Lisburn and Castlereagh business support

Advantages of doing business in Lisburn and Castlereagh


Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is an excellent location for doing business.

Local infrastructure

Lisburn and Castlereagh businesses benefit from direct access to markets across the world.

The M1 motorway running across the council area links to Belfast and forms part of the economic corridor to Dublin. A cross-border rail link between Belfast and Dublin includes a stop at Lisburn Station.

Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport are both within a short travel time from the council area. The motorway network also provides fast and reliable access to major ports at Belfast, Larne and Dublin.

The council area has high quality road access into the European Union - find out more about cross-border trade support with InterTradeIreland.

Local workforce and business supply chains

There are around 146,452 residents in Lisburn and Castlereagh.

There are 5,170 businesses operating in Lisburn and Castlereagh, which is 7 per cent of all businesses in Northern Ireland. The majority of the base is micro and small businesses:

  • 87% micro (0-9 employees)
  • 10% small (10-49 employees)
  • 2% medium (50-249 employees)
  • 1% large (250+ employees)

Some major business investors in the council area include Creative Composites, JRL Brick Slip and KME Steelworks and Camlin. Service businesses make up the largest sector in Lisburn and Castlereagh:

  • 12% agriculture
  • 13% construction
  • 8% manufacturing
  • 67% services

You can download an Invest NI council briefing on Lisburn and Castlereagh (PDF, 3.68MB).