Southern Regional Office

The Southern region covers the three council areas of Newry, Mourne and Down, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Ards and North Down.

Our office is located in the restored Drumalane Mill in Newry right in the heart of the city. It acts as a pivotal hub for all of our activities across the region.


For the Corporate Plan period from 2011-12 to 2015-16 we provided support of almost £87m to over 5,000 business projects in the region, securing total investment of over £425m and the promotion of 5,636 new jobs.

The region has a successful financial and professional services cluster and is home to First Derivatives, a global provider of trading and risk management software systems and a strong employer in the area. It also has a strong food and drink sector with high quality and speciality producers.


Our Southern regional office has worked with many companies in the region to help them achieve export success such as Newry based Re-Gen Waste's £500,000 deal with a Turkish distributor following in-market advice from our trade consultants and participation on numerous trade missions. Datum Tool Design based in Ballynahinch who secured a $1million deal with a new customer in China following Invest NI support to help the company extend its manufacturing facilities which has given the company the capacity to compete for higher value projects.

The region has also attracted inward investment from companies including:

Working in partnership

We work in partnership with local stakeholders to drive economic activity in this region.

Community Plans

As statutory partners we are proactively contributing to the community plans which will play a central role in developing the economy of this region. The plans will ensure that the region aligns its efforts to make the most of sectors with high growth potential that will help attract investment and growth to the area. Once implemented, the community plans will play a central role in helping to develop the economy of this region.

Regional Manager

Mark Bleakney is Invest Northern Ireland’s Regional Office Manager for the southern Regional office. He has been in the role since 2004 and has extensive knowledge and experience in economic development and international business. He started his career in a global manufacturing business as an Industrial Engineer and has particular experience in the plastics, light engineering and heavy engineering sectors.

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