Investment Conference delegates to hear about NI strengths in business, professional and financial services

A workshop focusing on business, professional and financial services sectors is taking place today as part of the Northern Ireland Investment Conference.

The conference, hosted by the First and deputy First Minister, is being organised by Invest NI, working closely with UKTI. The conference is sponsored by British Airways and Danske Bank.

The workshop will give international delegates the opportunity to hear in detail how Northern Ireland is a location of choice for their businesses. The delegates attending are from a broad range of companies operating in these sectors from countries including Japan, USA, Canada, India, Germany and China.

Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, said: “Belfast is the number one destination globally for financial technology investment and our business services sectors, particularly legal services, have experienced significant development in recent years.

“Northern Ireland’s reputation as a business friendly, cost-competitive region with a skilled workforce has attracted many global names within these sectors including Capita, Financial Times, Citi, NYSE Technologies and Axiom Law.”

Today’s workshop is offering delegates the chance to get more detail on Northern Ireland strengths in business, professional and financial services sectors. Representatives from First Derivatives, Herbert Smith Freehills, Concentrix, Allen & Overy, Allstate and PwC are participating as panel members at the workshop and will share their experiences of doing business here.

Mr Fitch added: “Northern Ireland’s operating costs are highly competitive with the rest of the UK and we have a growing reputation in global markets for innovation, quality products and services, combined with a skilled, flexible and committed workforce. By showcasing these strengths we aim to demonstrate that although Northern Ireland is small it is able to successfully meet the needs of large international companies and support the growth of ambitious local businesses.”