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Northern Ireland’s distilling pedigree putting the sláinte back into Irish Whiskey

Ireland's whiskey heritage, anchored by centuries of distilling acumen in Northern Ireland, is experiencing a renaissance, with the spirit's global sales forecasted to double in the next decade.

NI food and drink industry continues to soar in Europe

The food and drink industry in Northern Ireland is valued at £7bn; it’s a progressive industry, focused on original products which are exported to over 70 countries.

Innovation: the power behind your business

In the fast-changing landscape of business, investing in Research and Development (R&D) and innovation is not merely a choice; it is a strategic necessity to achieve sustained growth and competitiveness. As the Director of Innovation and R&D at Invest Northern Ireland, I am convinced of the transformative power that innovation holds for businesses, and the pivotal role innovation plays in the growth of our economy.

How a focus on sustainability and inclusivity gives companies a competitive edge

Increasingly, consumers look to brand values and ethics as part of their purchasing decisions. They consider issues of sustainability, inclusivity and social impact alongside more traditional elements such as price and quality. Those businesses that are focused on the green economy or are working to ensure their products are accessible to everyone have an inbuilt competitive advantage.

Northern Ireland showcases its credentials as a Global Hub for Fintech Innovation

In the competitive world of fintech, Northern Ireland is a leading global hub, earning worldwide recognition for its fintech ecosystem. The region's strategic blend of home-grown innovators and major international financial services companies has positioned us at the forefront of the industry's recent growth.

Supporting the growth of the Western region

Ethna McNamee writes in this week's Ulster Herald about how our Western Regional Office supports businesses across Fermanagh & Omagh, Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid Ulster District Council areas. These areas are known for their entrepreneurial spirit, manufacturing, thriving agricultural sector and ambitious life & health sciences and construction companies.

Why Northern Ireland is the perfect investment location for firms targeting the UK and EU markets

Companies looking for a foothold in both the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) markets should take a close look at Northern Ireland, which has unfettered tariff-free access to both.

Northern Ireland Space: A Frontier for Innovation and Collaboration

In the realm of space technology innovation, Northern Ireland stands as a unique region where industry and academia seamlessly collaborate. Our dynamic landscape, flexible, highly skilled workforce and rich history of engineering and technology excellence converge to propel us into the future of space exploration.

The changing face of entrepreneurship

As Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023 comes to an end, our thoughts turn to the future of entrepreneurship and providing the type of support business founders need to succeed.

Entrepreneurship and us...

A feature showcasing a snapshot of some of the ways Invest NI has supported entrepreneurs since over recent years.

Engineering Innovation and Dual Market Access make Northern Ireland’s Agri-Solutions more attractive than ever

With centuries of tradition in farming and a rich heritage of agricultural innovation, Northern Ireland continues to serve as a proving-ground for modern, sustainable farming solutions.

Ready, Set, GO GREEN in the global race for net-zero

Rachel Sankannawar from Invest Northern Ireland discusses the once-in-generation opportunity presented by the Green Economy.

The NI Investment Summit: Unlocking a world of opportunities for investors

This month, through the collaboration of the Department for Business & Trade, Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Office, and with the support of countless business leaders from across Northern Ireland, the region was showcased on the global stage.

Northern Ireland entrepreneurs’ driving innovation in health care solutions

Launched in 2016, The NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme (CEP) has proven to be a remarkable success in helping innovate and implement new initiatives within the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK).

Northern Ireland Has What It Takes to Support a Modern Defence Industry

Northern Ireland’s unrivalled engineering credentials, combined with its UK and European-leading technology credentials makes it an increasingly compelling proposition for governments and companies in the growing defence industry.

Empowering growth across Northern Ireland

We published our 2022/23 performance figures last month which highlighted a successful year of growth and investment, demonstrating our commitment to driving economic prosperity across Northern Ireland.

Delivering for business and our economy

Every £1 of our assistance contributed towards £7 of investment in the local economy.

Vast Market Potential for Construction and Demolition in South and West China

To support Northern Ireland companies in China, Invest Northern Ireland undertook several research reports to inform and identify high potential opportunities in the region.

How to access the funding you need for business growth

Patrick Dewar, Corporate Finance Executive at Invest Northern Ireland, explains how the agency’s Access to Finance scheme is providing essential funds for local businesses.

Supporting ambitious young companies across Northern Ireland

Building a regionally balanced economy requires a partnership approach and we work with a range of organisations to achieve this goal.