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?
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.