County Antrim has a range of rural and urban business sectors, mixing traditional local strengths with innovative new business ideas. Local companies and the nearby market of Belfast provide County Antrim businesses with good networking opportunities and quality supply chains. With strong local business support, these provide a good base for growing your business in County Antrim.
Business growth in County Antrim and exporting
Organisations like Invest Northern Ireland (NI), local councils and local enterprise agencies can help your business to take the rights steps for growth in County Antrim.
Invest NI helps small and medium-sized County Antrim businesses overcome barriers and lack of support preventing successful business growth. Support can include skills development, business and marketing strategy help to financial assistance.
Local councils in County Antrim run business development programmes to support growing companies. They also purchase goods and services through public sector tendering, a good opportunity for County Antrim businesses. To find out how local councils can help your business, see open a business in County Antrim.
County Antrim businesses can access knowledge from Universities and Further Education Colleges, supply chains from organisations such as the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, or compliance advice from the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service. For more information see business support in Northern Ireland.
Search our Northern Ireland business support finder for business grants, loans, expertise and advice that your business may be eligible to apply for.
County Antrim business networking
Enterprise Northern Ireland has a network of seven local enterprise agencies in County Antrim. They provide business improvement programmes, County Antrim networking events and support business growth - find your nearest local enterprise agency in County Antrim.
As well as the networking opportunities available from joining the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, local chambers across County Antrim can help give a voice to your business on local lobbying issues. The local chamber is:
You can find out more information about Northern Ireland-wide networks in get involved in Northern Ireland business networks.
nibusinessinfo.co.uk has resources to help you find local businesses and contacts. Find customers or suppliers in our directory of over 85,000 Northern Ireland businesses.
Promote your business in County Antrim
Attracting new customers is a fundamental step to successful business growth in County Antrim. Northern Ireland's main daily newspapers are the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Newsletter. There are also a number of County Antrim-based local newspapers and commercial radio stations. Find a list of County Antrim newspapers, magazines and broadcast media on the ABYZ Newslink website.