Northern Ireland

  • About Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland is the UK’s top region for recent foreign investment growth.

    Northern Ireland saw an increase of 160% in foreign investment in 2016 - the largest annual increase in the UK. Many international businesses are choosing Northern Ireland as a base.

    Almost 900 international companies are located in the region, employing in excess of 75,000 people. (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

  • Opportunities and incentives

    Investors in Northern Ireland benefit from low costs and tailored support packages, for example:

    • operating costs in Belfast are over 50% lower than other major UK cities (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

    • salary costs are around 30% lower than other European cities (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

    • office rents in the Greater Belfast area start as low as £18 per square foot (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

    • government loans at concessionary rates

    • equity funding up to a maximum value of £3 million

    • support for research and development, training and marketing (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

  • Skills and education

    Investors in Northern Ireland benefit from a strong skills base:

    • 77% of high school graduates go on to further and higher education (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

    • Northern Ireland has 2 world-class universities: Queen’s University and Ulster University

    • Northern Ireland produces over 2,500 new graduates with business qualifications every year (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017)

  • Infrastructure

    Transport options in Northern Ireland include:

    • air - Northern Ireland has 3 international airports serving 7 million passengers a year and travel time to London is only one hour

    • rail - you can travel to Dublin in only 2 hours

    • roads - the road network has minimal congestion so you can cross Northern Ireland in 2 hours, north to south, or east to west

    • ports - the region has 4 ports, with over 160 ferry and freight sailings per week to the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe

    (Invest Northern Ireland 2017)

    There are a number of regeneration projects in Northern Ireland. If you’re looking to invest in infrastructure or find facilities for your business, this could be the ideal location for you. Find out more about opportunities in Northern Ireland