Why Northern Ireland?
Aerospace and defence
Northern Ireland is a global leader in aerospace technology. It has a dynamic rapidly growing international aerospace industry founded on a strong engineering heritage and rich in knowledge skills and experience.
The Business Services sector currently employs around 13,000 in Northern Ireland and includes contact centres, management consultancy, security services, facilities management, recruitment services and business to business services.
There are 30,000 people employed in the NI construction sector and output is around £2.1billion.
The creative industries are emerging as one of the fastest growing and increasingly important sectors of the economy. The most recent estimates indicate that there are over 2,500 creative enterprises in Northern Ireland, employing some 34,600 people.
Northern Ireland is a high quality, cost competitive location for middle and back office activities within international financial services. Investors in the sector include asset management, insurance, banking, and financial technology firms.
Food and drink
Foodservice organisations in Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, other parts of Europe and further afield have been able to count on Northern Ireland for food and drink products that combine innovation, quality and provenance for many decades.
ICT and electronics
Northern Ireland is the most cost effective region within the United Kingdom for software development. Companies now have significant development centres and research activity in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is proving itself to be a highly desirable location for international law firms who are re-modelling their operations and enhancing their service offering in response to customer demand and an ever-changing legal services market.
Life and health sciences
World-class research and close collaboration between industry, academia and clinicians make Northern Ireland the ideal location from which to design, test and develop innovative solutions for the Life and Health Sciences industry.
Building on a heritage of engineering excellence, Northern Ireland has emerged as a centre of excellence in the field of materials handling equipment.
Renewables and energy
Northern Ireland has extensive experience in areas of renewable energy including offshore wind, tidal and wave, as well as an abundance of skills that are readily transferrable to other renewable energy sectors including solar and biomass.
Northern Ireland’s unique experience of security issues has created a thriving sector with expertise in a range of areas.