Laois has also been to the forefront of a recent survey.
Offaly has had the largest increase in creations of new companies in Ireland.
There's been a 45% rise in the number of new registrations in the faithful county since last year.
The figure is also on the rise nationally, there's been a 37 percent rise in the number of new companies formed in the third quarter.
Nearly 15-hundred additional companies were formed in that period, according to new analysis from Vision Net.
The retail and wholesale sectors experienced the biggest growth year-on-year.
Vision Net Managing Director, Christine Cullen, says there was plenty of regional growth in new start-ups:
The midlands' business sector is doing surprisingly well, despite the challenges posed by covid-19.
John McCann from MCM Accounting in Tullamore says there are a number of potential factors behind this - including foreign investment in Ireland and a better handle on the pandemic: