Do business in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is an integral part of the UK, home to a host of international businesses and an ideal location for your foreign direct investment project. With experienced exporters keen to grow and develop new trade partnerships across Asia-Pacific, your business can discover the benefits of trading with Northern Ireland.

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    A wealth of talent

    Northern Ireland boasts highly skilled, loyal and motivated people who always go the extra mile.

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    Global business partner

    We have an established track record as a global business partner, exporting to over 100 countries.

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    Business friendly

    We are one of Europe's most business-friendly regions for our size.

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    Cost competitive

    Our operating costs are, on average, 20-30% lower than the rest of the UK and Europe.

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Sector Expertise


Area of sector expertise

  • Cyber security
  • Financial software
  • Mobile telecoms
  • Health IT
  • Network management
  • Data analytics
  • Payments technology
  • Belfast is Europe’s leading city for new software development projects.
  • 100+ international technology investors.
  • 70% of our IT & telecoms professionals hold a higher education qualification – the highest in the UK.

Businesses here include:

  • Rakuten logo
  • Fujitsu logo
  • Intel Logo

What others are saying

“Northern Ireland is fast becoming a global hub for cyber security professionals and we are keen to leverage the expertise which exists here to drive growth across our businesses.”

Yasufumi Hirai
Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer

Financial services

Area of sector expertise

  • Financial services technology
  • Capital markets technology
  • Fund administration
  • Risk, regulation and compliance
  • Asset management
  • Actuarial & analytics
  • Marketing & research
  • Consultancy
  • Belfast is the world’s #1 city for FinTech development projects.
  • $500 billion flows through Belfast each day, representing 10% of the global FX market.
  • Belfast is ranked 3rd in fDi's Global Fintech Locations of the Future 2019/2020.

Businesses here include:

  • Citi
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  • Allstate logo

What others are saying

“As a result of being here over the last 15 years we have saved the company more than a billion dollars”

Suren Gupta
Executive Vice President
Allstate Technology & Strategic Ventures

Explore our other sectors

Key sectors include:

  • Advanced engineering & manufacturing
  • Life & health sciences
  • Food & drink
  • Materials handling
  • International education
  • Construction
  • Energy & renewables
  • Creative & digital
  • Professional & legal services
  • Global business services

Businesses include:

  • Ryobi logo
  • Terex Corporation logo
  • Terumo logo
  • Bombardier

How we can help

Invest Northern Ireland is the region's economic development agency, responsible for promoting trade and investment opportunities. Our services help potential and existing investors flourish and connect trading partners with our suppliers.


  • Tax incentives
  • Employment & Training grants
  • Research & development grants
  • Finance investment & loans
  • Market development assistance
  • Property search, talent sourcing & business development support
  • A dedicated Invest Northern Ireland project team

For trade

  • Connections with our world-class suppliers
  • Trade show & exhibitions
  • "Meet the Buyer" events

Contact Us

You can contact our offices in the Asia-Pacific region directly or connect with any member of our team via LinkedIn.

Looking for other Invest NI contacts globally?

Please visit our Locations Directory

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Nick Caldwell
Acting Head of Asia Pacific
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Yen Tan
HongKong, Macau & South China
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North China
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East & West China
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Australia & New Zealand

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