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Business information

Our objective is to promote Belfast as a place to do business and to help grow a sustainable, forward looking economy supported by a flexible and dynamic workforce.

To achieve this we:

  • promote business start-ups
  • support business growth
  • encourage innovation and development in key growth sectors
  • promote the benefits of Belfast as a dynamic business location
  • help create the right skills to match local business needs.

We work in partnership with central and local government, other public sector bodies, the private and voluntary sectors and our local community to achieve these goals and to address the challenges at the heart of our city's economy. Our activities are mainly funded from council rates and are supplemented by funding from Europe as well as other public funding sources.

City Business Hub

We part fund the City Business Hub, a business advice centre offering free information and support for anyone interested in starting, buying or growing a business.

What we do

How do we help? More information

Starting a business

We run a number of business programmes specifically targeted towards business start-ups.

Growing your business

We provide a range of business development programmes to help ambitious businesses in Belfast enhance their own competitiveness and growth potential.

Enhancing skills and employability

We work with key partners to develop innovative ways of addressing the skills and employment challenges facing our city.

Supporting our key sectors

We support key growth sectors that have the potential to make a significant contribution to Belfast's economy.


  • Read about our Investment Programme for Belfast, which outlines our commitment to supporting the city from 2012 to 2015.

In 2013, we commissioned a survey to gauge attitudes and perceptions of businesses and social enterprises located within the Belfast City Council area. We'll use the results to help inform our future business development initiatives and measure their effectiveness.


Contact us
Economic Development
028 9027 0482
Development Department
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street