Our North Eastern Regional office is located in Ballymena and provides advice and support to potential entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses within the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council areas.
During our Corporate Plan period, 2011-12 to 2015-16, Invest NI support in this area has helped to promote almost 4,500 new jobs.
The region is home to some of Northern Ireland's best known companies including home-grown manufacturing successes like Randox, who export over 95% of its products worldwide and Wrightbus, who continue to invest to provide innovative vehicle solutions for its customers in international markets.
Key inward investors located in the North East Region include the global aerospace component firm RLC, who recently announced 80 new jobs and a £35 million investment, leading manufacturer of medical devices Terumo BCTand Ryobi who manufacture innovative aluminium components for the automotive sector.
The North East Region is also home to ambitious smaller manufacturing and service businesses that are developing strong reputations for customer focus, growth and exports.
Our North East Regional Office has supported emerging companies like:
The North East Regional Office works extensively with businesses seeking to sell outside Northern Ireland for the first time with a particular focus on developing customers in Great Britain and Republic of Ireland. We also work with local businesses to help them achieve export success in international markets.
Our support has helped:
We are focused on helping the North East maximise its economic potential by working in partnership with local stakeholders and other key local influencers to help drive economic activity within the region.
Stakeholders we work with include:
Under local government reform, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council have greater responsibilities for economic development. As part of the Community Planning Process, we are working with these councils to develop and implement Community Plans tailored to the specific needs in each area. The plans will play a central role in developing the economy of the North Eastern region.
Moira Loughran is Invest NI's Regional Office Manager for the Eastern office. She has been in the role since 2014 and has been involved in Economic Development for more than 14 years.
Moira has extensive knowledge and experience in economic development and international business. Prior to taking on the role of Regional Manager, Moira spent 17 years working in a number of roles for Invest NI and in the private sector.