How we support business

We work directly and indirectly with businesses across Northern Ireland.

Our approach to supporting businesses is based on three key elements:

  • Providing information and advice, directly and through a range of information services
  • Providing support to people wanting to set up their own business and helping new and existing businesses grow and move into new markets
  • Providing tailored support to businesses that can make the greatest contribution to increasing productivity, innovation and export growth in Northern Ireland

Because our resources are limited we use them to support those businesses that can make the biggest contribution to the economy.

If your business can show that it intends to sell outside Northern Ireland, is actively pursuing growth plans and will contribute to increasing productivity and innovation in Northern Ireland, you could become an Account Managed customer with Invest NI.

The criteria to become an Account Managed customer within Invest NI is as follows:

  • Actual turnover >= £250k
  • Actual external sales >= 25% or £250k per annum
  • Growth potential


Growth potential is defined as:

  • Potential employment growth >= 20% or >=20 jobs within 3 years; or
  • Potential external sales growth >=20% or >=£500k within 3 years; or
  • Potential increase in GVA / employee >= 20% within 3 years

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