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Northern Ireland Financial Centre of Excellence

A guide to the financial, business and professional services sector in Northern Ireland.



Northern Ireland offers a competitive business environment and superb quality of life with almost 900 inward investors already present in the market. It’s a cost-competitive location where total operating costs can be up to 50% lower than London.

Belfast is already established as one of the world’s top locations for financial services technology investment (fintech). It’s also building a reputation as being home to globally integrated client-facing teams of international firms.

This guide includes background to the region and details on what makes it an attractive place for investment.

This was published originally by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) which has since moved to the Department for International Trade (DIT).