Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Our business and enterprise centres play an essential role in supporting business enterprise, growth and innovation, by providing an excellent range of facilities and services to businesses seeking to locate and expand within the Borough. Whether you are starting a new business, or an established business looking to relocate, our business and enterprise centres offer a variety of workspace accommodation and a range of excellent support services.

Click on this link to view our ‘Open for Business – Enterprise Agencies’ video with highlights the Borough’s range of Enterprise Centres, facilities, service and support available to entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses.

Why Do Business Here?

Business has a real commercial advantage and is at the heart of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council offer. The Borough offers:

  • A supportive and welcoming environment.
  • An integrated and flexible business support framework.
  • A strong skills and knowledge base.
  • A wealth of internationally recognised knowledge and sector-focused support organisations.
  • A great central location in Northern Ireland.
  • Superfast broadband connectivity.
  • Excellent development sites and a range of high quality ready built business premises.
  • Key international business linkages with Europe, the USA and beyond.

Belfast City Council

Growing a prosperous, inclusive city economy is one of Belfast City Council’s top priorities, and we are committed to working with our partners to make Belfast a great place to do business and supporting entrepreneurs and business starts.

Whether you are a new business starting out, or an existing business that wants to grow, Belfast City Council have a range of support in place to enable you to achieve your ambitions.

City for Start-Ups: Go out on your own without going it alone

If you're in the process of starting or have recently started a business, social enterprise or co-operative and need guidance to develop your business strategy, then our support can help. Our free tailored business support includes:

  • knowledge and insight from business experts
  • Networking connections
  • workshops
  • Incentives
  • Mentoring and assistance in key business areas

City for Growth: Growing your business in Belfast

If you've been in business for over one year and need specific help with growth, we offer a broad range of support including;

  • mentoring and assistance in key business areas
  • help with exploring new customer markets
  • networking con nections
  • digital transformation
  • tendering advice and guidance

Register with us to access free support. We aim to get back to you within 3 working days providing the relevant support available to you.

Belfast is a city full of ambition, optimism and above all energy. It’s a talented, competitive and connected city. Home to a growing number of global companies and thriving sectors of high growth companies, with significant strengths in creative and digital, financial and professional services, technology and advanced engineering.

Creative & Digital – One of the fastest growing creative clusters in the UK.

Creativity is part of Belfast’s DNA. Whether it’s film, TV, sound production or state of the art virtual and augmented reality, Belfast’s creative companies are making their mark globally.

A young population and highly skilled workforce ensures there is a wealth of talent available across the film, animation, music, mobile, gaming, and TV subsectors. This represents a diverse and easily accessible supply chain for the creative and digital industries.

Belfast’s reputation as a location for film and television production has grown significantly in recent years. The city has been able to call itself home to major TV and film productions such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Fall, Krypton and Line of Duty. Belfast is one of the fastest growing creative clusters in the UK and home to over 1,600 companies employing 20,000 people.

Financial & Professional Services – #1 Global Destination for Financial Technology Investment.

Digital capability and access to outstanding talent means that Belfast is now home to a diverse range of financial and professional services companies. Over 20,000 people are employed in this sector by globally recognised brands such as Allstate, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Citi, Fujitsu and Mercer. They sit alongside a rapidly growing cluster of FinTech companies. Belfast is the leading European city for new FDI software development projects and in the top 3 Fintech locations of the future after London and Singapore.

Belfast is one of eight UK financial centres and its specialisms include asset management, fund administration, operations, risk, regulation and compliance. A pipeline of over 5,000 graduates across relevant disciplines such as finance, accounting, economics, law and computing provide a ready supply of skills and talent to support this growing sector.

Cyber Security - #1 International investment location for US cyber security development projects.

Belfast is recognised as a global centre of excellence. A powerful combination of the city’s talent, innovation, resilience and pioneering research developed over the last three decades is priming Belfast for success.

Belfast is now the world’s number one destination for US based Cyber Tech Investment. With over 1,700 people currently employed in tech related jobs, the city is fast becoming a global hub for Cyber Security. International companies like Capita, IBM, AlertLogic, Proofpoint, Whitehat, Rapid7 and Synopsys have set up in Belfast, whilst the city is also home to the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the largest Cyber Security centre in Europe and recognised by Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) as an academic centre of excellence. The largest of its kind in the UK, this flagship centre counts BAE Systems, IBM, Infosys and Thales, amongst its partners. Companies specialising in financial software data analytics and encryption, access control systems, intelligent surveillance technologies and cyber security all have bases in the city.

Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing – 8th largest Aerospace region in Europe.

Belfast is steeped in a rich engineering heritage that’s brimming with knowledge, skills and experience. The region is Europe’s eighth largest aerospace region, and Belfast is a global leader in advanced manufacturing and engineering, with the sector contributing £1 billion to the local economy annually.

With a long tradition of excellence in heavy industry and cutting edge research, Belfast is proud to be called home by Spirit AeroSystems. As a result, the city occupies a pole position in aerospace engineering. Research and development are at the core of Belfast’s growth in the manufacturing sector. These areas are strategically supported through The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites & Engineering Centre to support innovation through collaboration.

Hospitality & Tourism – Voted number 1 region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

2019 was a record year for business tourism sales with 112 new conference and events secured for the city for future years, + 47% on the prior year. In 2019, Belfast welcomed over 275,000 cruise visitors on 146 cruise ships, an increase of 28 ships from 2018. Belfast Harbour opened a new cruise terminal which provides the first dedicated facilities for cruise ships on the island.

The city is also home to Titanic Belfast, named the Best International Experience in 2018. Tourism contributed £2.7 million per day in 2018 to the region’s economy, and the city saw 1.7 million overnight stays. Belfast has added more than 3,000 additional hotel bed spaces across the city between 2015 and 2017, with 1.14 million room nights sold in 2018. These, and other development opportunities in this sector, will contribute to Belfast’s ambition to double the value of tourism.

Life & Health Sciences – #1 European destination city for new medical software development projects.

Belfast is Europe’s leading destination for new software and is a pioneering centre for new technologies in life and health sciences. Strong relationships between industry and the city’s prestigious universities have produced pioneering research and many new discoveries.

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast has revolutionised cancer research, while the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University leads transformational projects to align care needs with technology providers, researchers and clinical experience.

Andor Technologies is renowned for building the world’s most advanced scientific cameras used in medical research and space exploration and Heartsine is a world leader in emergency cardiac technology.

Dublin City Council

Whether you’re looking for funding and investment, supports or just to connect with like-minded startups – as well as more experienced entrepreneurs – Dublin City has you covered.

Early stage startup? Talk to the Local Enterprise Office. LEO provides easy access to quality supports including training, networking events and mentoring. Eligible start-ups can apply for co-funding for feasibility research, salaries and other costs, as well as help in accessing other sources of finance, including Microfinance Ireland.

Looking for further investment? Dublin city is home to some of the best accelerator and incubator programmes in Europe. Dogpatch Labs, located in the Docklands and part of the national NDRC accelerator, invest in technology-based start-ups, provide financing, intensive mentoring and prepare businesses for next stage investment. Browse 20+ other accelerators and incubators on

As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, The IDA partners with multinationals, both established and emerging, to provide funding and incentives and to aid in their relocation to Dublin. It helps companies to become established in Dublin and to ramp up their operations here.

Enterprise Ireland , the government body responsible for the development of Irish enterprises globally, provides a full range of support from access to VCs and co-funding to networking opportunities within the Dublin Start-up scene.

Want to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs? Dublin Chamber is the largest and most influential B2B networking and lobbying organisation in Dublin. They represent over 1,300 businesses throughout the Greater Dublin region and run over 130 training and network events every year. Looking for something more informal? First Fridays for Startups is run by Dogpatch Labs and takes place each month. Providing a space for mentoring and inspiring chats, First Fridays is where you’ll find some of Dublin’s most exciting startups. For more, see

Key Sectors


High-quality tech and multilingual talent is readily available in Dublin. Add to this a rich tech startup ecosystem, 9 out of the top 10 global tech companies, a supportive business ecosystem including technology and research centres and an excellent quality of life and it’s easy to see how Dublin provides the perfect base to thrive.

Financial Services

Dublin is a major global hub for fund administration, aircraft leasing, insurance and a range of wholesale banking activities. Dublin is a base for a wide variety of financial firms which are attracted by robust regulation and a strong skills base as well as excellent investment and tax incentives.

Professional Services

Professional services such as law, accounting, R&D, marketing and management consulting are well represented in Dublin. The sector accounts for 8.5% of total employment in Ireland and positive trends in its growth are expected to continue.

Life Sciences

There is a strong collaborative cluster of companies in Dublin, which facilitates best practice-sharing as well as cooperation between industry and both universities and research centres. Recent investments in Dublin have been made by international companies including Pfizer, Takeda, BMS, Alexion, Mallinckrodt and SK Biotech.

Logistics & Storage

As an export-driven economy on the periphery of Europe and the home of the European or EMEA headquarters for many global players, the transport and logistics sector is a significant and growing sector in Dublin. Dublin Airport has already seen passenger numbers and freight tonnage grow strongly. Planned development is expected to boost activity further. Freight through Dublin Port is also at record levels – additional investment has been committed to provide additional capacity.

Arts & Recreation

This sector accounts for almost 6% of all employment in the capital and has experienced comparatively faster growth than the EU average since 2011. This trend is expected to continue, boosted particularly strong growth in sports and recreation activities.

Fingal County Council

Fingal Supporting Business

Fingal County Council provides a 360-degree service to help you locate and build your facility in Fingal. Fingal facilitates meetings with our planning service to help you understand the local planning requirements when locating your business in Fingal and what requirements must be met in terms of planning and building your facility.

The Local Enterprise Office - Fingal is a one-stop-shop which assists start-ups, those already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, SME’s and small businesses looking to expand. Fingal promotes entrepreneurship, fosters business start-ups and develops micro & small businesses to drive job creation and provide accessible high-quality support for your business ideas. Fingal LEO provides business advice, mentoring, financial supports, trading online vouchers, networking and enterprise education among other services.

The Dublin Enterprise Zone (DEZ) has over 1500 hectares of land zoned in the zoned primarily for office, research & development, high technology manufacturing, industrial, general enterprise & employment purposes and with only half the DEZ developed so there is significant potential to create additional jobs on the undeveloped, zoned and serviced land available.

Fingal plays a strong supporting role to the Dublin City Gateway, which is the country’s economic growth centre. Fingal is the chosen location for thousands of businesses across all the main sectors of economic activity and home to a diverse range of employers, varying in scale from major multi-national companies, Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Fingal based start-ups with small numbers of employees.

Key Sectors

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

With leading companies such as Synopsys, IBM, PayPal and Symantec, Fingal has a wealth of ICT and technology talent clustered in the Blanchardstown area and a future talent pool with TU Dublin Technological University Dublin located in the area.

Pharmaceutical/ Healthcare

This sector is well established in Fingal by companies such as Bristol Myers-Squibb, Alexion, Helsinn Birex, Organon, Mylan and MSD Ireland who continue to invest and grow in Fingal. The Health Service Executive (HSE) also has a major employment centre at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown,


Fingal is home to Dublin Airport which is a key economic driver in the county and a major employer with companies such as Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority, Cityjet, Servisair and Ryanair all clustered around Dublin Airport and providing significant employment to the region.

Agri-Food Sector

The agri-food sector is a key employment sector for rural communities and an important sector for Fingal with many key national horticulture brands located in Fingal. Fingal’s 600 farmers produce 14.5% of national potato output, 47% of field vegetable output and 37% of protected fruits, vegetables and nursery plants and is home to enterprises such as Keelings, Country Crest, Sam Dennigan and Donnellys.


Fingal invests considerable resources in supporting tourism and manages a number of significant heritage properties and works closely with Fáilte Ireland to develop tourism infrastructure. Tourism in Fingal generates significant revenue with visitors generating a €500 million spend and sustaining more than 20,000 jobs across all sectors.


Lisburn Castlereagh Networking and Business Support

Businesses wishing to relocate to the council area or expand their current operations can access the council’s unique ‘Soft Landing Programme’. The Soft Landing team will provide expert advice and support on a range of business related areas such as the law, financial planning, sales & marketing, property, IT systems and human resources. This unique programme of incentives and information for prospective companies, delivered by the council’s Investment Team, form part of Lisburn Castlereagh’s business-friendly welcoming culture and reduces the associated risks for investors.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is lead Council for the Northern Ireland Business Start Up – ‘Go for It’ Programme on behalf of the 11 Northern Ireland councils. Go for It is a business start-up and growth programme funded by local Councils and delivered by a network of Local Enterprise Agencies in Northern Ireland.

We recognise that businesses are currently facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the significant economic impact that Covid-19 is having, and a dedicated Business Solutions Team deliver a range of free specialist support programmes and initiatives including the Mentor Growth and Digi-Growth programmes, focusing on sustainability, resilience and growth and an International Trade Programme to support businesses explore export opportunities and other markets including the EU and internationally.

A thriving free Entrepreneurs Network and discussion breakfast forum for businesses based in the council area incorporates key note speakers from highly esteemed entrepreneurs to advise and inspire. Monthly events also offer practical information aimed at addressing key business issues and promoting local business development.

Key Sectors

Lisburn Castlereagh City has a diverse economy and has a strong, proven track record with many flourishing facilities owned by multi-nationals, industry leaders and locally grown successes.

Advanced Engineering

Lisburn Castlereagh has an excellent supply of industrial parks for advanced engineering companies. Each business park has excellent road connections to the international airports and ports. The local road and rail network also makes it easy for employees, suppliers and customers.

Business & Professional Services

Lisburn Castlereagh is already home to a thriving cluster of professional service companies from executive recruitment companies, high end web design to international marketing. Lisburn Castlereagh’s proximity to Belfast combined with its skills, lower cost base and redevelopment programme make it an ideal location for Business & Professional Services companies.

Food & Drink

Lisburn Castlereagh’s logistical connections allow fast transport across the island of Ireland and to the rest of the UK. Whether you’re a food or drink manufacturer, an equipment manufacturer, a packaging company or a food and drink distributor.

High Technology

Lisburn Castlereagh has a growing technology sector and is particularly suited to small and medium sized operations for example 30 – 200 person operations.

Renewable Engineering & Energy

Lisburn Castlereagh's engineering, technological and construction expertise makes it an ideal location for businesses focusing on the renewables and energy sector. The areas precision engineering and composites expertise holds significant potential for the sector.

Louth County Council

Co Louth offers a dynamic 3rd level Institute of Technology and two Institutes of Further Education which support industry needs with skilled talent and collaborative opportunities. The focus of 3rd level programmes is to meet industry needs, particularly in STEM, ICT and Emerging Technologies.

There is also access to world class research centres and facilities at DkIT, particularly around ICT, Health & Ageing; Energy & Environment and Creative & Digital Arts. There are a range of incubation facilities and start-up supports to help businesses establish and grow. The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) - Louth is a one-stop-shop which assists start-ups, those already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, SME’s and small businesses looking to expand. Louth promotes entrepreneurship, fosters business start-ups and develops micro & small businesses to drive job creation and provide accessible high-quality support for business ideas. The LEO provides business advice, mentoring, financial supports, trading online vouchers, networking and enterprise education among other services.

Other facilities include the Regional Development Centre at DkIT,

This is backed up by local and national support bodies providing business development support

Financial Services

Louth has a proven track record in both financial services and technology and is a key hub for International Financial Services (IFS) with a significant concentration of IFS businesses located in the county, all located only 30 – 60 minutes from Dublin’s IFSC. The Fintech Corridor centred in Co Louth is an excellent example of bringing together public and private bodies to drive the development of the area as a hub for e-commerce, fintech and payments. The area hosts many leading companies in this space, including PayPal, Vesta, Yapstone, AWS, Coca-Cola International Services, Irish Life (Great-West Lifeco.), State Street Corp., SuMi Trust, Intact, Aphix Software and Gecko Governance.

Digital Technologies

Ireland is among the top 10 most innovative countries in the world. Louth is home to a vibrant cluster of indigenous and multinational businesses in software, communications and other digital technologies, notably ABB's Software Engineering Research Centre, Amphenol, Digiweb-Viatel, Intact Software, National Pen, Petsafe Europe, Prometric, StatSports and SeaChange and Xerox.

Life Sciences

Louth boasts an evolving cluster of indigenous and multinational biotech, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies with strong investment in world-class research contributing to Ireland’s position as the largest net exporter of pharmaceuticals in the world. Some of the companies located in this cluster are Almac, AmRAY Medical, Becton Dickinson (BD), Bellurgan Precision Engineering, Blueacre Technology, Diaceutics, Kyvor Genomics, Multi-Colour Corp, Ovelle Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Petsafe Europe, PCI Pharma Services, WuXi Biologics, WuXi Vaccines and the Wasdell Group.

Energy & Environment

Many established and startup businesses are embracing energy and environmental challenges;

Climote, GlenDimplex Group, Kingspan Group, Oxigen Environmental and Shabra Group are among the companies in the catchment bringing advanced skills and research opportunities to address new energy and environmental challenges and drive business results.

Engineering & Food Manufacturing

Demonstrating technological advancement since megalithic times, market leaders in engineering and food manufacturers have a long history on the Corridor, exporting to global markets.

Food manufacturers such as ABP Food Group, Beam Inc., Boyne Valley Group, Eastcoast Bakehouse, Great Northern Distillery, Hilton Foods, Kerry Group, Natures Best, Total Produce plc are located in Louth. Engineering companies ABB Group, Cargotec Corp, Multihog, RHI Magnesita - Premier Periclase, Satir Group, Suretank Group and Xerox Europe can all be found in Louth.

Meath County Council

Meath is simply the perfect location for your business and family.

With a range of superb business locations, excellent transport infrastructure and telecommunications, a highly skilled workforce, a competitive cost base and a range of support services, Meath is the premier location for business investment in the country.

Key Sectors

Agriculture & Food

Agri-Food is a key indigenous sector and Meath has a very well developed farm sector, due to the high quality of the land. Strengths include climate, land quality, provenance and reputation for quality and significant investment and opportunities are present for growth in the consumer market for organic products and the ending of milk quotas.

The Food Sector is a strategic priority both for Government and Meath County Council. One key initiative for the county is the development of the Boyne Valley Food Hub which will seek to accelerate business innovation and research in the region by fostering the establishment of collaborative partnerships between local and national government agencies, academic / research institutions and the companies, large and small, that have ambitions for growth in the ever-expanding global food markets.

Pharmaceutical / Healthcare

This is a well developed sector with a strong multinational presence. The research base has been growing strongly and Ireland is now a world leader in biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials science. Meath has a major Med Tech company, Altech located in the area.

Business Services

Ireland has a strong reputation in shared services. Dublin is ranked 7th in the world for Shared Services. Meath’s favourable location in addition to its skills, infrastructure and cost competitiveness vis-à-vis Dublin, means it is well placed to maximise employment growth including the development of world class data centres such as Facebook.

Manufacturing & Engineering

Meath has strong sectoral presences in manufacturing industries such as cement production and engineering and a relatively large share of this sector in Ireland with practical skills and know-how have developed over many years. Given its traditional strengths in this area Meath is well placed to sustain employment growth in this sector

Transport & Logistics

By virtue of its favourable location and proximity to the country’s main infrastructure, including Dublin Airport and Dublin Port, Meath is a prime location for many companies in this sector. This a large sector employing 90,000 people, and the sector is expected to grow significantly over the next number of years.

Newry, Mourne & Down District Council

Start Up Support

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are keen to empower ambitious entrepreneurs across the District and encourage Pre Start and Start Ups through various programmes to include the Exploring Enterprise Programme; Go For It Programme; and “Yes You Can” Programme. These programmes of support provide information and guidance to individuals seeking to set-up a business in the Newry, Mourne and Down area.

Key Sectors

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area has a diverse and vibrant economy, offering a strong concentration of indigenous and international businesses.

With one of the largest NI Business bases, the Council area currently benefits from the presence of several large, successful, globally competitive businesses, strong cohorts of established, profitable SMEs, as well as a mix of younger firms at an earlier stage of development but with significant growth potential.

The highest performing sectors in terms of turnover are advanced engineering and manufacturing, construction, life and health sciences, agri-food and digital and creative technologies.

The Council area has increasing numbers of SMEs with high growth potential in emerging and growth sectors. New and emerging sectors are less developed but are where significant global market opportunities exist for future development.

Growth Support

With the over-arching aim of providing recovery, response and relaunch support, the NMD Business programmes are designed to stimulate and grow the Newry, Mourne and Down local economy.

Businesses are currently facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the significant economic impact of Covid-19 and Brexit. In response, NMD Business continues to provide key support through a range of free specialist programmes which offer tailored training and advice, in areas such as sales, finance, HR, digital innovation and marketing, and include strategic workshops and virtual networking opportunities.

The NMD Business Growth, Tender for Growth and Digital Growth programmes provide support for enhancing the competitiveness of your business and your ability to enter new markets; tendering support to win new customers and partners; and support to enhance digital processes within your business. The programmes focus on sustainability, growth and employment.

NMD Business Programmes