North Western Regional Office

Located in Derry~Londonderry, our North Western Regional Office works with businesses in the Derry City & Strabane and Causeway Coast & Glens council areas.

As well as working with local businesses, the team has strong partnership relationships with stakeholders in the area to help drive economic development.

The team works with businesses ranging from new start-ups to established businesses looking to grow exports. Sectors of focus within the region include: Agri-Food, Construction, Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing and Financial, Professional & Business Services.

North Western Regional Office supported business performance

North Western Regional Office activity stats

Our support over the last five years, combined with the investments by local and international businesses, has the potential to realise investment of £380m in the region, and to create 3,335 new jobs.

More detail on our work in each specific council area is detailed below.

Council areas covered by the North Western Regional Office regional office

Derry City & Strabane District Council

We have a long-standing relationship with Derry City & Strabane District Council and are an active partner in supporting the delivery of the Inclusive Strategic Growth Plan. As part of this we work closely with the council to promote the area to potential investors, along with helping local companies grow.

Over the last five years we have provided support of £51m to 335 businesses based in the District Council area. This support has the potential to generate nearly £275m of investment and the creation of 2,186 new jobs.

In the most recent year we offered almost £7m of support to businesses in the area, an increase of 17 percent on last year. This, combined with company investment, will potentially realise a total investment of £34m in the local economy.

You can find more detail on the business make-up of the area and our specific support in the following briefing:
Download the Invest Northern Ireland Council Briefing for the Derry City & Strabane District Council area (PDF)

Our support included £1.7m of Local Economic Development funding to the council to develop a range of key programmes to meet local business needs. This support was part funded by ERDF, under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020. These programmes include topics such as digital services, exporting, Brexit, and Covid-19 advice and support.

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

As a Statutory Partner in Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan, we are committed to working in partnership with Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to help businesses grow and compete globally.

Between 2016-17 and 2020-21 we provided support of over £21m to 293 businesses based in the council area. Together with the investments made by the businesses themselves, this has the potential to generate almost £105m of investment and create 1,150 new jobs in the area.

As well as supporting local companies, we have worked to help attract investment from externally owned businesses and have seen strong increases in the last few years – investment as a result of support to externally owned business has increased by over 460 percent over the past three years.

You can find more detail on the business make-up of the area and our specific support in the following briefing:
Download the Invest Northern Ireland Council Briefing for the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council area (PDF)

Our support included £1.3m of Local Economic Development funding to the council to develop a range of key programmes to meet local business needs. This support was part funded by ERDF, under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.

Entrepreneurship

We are keen to hear from entrepreneurs who want to start, build or scale new businesses or ideas; so if you have an idea for a new business, a new product, service, business model or a new market opportunity, the North Western Regional Office can help. We provide advice, guidance and financial assistance to support entrepreneurs through the business development process from ideation through to commercialisation.

We also work in partnership with councils, local enterprise agencies, accelerators and further education colleges, providing early stage business startups with a growth pathway that ensures access to the right advice and support at each crucial stage of development

Find out more about support for Innovation on the innovateni.com website

Invest Northern Ireland support

We work directly and indirectly with businesses across Northern Ireland.

Our approach to supporting businesses is based on three key elements:

  • Providing information and advice, directly and through a range of information services
  • Providing support to people wanting to set up their own business and helping new and existing businesses grow and move into new markets
  • Providing tailored support to businesses that can make the greatest contribution to increasing productivity, innovation and export growth in Northern Ireland

Regional Manager - Des Gartland

Des Gartland is the Invest Northern Ireland North Western Regional Office Manager. He has been in the role since 2008 and prior to this, spent 13 years in the private sector.

You may also be interested in...

  • Funding through loans and equity

    We have six funds to help SMEs with high growth potential forge ahead.

  • Take part in market visits

    We take companies around the world to uncover new opportunities.

  • Propel programme

    Support to start up and scale an export focused company.

Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Contact our
Business support team
0800 181 4422
or
For information on how we use your personal data including your rights, see our privacy notice.