Track record

Northern Ireland has an impressive track record in attracting foreign direct investment.

The region has experienced an influx of new investors in recent years, particularly in the technology, financial services and legal sectors, joining companies that have enjoyed long-term success in the region.


  • Northern Ireland is the world's top region for FS technology inward investment with companies such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Visa and TPicap choosing to invest
  • Northern Ireland is the #1 international investment location for US cyber security firms with investors including Rapid7, WhiteHat Security, Black Duck by Synopsys, Anomali and Proofpoint all having operations here
  • Belfast is Europe's leading FDI destination for new software development with investors such as Allstate, CyberSource (a Visa Company), Fujitsu and TSYS developing their software here

Other international investors include Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy LLP, Seagate Technology, Bombardier Aerospace, Citi and the Allstate Corporation.

Over 70% of new investors reinvest - testament the region’s appeal. This continued success has led to almost 1100 international companies locating in the region and employing around 100,000 people.

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