Why Belfast?

Invest in Belfast Harbour

Belfast has hi-tech expertise, industrial ingenuity and a great lifestyle to offer, making it one of the most attractive inward investment locations in Europe. Belfast Harbour is at the economic hub.

10 reasons to invest in belfast harbour:

1. Location
Belfast is strategically located between the US, UK & Europe – 6 hours from NYC, 90 minutes from Dublin and 1 hour from London. We have access to three international airports within 90 minutes drive, one of which is located within the Belfast Harbour Estate.

2. The Harbour is Belfast’s Economic Hub
The harbour estate covers an area of 2,000 acres representing 20% of the Belfast City area and is also Northern Ireland’s logistics and distribution hub.

3. World Class Office Buildings
Capita, Intel, Fujitsu, Citibank, HBO and Microsoft are all based within the Harbour Estate. The ‘Grade A’ listed City Quays development, now under construction will be completed to the BREEAM Excellent standard, one of the highest sustainability rating for new developments.

4. Gateway to Ireland
Belfast Harbour operates the principal maritime gateway on the island of Ireland. George Best Belfast City Airport is also located within the Harbour Estate and two of Belfast’s main motorways end here. 40% of Northern Ireland’s population are within a 30 minute commute of Belfast.

5. Skilled Workforce
Belfast has a young, highly educated workforce with a strong work ethic and low attrition rates that consistently impress occupiers.

6. State of the Art Connectivity
Belfast also boasts the fastest and most resilient fibre optic telecoms/data connections in the US, UK and Europe.

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7. World class tourism and leisure activities on our doorstep
The Odyssey Pavilion, home to the Odyssey Arena, a cinema, W5 and the Belfast Giants, Titanic Belfast and the SS Nomadic are all located within the Harbour Estate. These attractions contributed towards Belfast’s status as one of the ‘Must-see Places of 2012’ according to Lonely Planet.

8. High Standard of Living
Quality of life in Belfast is underpinned by the excellent free education and healthcare systems, enhanced by our stunning landscape and first-class cultural attractions. We were named the UK’s happiest city in 2013 by Instagram.

9. Lowest operating costs in UK
Belfast offers a competitive-cost, high-value location for occupiers. Belfast Harbour’s City Quays 1 office development is built to high sustainability standards resulting in a reduction on an occupier’s energy costs.

10. Economic Development
Belfast has a strongly pro-business climate. The regional government is committed to supporting business growth, attracting foreign investment and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.