Eastern Regional Office
Our Eastern Team is located in Belfast and works in partnership with businesses and stakeholders across Belfast City Council area.
Our staff work on a 1-2-1 basis with CEOs who are ready, willing and able to launch competitive products or services into markets outside Northern Ireland.
Eastern Regional Office supported business performance
The Eastern Regional Office works with businesses from a breadth of sectors including Digital & Creative Technologies, Life & Health Sciences, Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, Agri-Food, and Financial, Professional & Business Services. We also work with emerging sectors such as Cyber Security, Agri-Tech, Smart Cities and Creative businesses.
We also work in partnership with stakeholders to drive economic development across Northern Ireland, providing a range of support to help our export focused businesses think strategically and achieve greater export sales.
Over the last five years, we offered support of £206m to 1,115 local and international businesses based in Belfast. This support, alongside the companies' investment commitments, has the potential to generate over £1.2bn investment into the local economy and lead to the creation of 9,882 jobs in the area.
Council areas covered by the Eastern Regional Office
As a Statutory Partner in the Belfast Agenda, we are committed to working in partnership to help businesses across the city grow and compete globally.
We work with companies of different types and sizes to support their growth. In the last year, 43 percent of the assistance we offered was to Belfast based local companies in the Financial, Professional & Business Services sector. This represents a total of £69m investment with the potential of creating 1,120 new jobs.
With innovation at the heart of a successful business we were pleased to note, amongst the businesses we work with, investment in R&D increased by 123 percent in the past year, increasing from £24.31m in 20-21 to £54.32m in 21-22.
You can find more detail on the business make-up of the area and our specific support in the following briefing:
Download the Invest Northern Ireland Council Briefing for the Belfast City Council area (PDF)
Our support included £1.88m of Local Economic Development funding to the council to support the development of a range of programmes to meet the needs of local business. This support was part funded by ERDF, under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.
Council led programmes include:
We are keen to hear from entrepreneurs who want to start, build or scale new businesses or ideas; so if you have an idea for a new business, a new product, service, business model or a new market opportunity, the Eastern Regional Office can help. We provide advice, guidance and financial assistance to support entrepreneurs through the business development process from ideation through to commercialisation.
We also work in partnership with councils, local enterprise agencies, accelerators and further education colleges, providing early stage business startups with a growth pathway that ensures access to the right advice and support at each crucial stage of development.
Invest Northern Ireland support
We work directly and indirectly with businesses across Northern Ireland.
Our approach to supporting businesses is based on three key elements:
- Providing information and advice, directly and through a range of information services
- Providing support to people wanting to set up their own business and helping new and existing businesses grow and move into new markets
- Providing tailored support to businesses that can make the greatest contribution to increasing productivity, innovation and export growth in Northern Ireland
Video | David Maxwell, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer and Peter Farquharson, CEO of FURTHER.SPACE discuss how Invest NI has helped their business grow.
Regional Manager - Susan O'Kane
Susan is the Invest Northern Ireland Eastern Regional Office manager.
Susan has been with Invest NI since 2003 and has held a number of roles including working with the ICT sector and the textiles sector.
She also spent time on secondment to UKTI, Dusseldorf, Germany, selling the skills of Northern Ireland on a European basis.
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