Overview of Northern Ireland business

Directories and local media in Northern Ireland

It is important to find out as much as you can about the market in your chosen area. You can search local business directories and media for information on competitors and suppliers. You may also find out about potential customers.

Researching your market
Invest Northern Ireland (NI) offers advice and support to local businesses for market research. Find out more about marketing and sales support on the Invest NI website.

You can also try visiting your local library or carrying out online searches. Find your local library on the Northern Ireland Libraries website.

Business directories
The Business Information Centre at Invest Northern Ireland has access to a number of worldwide company directories and can also help with market research. Use our company database which has a directory listing of over 40,000 Northern Ireland businesses. You can search for potential customers on our company database.

Talk to trade associations in your sector to see if they have a directory of members.

Media and promotion
Promoting your business is essential. Business directories and local media are an excellent way to promote your business in the region. They are also a great source of information about potential customers, suppliers and competitors.

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NICC) have a searchable directory of members. You can search the NICC Members' Directory on the NICC website.

You should consider using the media for research and promoting your business. Major newspapers in Northern Ireland are:

  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Irish News
  • News Letter

The Belfast Telegraph, News Letter and Irish News also have online resources.

The main business magazines are:

  • Ulster Business
  • Business Eye
  • Business Month

The main Northern Ireland broadcast media include:

  • UTV
  • BBC Northern Ireland
  • UTV Radio
  • Cool FM
  • Downtown Radio
  • City Beat
  • 2FM
  • Today FM
  • U105

You should also look into the local media in your area. Find a list of Northern Ireland newspapers, magazines and broadcast media on the ABYZ Newslink website.