Belfast is a city of exceptional possibilities. It has recently seen significant development across sectors including hotels, offices, cultural venues and visitor experiences, education space, student and residential accommodation. We are home to global research centres of excellence, inward investors and fast-growing indigenous companies. Excellent education, cultural amenities and low cost of living make Belfast a great place to work and live.
Belfast is the cultural and business heart of the region, and driver of Northern Ireland’s economy. We’re committed to taking Belfast to the next level, working collaboratively with city partners to ensure that post-pandemic, we sustain the spirit of the city and achieve resilient and inclusive recovery which benefits all.
Belfast, for a small city, has a number of impressive schemes in development which are changing the landscape of the city. Since 2015, Belfast has seen over 2.5 million square feet of floor space of office accommodation completed or under construction, 4,650 purpose built student accommodation beds have been completed or are under construction and to support the growing tourism market 1,500 hotel beds have been completed, with approx. 5,000 residential units for the city centre at various stages in the planning process. In addition, there are over 40 acres of major mixed use regeneration schemes currently in progress, including Weavers Cross (transport led regeneration), and significant waterfront developments.
NI is home to over 900 international companies. Global brands like Citi, Baker McKenzie, Deloitte, PwC have chosen to set up, and grow, in Belfast. We are ranked fourth in the UK, outside London, in terms of FDI projects. Belfast is home to thriving clusters of high growth companies, with significant strengths in creative and digital, financial and professional services, cyber technology and advanced engineering and manufacturing. Belfast is the second fastest growing knowledge economy in the UK and home to globally recognised research centres in secure information technologies, cognitive robotics, renewable technologies and cancer research. It is the world’s number one destination for US-based cybertech investment and is considered a leading global centre of excellence for cyber security. It is one of the Top 10 Tech Cities in the UK and one of the top 4 UK tech clusters for digital jobs density. Belfast is one of the fastest growing creative industry clusters in UK.
Belfast has a thriving arts and cultural scene that ranges from the traditional to the highly contemporary – something for all tastes. The TV and film industry also thrives in Belfast, with the Titanic Studios being one of Europe’s largest film studios attracting the production of many movies and TV series, most notably the globally renowned Game of Thrones.
Our relatively compact geography means it’s all within easy reach. And, if you want a break from the hustle of the city, you don’t have to travel far before you’re surrounded by stunning countryside and coastline.
Belfast has been ranked in the top six cities in the UK for having the best quality of life. It’s among the cities with the lowest cost of living in the world. In 2020, Lloyd’s named Northern Ireland as the happiest place to live in the UK.
Powered by our young, vibrant and highly educated workforce, secure and resilient infrastructure, strong civic leadership and city partnerships, Belfast is primed for an exciting future.
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