In recent years Northern Ireland has been increasingly successful in attracting foreign direct investment.


Outside of London Northern Ireland is the leading UK region for attracting inward investment. This success has been across a range of knowledge intensive sectors. In particular Belfast is the world’s top destination city for financial services technologies investments.

Northern Ireland boasts world-class clusters in a variety of sectors. There has been recent growth in areas such as software development, financial services and legal outsourcing.

Key multi-national investors include Allen & Overy LLP, Seagate Technology, Bombardier Aerospace, Liberty Mutual, Citi and the Allstate Corporation. From an initial investment many of these companies have been so impressed with their success in Northern Ireland that they have reinvested again. This continued success has led to over 800 international companies locating in the region and employing in excess of 75,000 people.

A testament to the success of these investments and what Northern Ireland has to offer is that almost 80 per cent of new inward investors have already reinvested in Northern Ireland or are gearing-up to invest more.


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