Amplify Mid and East Antrim

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Mid and East Antrim is an ambitious, forward-thinking and well-connected region primed for economic growth and international investment.

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Our Borough forms part of the wider metropolitan area of Belfast, benefiting from close proximity to the main two airports; Belfast Port and our own Port of Larne.

Situated in a strategic coastal location, encompassing routes from Cork through Dublin and Belfast to Cairnryan, we have developed strong linkages with South-west Scotland and the Trans-European Networks.

Mid and East Antrim is the backdrop of television epic “Game of Thrones”, home to exceptional talent, significant retail centres, complemented by rich tourism, and renowned as the traditional heartland of manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

Stretching from the coastal areas of Larne and Carrickfergus inland to Ballymena, we accommodate several of NI’s largest manufacturing firms alongside global companies; Caterpillar, Ryobi and IPC Mouldings to name a few.

With a compelling investment proposition and tailored packages of support, Mid and East Antrim is an attractive location to succeed.

With some of the most enviable assets in terms of companies, people and physical resources we can offer a number of large scale investment opportunities.

Talk to us to find out more about investing in the Borough and share in our ambitious growth plans. 

Why Mid and East Antrim?

  • Excellent road infrastructure
  • Int. Airport - 20mins / City Airport - 30mins
  • Hope to Port of Larne with 20 daily sailings to Scotland
  • Excellent rail network
  • Smart District capability
  • Ultrafast broadband provisions. Up to 516mbs available
  • Business Support - 16 growth programmes
  • R&D with colleges and universities
  • Industry engagement - 65 companies in the Manufacturing Task Force
  • Advanced manufacturing heartland
  • £1bn investment from Heathrow Hub
  • £80m investment from Belfast City Deal
  • Michelin Development Fund for FDI companies
  • £1m business workspace fund
  • Planning Policy - No.1 in Northern Ireland
  • Affordability - lowest operating cost in the UK. £499 average weekly wage
  • Double NI Productivity per employee
  • Exceptional education provision - St Louis Grammar School No. 1 for A-level results
  • Young working-age population, 41 average age of population

Mid and East Antrim unique projects and collaborations 

Manufacturing Task Force

Industry-led collaboration initiative aimed at ensuring that Mid and East Antrim is the home of world-class advanced manufacturing and innovation firms.

A Northern Ireland wide portal which aims to increase the nimbleness and responsiveness of procurement through the identification of potential local suppliers.

Belfast Region City Deal

The Belfast Region City Deal comprises collaboration of six councils.

This co-investment includes a number of projects in the Mid and East Antrim area to deliver a step-change in the region's economic fortunes and help achieve our vision of inclusive growth.