County Londonderry has a dynamic business environment with various links to the UK, USA and Europe. It attracts a growing number of local businesses and foreign direct investments.
The city of Londonderry is the second largest urban centre in Northern Ireland and has a large and skilled workforce. In 2011 the number of VAT-registered businesses in the County were as follows:
- 2,545 in Magherafelt
- 2,670 in Derry City
- 2,175 in Coleraine
- 1,320 in Limavady
The NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) provide statistics on Northern Ireland businesses.
Though it was historically known for its textiles, the County has a growing IT sector. Derry is now home to a cluster of high technology businesses, and the hub of a technology corridor from Coleraine to Letterkenny in County Donegal. Bio-science centred on the University of Ulster campus in Coleraine is another regional growth sector.
Finding out more
If you want to expand into the area, you should get local advice. There are several local enterprise centres and business start-up programmes across the county. Enterprise Northern Ireland provides a breakdown of all NI enterprise agencies.
County Derry~Londonderry is divided into three cross-country councils: Causeway Coast and Glens, Derry City and Strabane and Mid-Ulster District.
Invest NI have created council area profiles for each NI council, this includes information and statistics on entrepreneurship, registered businesses and businesses by sector and size: