A Northern Irish Welcome

As life opens up, the longer term appears brighter nonetheless. We’ve all bought an inventory of issues we’ll by no means take as a right once more.

Sure, this previous 12 months and a half has offered its challenges, nevertheless it’s additionally introduced alternatives and demonstrated the resilience of lots of Northern Eire’s key industries, tutorial establishments and, after all, the individuals behind them.

Lately, Northern Eire has topped numerous polls measuring the happiness of its residents. At the same time as not too long ago as 2020, we got here out tops because the happiest area within the UK. Even within the face of the pandemic, the annual Happiness Index by Lloyds Banking Group discovered contentment amongst Northern Eire’s individuals had elevated nearly six per cent, whereas the UK as an entire reported a negligible rise of simply 0.4%.

Because the regional enterprise growth company for Northern Eire, we see the proof of this daily. We is likely to be the smallest area of the UK with only one.8 million individuals, however we’re massive on success. Firms each massive and small come to Northern Eire in search of progress – and Make investments NI helps them with open arms. Plus, our preliminary welcome typically turns into life-long partnership.

Listed below are among the the reason why.

Expertise in abundance

Northern Eire is revered for the standard training supplied by its faculties, faculties and universities. Practically a fifth of public expenditure is on training, and we persistently outperform all different UK areas in tutorial {qualifications} at GCSE and A-Stage.

We’re hungry for data and private growth, particularly in terms of the industries which are shaping the longer term. Northern Eire at present has the best proportion of certified IT professionals within the UK and Eire, as an illustration, with one in 11 individuals working within the data financial system. Every year, there are 4,000 graduates with enterprise {qualifications}, with tech being a selected space of focus, alongside finance and different skilled companies.

US workforce administration firm, Workrise, is only one instance of a brand new investor to have come to Northern Eire to entry its expert workforce. It’s now within the strategy of establishing a know-how engineering centre which is able to create 153 new jobs.

 “We chosen Northern Eire as the situation for this new centre based mostly on the high-quality software program engineers with trade expertise, together with a robust pipeline of graduates out of your wonderful universities. This together with the sensible and monetary assist from Make investments NI, made Northern Eire a really engaging location.”

Workrise CEO, and co-founder, Xuan Yong>

The demographic of Northern Eire can be beneficial in terms of expertise. We’ve one of many youngest populations in Europe – over 50 per cent are aged beneath 40 – in addition to one of the crucial loyal workforces, with acknowledged low labour turnover charges.

Lastly, if our current expertise isn’t sufficient, there’s one other route. When an organization is fascinated with creating jobs in Northern Eire, Assured Expertise gives the required assist to supply a top quality workforce by bespoke coaching and recruitment.

Absolutely funded by the Division for the Financial system, the programme sometimes works by facilitating the event, recruitment and supply of a six to eight week pre-employment Assured Expertise Academy with a school or college companion. Candidates are of a excessive calibre, and minimal entry stage {qualifications}, comparable to a bachelor’s diploma, could be set.

The Academy Mannequin is versatile and versatile, and has been used to assist firms recruit new employees in quite a lot of areas – from information analytics, software program growth and cyber safety to enterprise, monetary and authorized companies and even welding.

An atmosphere that helps you get forward

Regardless of our small stature, greater than 1,200 worldwide firms at present function in Northern Eire, together with main US firms like Microsoft, Allstate, Aflac and Seagate. And after they come, they have a tendency to remain, with over 70 per cent of latest buyers selecting to re-invest within the area additional down the road. That’s exactly why we nonetheless maintain the accolade for attracting extra FDI jobs per head than another area within the UK.

However past expertise, what’s the pull?

Firstly, the aggressive price of doing enterprise and the famend high quality of life in Northern Eire are clear advantages for workers and employers alike. Property prices, as an illustration, are round 75 per cent decrease than they’re in London and 60 per cent decrease than Dublin, and, consistent with decrease dwelling prices, salaries could be round 30% and 20% decrease in contrast with London and Dublin respectively.

Secondly, digital connectivity is of great significance to buyers, much more as our world strikes more and more on-line and extra individuals transfer to versatile or hybrid working. Northern Eire advantages from high quality connectivity all through, and, because of its fibre foundations, Belfast is to be one in all first cities within the UK to learn from a city-wide roll out of 5G.

Northern Eire additionally presents highly effective networks of the non-digital type. Collaboration is wealthy and effectively embedded throughout all sectors, and this means for public, personal and tutorial communities to work collectively has been instrumental in our success. Within the coming years, this method is about to unlock an anticipated £1 billion in contemporary funding by a bunch of Metropolis Offers.

Lastly, Northern Eire gives uniquely worldwide hyperlinks, permitting firms to serve each UK and EU markets from one location. As a hotbed for funding, notably in R&D, Northern Eire can function an excellent central location for trialling, manufacturing, and commercialising merchandise to succeed in a number of markets. For these in search of info on market entry, a truth sheet is offered on our web site.

Sector hubs with pull issue

With its lengthy industrial and shipbuilding heritage, Northern Eire was beforehand related to extra conventional sectors. Nevertheless, in current many years, there’s established management in among the world’s most essential and leading edge industries together with digital transformation, cyber safety, biotech and information analytics.

Likewise, skilled and enterprise companies, together with authorized and finance, at the moment are very mature when it comes to each entry to expertise and popularity. Certainly, Northern Eire is residence to among the largest names globally, together with EY, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, TPIcap, Citi, Allstate, and Aflac.

These hubs of experience are a significant pull for each expertise and funding, feeding innovation, discovery and progress. There are various nice examples. One of many UK’s most vital clusters of cyber safety companies has shaped round CSIT, the UK’s Innovation and Information Centre for Cybersecurity at Queen’s College, as an illustration, with illustration from Allstate, Citi and IBM. For this very purpose, Belfast has develop into the primary worldwide location for US cyber safety growth initiatives in recent times.

Business giants are additionally a part of the combo, together with Massive 4 accounting agency, PwC, which not too long ago introduced £40million funding to create an Superior Analysis and Engineering centre at its fastest-growing division, Function, which is predicated in Belfast.

PwC’s new centre will create nearly 800 jobs and goals to reinforce PwC’s capabilities in essential analysis areas comparable to robotic course of automation and synthetic intelligence.

“It’s an enormous assertion of confidence from PwC UK’s Government Board in each the Function enterprise and our native expertise. The power of our individuals has already enabled us to show Function into PwC’s fastest-growing division and I’m very proud that this provides us the chance to create tons of extra extremely expert jobs in Northern Eire.”

Ian McConnell, Associate lead for PwC, Function>

As you may see, Northern Eire has quite a bit to supply as a spot to stay, work and do enterprise. These hubs of experience are a significant pull for each expertise and funding, fuelling a various, future-looking financial system.

We’re enthusiastic about alternatives our altering world will deliver and we’re desirous to assist like-minded companies with their sights set on progress.

We look ahead to welcoming you to NI.

Make investments Northern Eire is the area’s enterprise growth organisation. Its function is to develop the native financial system by serving to new and current companies to compete internationally, and by attracting new funding to Northern Eire.

Discover out extra about how we will work along with you and your small business.


A Northern Irish Welcome