It is part of the European Union and has the advantage of operating in the same time zone and regulatory environment to the UK. From Northern Ireland there is easy access to a European Union market of 500 million people, and connections to the global market are excellent.
The first-rate road network has minimal levels of congestion and brings most of Europe within 24-48 hours.
Three airports deal with almost seven million passengers a year. Belfast International Airport runs daily scheduled flights to destinations such as London, Paris and Amsterdam.
The region boasts four ports – Belfast Harbour, Foyle Port, Warrenpoint Harbour and Larne Harbour. Belfast Harbour is the second busiest port on the island of Ireland and along with the ports at Larne and Warrenpoint provides over 160 ferry and freight sailings per week to Great Britain and Europe.