Belfast has just been named the world’s most Business Friendly City of its size by the fDi intelligence division of the FT.
Research for fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2014/15 included analysis of data from 130 locations across the globe including megacities with populations of more than 10million inhabitants to small and medium sized locations like Belfast.
Not only was Belfast judged to be the world’s top business friendly city in the small to medium category, but it was also named in the world’s top 10 cities for Business Friendliness of any size – beating locations like Dubai and Tokyo.
Welcoming the announcement CEO of Invest Northern Ireland Alastair Hamilton said: “It is an honour for Belfast, Northern Ireland’s regional capital, to come top in its category of business friendly cities.
“Judged on a combination of more than 25 criteria including FDI project and employment numbers and the ease of doing business, Belfast has come out on top. It confirms that the joined up approach we take in Northern Ireland with government, businesses and local authorities working together creates a dynamic pro-business climate that is conducive to success for indigenous businesses and inward investors alike.”
Commenting on Belfast’s ranking, Belfast Lord Mayor, Cllr Nichola Mallon, said: “We believe that Belfast offers an attractive package of cost-competitive business infrastructure alongside a highly skilled workforce and great quality of life, all in one compact and connected city. The fDi award endorses what our investors already know – Belfast is a great place to do business!”