Guide

County Antrim business support

Open a business in County Antrim

County Antrim has a wide range of market places for business start-ups or existing businesses looking to relocate. The county reaches from the Belfast Metropolitan area in the South through traditional market town in the midlands to the emerging tourism hub of the North West.

Start a business in County Antrim

Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.

Locate your business in County Antrim

County Antrim is the second largest county in Northern Ireland and has a diverse range of business environments. Antrim businesses can find quality industrial workspace in urban locations close to innovative supply chains, to rural areas diversifying into new sectors such as the growing Antrim tourism market.

County Antrim is central to Northern Ireland's transport networks, with an international airport beside Antrim town, a growing port in Larne and strong rail and motorway links to the whole island.

If you are interested in doing business in County Antrim see search for commercial property or find out about the services offered by the Invest Northern Ireland (NI) Property Solutions Unit.

Inward investments in County Antrim include companies such as Fujitsu, Schrader Electronics, Randox Laboratories and Caterpillar. If your business is interested in making an inward investment in County Antrim, and does not currently operate in Northern Ireland - Invest NI provide guidance on the main reasons to invest in Northern Ireland.

County Antrim business licences

Businesses in County Antrim may require licences to operate or have to comply with certain regulations. You can contact your local council for more information on their licensing regimes, or for licences and regulations applicable in your area of County Antrim. Find regulations, licences, standards and trade bodies for your business.

Practical issues for County Antrim businesses

You may require professional advice when setting up a business in County Antrim. See how to choose a solicitor for your business or choose and work with an accountant.

Local councils in County Antrim are responsible for setting part of the local business rates. You can find out how much your business should expect to pay by reading estimate your rate bill.