Invest NI looks to build on 20-year success

Invest NI is looking to build on 20 years of success after reaching the milestone, having helped create more than 125,000 jobs since its launch.

Since 2022, the organisation has provided 66,000 offers of support to almost 15,000 businesses as well as more than £2.5bn of assistance.

Mel Chittock, Invest NI interim chief executive, said: “Our core role has always been to grow the Northern Ireland economy. This has stayed at the forefront of all we have done in the past 20 years.

“Our team has supported many ambitious, innovative businesses, from SMEs to large-scale organisations, and everything in between. Some companies have even been with us on their business journey since the very beginning, and it has been a joy to see each grow and succeed over the years.”

Since its launch, Invest NI has helped secure almost 300 inward investment projects and increase Northern Ireland’s business exports by more than 46 per cent.

This has led to more than £12.7bn of investment by companies in the local economy.

Chittock added: “We’ve grown as an organisation too. Our physical presence has increased through our regional offices, and we’ve expanded our global reach through our international offices, to effectively promote Northern Ireland to international businesses.”

Rose Mary Stalker, Invest NI board chair, said: “Invest NI’s support has impacted a wide range of sectors. Our teams across our regional and international offices have enabled us to help deliver a stronger, regionally balanced economy, and lasting, real and positive change to people’s lives.

“Of course, we haven’t achieved this on our own. We continually worked in partnership with the 11 local councils, academia and business industry, using a collaborative approach to make Northern Ireland a great place for business.

“At a time of global change, we now have the opportunity to build on our success to date and ensure Northern Ireland’s place as one of the most successful small, balanced, sustainable economies in the world.”

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