Expanding your business
Queen’s University in Belfast is now ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. A strong network of professional services companies exist with local market experience to guide you. Operating costs in Belfast are over 50% lower than other major UK cities.
Northern Ireland is 1 of the 8 designated UK centres of excellence for financial services. Investor engagement shows that cities with highly-skilled workers are great markets for investment. Northern Ireland’s education system is one of the best in Europe and the best in the UK for high school qualifications.
Buying goods and services
There is ample air, rail, road and boat links to the rest of the world. This includes 3 international airports from where London is just 1 hour away. Northern Ireland also has a vibrant advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.
Strategic markets: new technology, property, tourism and leisure
Northern Ireland has the highest availability of superfast broadband and 4G download speeds in the UK. This supports the phenomenal growth in knowledge industries within Northern Ireland. It is the world’s number 1 international investment location for US cyber security development projects.
Planning approval progresses faster than before as these decisions are now taken by Northern Ireland’s 11 local councils. Top-end office lettings went up 40% in Belfast in 2016, making the capital the third high-growth location for office lettings in the world. Student housing and the public rental sector also offer huge potential.
Tourism and leisure
Millions of visitors are attracted to the stunning scenery, including the Giant’s Causeway, a wealth of heritage attractions and world-class golfing. Investors put 3,800 more hotel rooms into planning in Belfast alone over the last year.
Success snapshot: Enterprise Zone
Northern Ireland opened its first new Enterprise Zone with support from Secretary of State, James Brokenshire. Called Atlantic Link, it is based in Coleraine. Its anchor tenant, American firm 5Nines, invested 20 million GBP to build a data centre.
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Our teams are located in UK embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world.