Do business in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is part of the UK, home to more than 1,100 international companies and an ideal location for your business investment opportunity. With experienced exporters keen to grow and develop new trade partnerships across Europe, your business can discover the benefits of trading and strategically sourcing products to import from 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 sourcing

    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 of our size and an ideal place for foreign direct investment.

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    Cost competitive for FDI

    Our operating costs are, on average, 20-30% lower than the rest of the UK and Europe- an ideal place for foreign direct investment.

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Sector Expertise


Area of sector expertise

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

Businesses here include:

  • IBM logo
  • Intel Logo
  • SAP 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
  • Northern Ireland is the world's top region for FS technology inward investment.
  • $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:

  • Fidessa logo
  • Citi
  • PA Consulting 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

Professional & legal services

Area of sector expertise

  • Captive legal services
  • Shared services
  • Legal process outsourcing
  • In-house counsel
  • Software solutions
  • Management consultancy
  • Two of the top 15 law schools in the UK are in Northern Ireland.
  • Legal Services is one of the fastest growing sectors in Northern Ireland’s economy.
  • Operating costs for a legal services centre in Northern Ireland are up to 50% lower than London and 40% lower than New York.

Businesses here include:

  • Allen & Overy logo
  • Citi
  • Herbert Smith Freehills

What others are saying

“Since our original investment, we have been continually impressed with the contribution our Belfast office has made in supporting the delivery of high-quality legal services to Allen & Overy’s international client base.”

Andrew Brammer
IT & Shared Services Director
Allen & Overy

Global business services

Area of sector expertise

  • Shared services
  • Knowledge services
  • Customer contact
  • Recruitment services
  • Staff augmentation
  •  Operating costs are 33% lower than London and 11% lower than Dublin and 51% lower than NYC.
  •  13,000 people employed in 40 shared services, contact or knowledge centres.
  •  Each year we produce 5,000 graduates with degrees in finance, accounting, business, economics, maths, law and computing.

Businesses here include:

  • Capita
  • PwC logo
  • Teleperformance

What others are saying

“The support provided by Invest NI, the quality of people and the cost-competitive business environment makes Northern Ireland a very attractive location for us.”

Philip Cassidy
Senior Vice President
Concentrix Corporation

Food & drink

Area of sector expertise

  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Bakery
  • Artisan & speciality
  • Northern Ireland has a global reputation for food safety.
  • Food and drink products from Northern Ireland are available in more than 70 countries.
  • Home to Bushmills, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.


Area of sector expertise

  • General contracting
  • Civil engineering
  • Building envelope
  • Interior fit-out
  • Facilities management
  • Professional services
  •  12,000 companies
  •  Northern Ireland firms have worked on major projects such as:
    •  London 2012
    •  Crossrail
    •  Titanic Signature Project
  • Northern Ireland firms have also worked on:
    •  National schools and hospitals projects
    •  Fit-out on iconic buildings such as 1 Hyde Park
    •  Fit-out on a range of retail projects across Europe

Businesses here include:

  • Graham Construction logo
  • Lagan construction logo
  • Farrans logo

Aerospace & defence

Area of sector expertise

  • Precision machining
  • Composites design
  • Composites manufacturing
  • Advanced metal forming
  • Seating and interiors
  • Design and stress
  • Tooling design
  • Tool manufacturing
  • Europe's 8th largest aerospace industry in terms of revenue.
  • Over 30% of the world's airline seats are made in Northern Ireland.
  • Companies are internationally accredited AS9100, ISO9001 and NADCAP.

Life & health sciences

Area of sector expertise

  • Big data
  • Precision medicine
  • Diagnostics
  • Clinical trials
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory
  • Diabetes
  • 1,000+ researchers in Centres of Excellence.
  • 10% of the world's cholesterol tests are made in Northern Ireland.
  • 13,000 people studying subjects related to life and health sciences.

Businesses here include:

  • Almac logo
  • Randox
  • Norbrook logo

What others are saying

“The quality and availability of specialist skills here and the strong links we have forged with Queen’s University were key factors when we chose Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland offers a wealth of talented and knowledgeable people.”

Dr Robert Ladner

Creative & digital

Area of sector expertise

  • Film & TV production
  • Post-production
  • Mobile content
  • Gaming & animation
  • Music
  •  HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland.
  •  Belfast's Titanic Studios is one of the largest film and TV production studios in Europe.
  •  Oscar-winning live action short film The Shore was filmed in Northern Ireland.

Businesses here include:

  • Jam logo
  • Dog Ears logo
  • Flickerpix logo

What others are saying

“I can't imagine any other city or any other area where we could have done this show. Anything we throw at Northern Ireland, they deliver. It's really been a wonderful experience. I think that everything this region has to offer has greatly benefited the look and the feel to the show.”

Frank Doelger
Executive Producer
Game of Thrones

Materials handling

Area of sector expertise

  • Mobile screening & crushing
  • Road surfacing
  • Recycling
  • Waste handling equipment
  •  40% of the world’s mobile stone crushing and gravel screening equipment is made in Northern Ireland.
  •  Machinery manufactured in Northern Ireland is sold to customers in over 100 countries.
  •  4000 people employed in over 100 companies.

Advanced engineering & manufacturing

Area of sector expertise

  • Aerospace & defence
  • Automotive
  • Materials handling
  • Life & health sciences
  • Products exported to over 100 countries.
  • 44,000 employees in 2000 companies.
  • Operating costs up to 34% lower than USA, 30% lower than France and 36% lower than Germany.

Businesses here include:

  • SDC Trailers logo
  • Spirit Aerosystems company logo
  • Ulster Carpets Logo

What others are saying

“Over the years, we have received excellent support from Invest NI and we consider them to be an important partner in our ongoing development and growth in Northern Ireland.”

Hiroshi Urakami

Energy & renewables

Area of sector expertise

  • Biofuels
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Installation
  • Operation & maintenance
  • Home to the UK’s first bespoke offshore wind installation and assembly terminal.
  • Established collaborative networks within wind, marine, energy storage and skills development.
  • 15 competence and research centres.

International education

Options for study

  • Queens University
  • Ulster University
  • University-affiliated teacher training colleges
  • English language teaching
  • Boarding schools
  • Vocational education and training
  • Northern Ireland hosts 45,000 students from over 100 countries.
  • Northern Ireland is recognised as having one of the best education systems in Europe. We’re also renowned for our high quality of life, low cost of living, clean environment, lively social scene and the friendliness of our people.
  • Queen’s University is in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Ulster University ranks in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s 150 under 50 – a global comparison of young universities.

Universities based here include:

  • Ulster University logo
  • Queen's University Belfast logo

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 Europe directly or connect with any member of our team via LinkedIn.

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Jennifer Liu
Head of Trade
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Jenny Santiago-Young
Regional Director Ireland
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Amy Dalton
Regional Director Benelux
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Emma Naismith
Regional Director Spain, Portugal & Italy
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Markus Rehkopp
Senior Trade Advisor Germany
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Michelle Charrington
Food & Drink - Head of Business Development GB
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Drew McIvor
Food & Drink - Head of Business Development GB
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Jen Guiney
Food & Drink - Business Development Executive Ireland

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