County Antrim business support

County Antrim business life and workforce


With the majority of Northern Ireland's population on its doorstep, County Antrim is a fast developing market for businesses. As Northern Ireland's main international transit point County Antrim has growing business ties across the world. County Antrim boasts the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, the Giant's Causeway.

Invest NI has created council profiles for Northern Ireland - this includes information and statistics on entrepreneurship, registered businesses and businesses by sector and size. Profiles for councils in County Antrim include:

Along with areas of natural beauty such as the Glens of Antrim, the North Coast and Lough Neagh, County Antrim is already an established world tourism destination.

County Antrim businesses and supply chains

County Antrim has a number of key business supply chains servicing established international companies such as Bushmills Whiskey, Diageo and Wrightbus. Tourism is a rapidly developing sector, with investment in the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre making a positive contribution to the County Antrim economy.

Major international businesses which have invested in County Antrim are Fujitsu, Schrader Electronics, Randox Laboratories, and Caterpillar. The impressive business and tourism potential of County Antrim is supported by Belfast International Airport located in the heart of the county, and the ferry port at Larne servicing direct and high speed links to the United Kingdom mainland.

County Antrim business sectors

The major sectors providing supply chain opportunities in Antrim are agriculture and support services, food and drink, construction, retail and professional business services.

County Antrim workforce and population

County Antrim is home to over 435,000 people, rising to over 700,000 people when nearby Belfast is included. Potential workforce is increased due to strong transport links by train and motorway into Counties Londonderry, Armagh and Tyrone.

Northern Ireland is recognised for world class education outcomes, leading to a highly educated and skilled workforce. The Northern Regional College has locations in Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Newtownabbey and Larne, and works closely with local employers. The Northern Regional College runs tailored training and development programmes and partners with local businesses to provide knowledge transfer and innovation support. Find out more about the range of courses available with the Northern Regional College.