An unbeatable combination of world-class talent, highly competitive operating costs and research excellence in a low-risk, pro-business environment, has fuelled the growth of Northern Ireland’s financial services sector.
Belfast is the number one destination globally for Fintech development projects.
Deep expertise in trading and payments technologies, regtech, analytics and cyber security together with pioneering activity in disruptive technologies such as blockchain and AI, underpins the region’s well deserved global reputation as a location of choice for fintech investment and our ranking as Europe’s leading location for new software development projects (2003-2017, Source FT fDi Markets).
Northern Ireland is also leading the way in providing a wide range of solutions including fund administration, client services, investment operations, regulatory compliance, risk management and actuarial services in support of the global capital markets, asset management, banking and insurance industries. And the related professional services sector is booming.
A host of financial services giants including Citi, The Allstate Corporation, Liberty Mutual, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Visa, Vela and Tullet Prebon, and a dynamic cadre of home-grown entrepreneurs such as First Derivatives thrive in a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem in which collaboration and innovation is actively encouraged and supported by government.
Invest Northern Ireland, the region’s economic development agency, works in partnership with investors to offer advice and financial assistance to support business establishment, growth, capability development and international competitiveness.