Overview of Northern Ireland business



Northern Ireland is one of the fastest growing regions of the United Kingdom. It offers small and medium-sized enterprises excellent opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Regulation is kept to a minimum and running costs are lower than in other parts of the UK. There is also a young, skilled and highly educated workforce.

Northern Ireland has a modern public transport system. The road network makes it easy to do business within the region and with the Republic of Ireland. Direct routes by air and sea to other countries make it easy to trade within Europe and globally.

This guide explains how you can take advantage of the many business opportunities that exist in Northern Ireland. It provides demographics of Northern Ireland, as well as business premises and rates in Northern Ireland.

It will also show you where to get help with starting up or expanding a business.

Free business start-up support

Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.

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