Trade & Investment
Northern Ireland is one of the U.K.’s most attractive regions for global investors, due in large part to its strong pro-business climate and highly skilled workforce. Over 900 international companies have invested in Northern Ireland to date, and hundreds of Northern Ireland products and services are exported globally each year.
A Top Destination for Investors
Northern Ireland’s skilled workforce, competitive costs, strong internal infrastructure, and attractive tax regime have created an environment ripe for investment. Operating costs are on average 20% - 30% lower than in the rest of the United Kingdom (fDi Markets, FT), and Belfast is considered by many to be one of the most business friendly cities of its size (fDi Markets, FT). Key investors include multinational corporations like Citi, Bombardier, Fujitsu, Allstate, and Allen & Overy.
An Industry Leader
Northern Ireland is a leader in the fields of cyber security, financial and global business services, aerospace technology, entertainment and digital media, and life sciences. It is the number one international investment location for U.S. cyber security development projects (fDi Markets, FT), and is the top global destination for fintech development (fDi Markets, FT).
A Booming Entertainment Hub
The region’s television and film industry is thriving, due in large part to the success of shows like Game of Thrones and The Fall. To date, Game of Thrones has contributed over $230 million to the local economy (Invest NI), and has created thousands of jobs. Titanic Studios in Belfast has become one of Europe’s largest film studios, attracting producers such as HBO, Universal, and Playtone. And, Northern Ireland’s iconic and unforgettable landscape has made the region a top destination for filmmakers and studios from around the world.
How We Can Help
The Bureau works with agencies like Invest Northern Ireland as well as the region’s eleven local councils throughout the year to identify opportunities for trade and investment, and establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with companies operating in North America. We achieve this by:
- Maintaining an extensive North American business network;
- Monitoring key political and policy developments of interest to the Northern Ireland and North American business communities;
- Supporting trade missions to the United States and Canada; and
- Facilitating visits to Northern Ireland