Do business in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is an integral part of the UK that boasts skilled people, competitive costs and a track record of partnership. We are home to a host of international businesses which makes it an ideal location for your foreign direct investment project.

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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
  • Healthcare IT
  • Network management
  • Data analytics
  • Payments technology
  • Belfast is Europe’s leading city for new software development projects.
  • 100+ international technology investors.
  • World’s top city for US FDI cybersecurity development projects.

Businesses here include:

  • Blackduck software logo
  • ltinfotech logo
  • microsoft 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

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:

  • firstsource
  • PwC logo
  • Deloitte logo

What others are saying

“The culture of close links between academia, business and government agencies in Northern Ireland is particularly attractive and added to our decision to choose to locate here.”

Muhamed Farooque

Explore our other sectors

Area of sector expertise

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

Businesses here include:

  • Ryobi logo
  • Terex Corporation logo
  • Terumo logo
  • Spirit Aerosystems company 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 India, the Middle East and Africa 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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Swathi Sri
Head of India, Middle East & Africa
Sheethal Rishi
Sheethal Rishi
Regional Director, Trade and Investment
UAE, Oman, Bahrain
Helen Matheson
Helen Matheson
Regional Director, Trade and Investment
Qatar & Kuwait
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Natasha Siniscalchi-Dönmez
Regional Director, Trade and Investment
Sub-Saharan Africa

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