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An unbeatable combination of world-class talent, highly competitive operating costs and research excellence in a low-risk, pro-business environment, has fuelled the growth of Northern Ireland’s financial services sector.

Deep expertise in trading and payments technologies, regtech, analytics and cyber security together with pioneering activity in disruptive technologies such as blockchain and AI, underpins the region’s global reputation. In addition, Belfast has been ranked as the world’s number one destination for financial technology investment projects, the top city in Europe for new software development projects and the number one international location for US cyber security development projects.

Northern Ireland is also leading the way in providing a wide range of solutions including fund administration, investment operations, regulatory compliance and risk management in support of the global capital markets, asset management and banking industries.

A host of global financial services institutions including Citi, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Visa, Vela and TP ICAP, and a dynamic cluster of home-grown entrepreneurs such as First Derivatives, Datactics and FS COM thrive in a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem in which collaboration and innovation is actively encouraged and supported by government.

Northern Ireland’s two prestigious universities are producing highly skilled graduates with a depth of skills. In addition, a range of tailored and flexible government-funded support measures are in place to ensure that companies can access and develop the skills.

Invest Northern Ireland, the region’s economic development agency, works in partnership with investors to offer advice and financial assistance to support business establishment, growth, capability development and international competitiveness.

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