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A Northern Irish Welcome

These hubs of expertise are a major pull for both talent and investment, feeding innovation, discovery and growth. There are many great examples. One of the UK’s most significant clusters of cyber security businesses has formed around CSIT, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Cybersecurity at Queen’s University, for instance, with representation from Allstate, Citi and IBM. For this very reason, Belfast has become the number one international location for US cyber security development projects in recent years.

Industry giants are also part of the mix, including Big Four accounting firm, PwC, which recently announced £40million investment to create an Advanced Research and Engineering centre at its fastest-growing division, Operate, which is based in Belfast. 

PwC’s new centre will create almost 800 jobs and aims to enhance PwC’s capabilities in important research areas such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence.

“It’s a huge statement of confidence from PwC UK’s Executive Board in both the Operate business and our local talent. The strength of our people has already enabled us to turn Operate into PwC’s fastest-growing division and I’m very proud that this gives us the opportunity to create hundreds more highly skilled jobs in Northern Ireland.”

Ian McConnell, Partner lead for PwC, Operate

As you can see, Northern Ireland has a lot to offer as a place to live, work and do business. These hubs of expertise are a major pull for both talent and investment, fuelling a diverse, future-looking economy.

We’re excited about opportunities our changing world will bring and we’re eager to support like-minded businesses with their sights set on growth.

We look forward to welcoming you to NI.

Invest Northern Ireland is the region’s business development organisation. Its role is to grow the local economy by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.

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