The region is leading the way in providing a wide range of international financial services solutions including fund administration, investment operations, regulatory compliance and risk management, in support of the global capital markets, asset management and banking industries.
Northern Ireland has exceptionally strong credentials in financial services technology and is a European leader in sophisticated software development for major financial institutions worldwide.
A host of global financial services institutions have established operations of scale in Northern Ireland including Allstate, Citi, CME Group, FinTrU, IQ-EQ and TP ICAP.
A dynamic cluster of home-grown companies such as AquaQ Analytics, FD Technologies, Datactics and FSCOM thrive in a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem in which collaboration and innovation is encouraged and supported by the government.
The professional services cluster in Northern Ireland includes companies that have reached significant scale, having developed large multi-disciplinary teams.
The “Big 4” accountancy houses have all located their UK delivery centres in Belfast, providing client-facing services. Both Deloitte and PwC’s Belfast centres are their largest centres in the UK outside of London.
The Northern Ireland cluster also includes global companies such as BDO, Grant Thornton and PA Consulting.
Northern Ireland’s legal sector is vibrant, internationally focused and has grown significantly over the last ten years.
Within the last decade, we’ve welcomed globally recognised law firms including Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills and Factor.
Sharing a regulatory framework and company law regime with England and Wales, Northern Ireland is a proven location of choice for international legal services.
Global Business Services
Northern Ireland has a vibrant business services sector.
Globally renowned as a low risk, cost-competitive location, Northern Ireland offers a high quality, skilled workforce with proven experience in delivering services to UK, European and US clients.
The region is home to a mix of captive, outsourced and shared services centres, that cover a wide range of activities including human resources, finance, auditing, supply chain management, customer support, marketing, consultancy and legal services. Government and academia work closely with industry partners to ensure that current and future skills needs are met.
The Business, Financial & Professional Related Services Sector is supported by our Ambassador Circle Advisory Panel.