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  • Opening doors for investors to do business in Belfast

    As a leading council, we offer a broad range of support for businesses or people, expanding their operations in Belfast or considering our city as an investment destination. Through our ‘soft landing service’, we proactively work with investors, providing professional and personal connections to help them do business in our city.

    Our soft landing service includes:

    • a welcome service and access to networks

      We'll assist with a familiarisation visit of local businesses, housing, schools, colleges and universities, as well as providing an insight into Belfast’s social and cultural energy. 

    • planning service

      We can advise on pre-planning application discussions, planning performance agreements and local development plans, as well as introducing you to development engagement managers in our planning service.    

    • sector specific support and skills academies

      We can outline sector-specific support, citywide skills academies, upcoming career fairs, plus access to third party training providers.

    • supplier and supply chain opportunities

      We can give you access to meet-the-buyer events and local supply chain opportunities, as well as providing support on corporate social responsibility with neighbouring communities.

    • internationalisation and export opportunities

      We're proud of our ongoing Sister Cities relationships with Boston, Nashville and Shenyang, and continue to proactively develop these links.

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  • Why invest in Belfast?

    Top 10 reasons to invest in Belfast (link opens in new window)

    Belfast is an accessible city with flexible innovative workspaces. You can also receive tailored induction support at our Innovation Factory.

    Facts and Figures 2022

    Belfast is a fantastic city to invest in – here’s a snapshot of the key facts and figures to help inform your decision - office costs, major current developments, education, employment and enterprise, key growth sectors, quality of life and connectivity. This document is written in both English and Mandarin.

    Read Belfast Facts and Figures 2022

  • Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor

    We are a partner in the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor. We are working to link north and south, the universities, business clusters and resources, and to collaborate on an inclusive growth plan which will boost productivity, create new and better jobs and benefit the whole region.

    For more information, go to Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor (link opens in a new window).

  • Assessing your business needs

    Complete an online form (link opens in new window) about your business support needs. We will assess your information and contact you within three working days to outline the support available.

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