies

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