Business Barometer

20% Decrease in Company Start-ups Recorded Amid The Growing Cost-of-Living Crisis

A 20% year-on-year decease in the number of company start-ups was recorded for the first six months of 2022, as a growing cost-of-living crisis stirs further uncertainty for businesses post-pandemic, according to the latest figures from credit risk analyst. .

The figures suggest that the impact of rising costs has altered business decisions and hit individuals considering starting their own venture, as consumers cut back on discretionary spending and companies limit production due to input costs.

There was a 56% increase in the number of companies dissolved compared to the same period last year (H1 2022 vs Q1 2021).

Only Leitrim, Laois, Longford, Cavan and Mayo recorded growing numbers in company start-ups, with Offaly (-32%), Kerry (-30%) and Sligo (-28%) recording the highest year-on-year decrease.

The half-year data shows that out of the entire six-month period for 2022, only January saw an increase in start-ups compared with the same month last year, while the following five months all produced consecutive terms of contraction.

Sectoral Analysis:

Decreases were seen in all other industries in the first half of this year, including Real Estates (-4%), Hospitality (-6%), Agriculture (-13%),Construction (-13%), Computers (-28%), Manufacturing (-31%), Motor (-33%) and Retail (-51%).

The half-year data shows 1,084 less start-ups in the retail sector compared to H1 2021, while there are 139 less start-ups in manufacturing and 40 less in hospitality, as cost pressures weigh on the industry attempting to rebound from pandemic-inflicted restrictions of recent years.

Regional overview: H1 2022 vs H1 2021

A total of 21 counties in the Republic of Ireland experienced a year-on-year decline in new company registrations in H1 2022.

Although Dublin accounted for the largest number of new start-ups nationwide in H1, recording a total of 4,612 registrations, the number was still a 25% YoY decrease. Cork saw a total of 1,084 new start-ups (-20%), Galway recorded 442 (-22%), and Limerick recorded 349 (-9%).

The counties to record the highest percentage YoY decrease in the period were Offaly (-25), Kerry (-30%) and Sligo (-28%).

Only five counties in the Republic of Ireland experienced a YoY increase in new company registrations. Leitrim saw a total of 64 new start-ups, recording the highest percentage growth at +21%, while Laois recorded 141 (+10%), Longford recorded 65 (7%), Cavan recorded 137 (5%) and Mayo recorded 179 (4%).

Keep an eye out for our blog next week, where our MD Christine Cullen will be commenting on the H1 figures.

Insolvency Notices


The number of companies that have collapsed this year. This figure is up 33% compared to last year
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Our Credit Reports are predicting over 80% of insolvencies at up to 6 months in advance.



  • 35 Companies

E8 (Notice Of Appointment Of Receiver)

  • 1 Company


  • 0 Company



The number of companies that have closed this week.

New Startups

New Companies

  • 440 Companies

New Businesses

  • 114 Businesses

Important Changes

Changed Status

  • 720 Companies


  • 1 Company

Strike off & Struck off Companies

Strike Off

  • 120 Companies

Struck Off

  • 0 Company

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