Northern Ireland is home to a young, skilled population and over 900 international companies in a range of sectors. The strong market, growing demand and business-friendly environment mean that 75% of new investors choose to reinvest.
lower labour costs than other European cities
per second telecoms link
of residents under the age of 40
Over 1.8 million
business degree graduates each year
from Belfast to Dublin
of high school graduates go on to further and higher education
1 in 11
people employed in the knowledge economy
Strategic markets: new technology, property, tourism and leisure
Northern Ireland has the highest availability of superfast broadband and 4G download speeds in the UK. This supports the phenomenal growth in knowledge industries within Northern Ireland. It is the world’s number 1 international investment location for US cyber security development projects.
Planning approval progresses faster than before as these decisions are now taken by Northern Ireland’s 11 local councils. Top-end office lettings went up 40% in Belfast in 2016, making the capital the third high-growth location for office lettings in the world. Student housing and the public rental sector also offer huge potential.
Tourism and leisure
Millions of visitors are attracted to the stunning scenery, including the Giant’s Causeway, a wealth of heritage attractions and world-class golfing. Investors put 3,800 more hotel rooms into planning in Belfast alone over the last year.
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