Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

Why you should do business in Northern Ireland

In this blog, Causeway Awards 2023 sponsors Invest Northern Ireland and Northern Irish Connections discuss Northern Ireland's transformation over the last 25 years highlighting its increased prosperity.

Both organizations celebrate what makes Northern Ireland a great place to live, work, study, visit, invest, and do business, showcasing the region's success stories, inspirational achievements, and key developments. Read on to learn more about their commitment to growing the local economy, helping businesses compete internationally, and attracting new investment to Northern Ireland, with a focus on export-led growth and practical support for export-ready businesses exploring new markets.

What makes NI such great place to live, work, study, visit, invest and do business?

The Northern Irish economy has transformed since the Belfast Agreement 25 years ago – inward investment, trade, tourism and investment in infrastructure have increased prosperity, life expectancy and attracted new residents to Northern Ireland as well as enticing returners back home to take up global roles now available in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish Connections' role

Here at Northern Irish Connections, we are passionate about celebrating what makes Northern Ireland such a great place to live, work, study, visit, invest and do business.

We connect the diverse strands of the Northern Irish community abroad and are passionate about providing our diaspora with an opportunity to demonstrate the full potential of their talent and influence; all in the name of advancing economic prosperity and harmony in the region.

We love celebrating success stories, inspirational achievements and key developments from Northern Ireland. We love sharing inspiring experiences from our worldwide community of Northern Irish diaspora, bringing people together, connecting, collaborating and engaging through their unique stories and incredible journeys. We love offering practical information and guides about how to join our diaspora in making the move ‘back home’.

We’re inspired by the fact that our diaspora has such a strong global entrepreneurial influence, and we recognise that this has led to international investors choosing Northern Ireland as their location of choice. When LanciaConsult were considering their next UK location, Nichola Adam started a discussion around the potential opportunities for the company to set up in Northern Ireland. Everyone agreed it was the perfect location!

Invest Northern Ireland

Developed by Invest Northern Ireland, NI Connections is about sharing our ambition to make Northern Ireland the global player it deserves to be.

And, in helping Northern Ireland become that global player, as the regional business development agency, Invest Northern Ireland is all about growing the local economy, helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally and attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.

Export-led growth is essential to the development of the Northern Ireland economy and leads to a stronger and more competitive business community. This is why, at Invest NI, we are passionate about helping companies export to new markets and provide practical support to help export-ready NI companies explore market opportunities. Invest NI benefits from strong connections and an on-the-ground presence in global locations, which places us in a strong position to help companies succeed in their exporting journey.

So, whether you are a first-time exporter looking for your first market outside of Northern Ireland, or an experienced exporter looking to grow into new areas territories, we can help.

To find out more about NI Connections and Invest NI get in touch via their websites.

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