Why is Belfast on the rise?

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    Belfast has a young and growing population, a well-educated workforce and competitive wage and productivity levels

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    Belfast is ranked in the top 10 local areas in the UK for productivity with a GVA per head of €44,577

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    Many national and international business brands have relocated to Belfast.

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    Belfast was ranked 4th out of 28 UK cities for attracting FDI.

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    Belfast was ranked 9th out of 39 UK cities for combined economic performance and quality of life in the Good Growth for Cities index from PwC / Demos (2013).



Cathedral Quarter is the cultural and creative heart of Belfast with a lively mix of activities set against some of the city's most characterful streets and buildings. In recent years the area has also become the location of choice for many of Belfast's leading creative and digital media businesses. Cathedral Quarter has enormous potential to attract talent and drive economic growth in Belfast. At a time when cities across the globe are actively creating innovation districts – vibrant spaces in urban walkable neighbourhoods characterised by arts and culture organisations, venues, bars and restaurants, universities, where jobs, housing and amenities intermix – Cathedral Quarter is emerging as Belfast's next big growth opportunity.

  • St Anne's Cathedral

    St Anne's Cathedral Situated around St Anne's Cathedral in the oldest part of the city centre, Cathedral Quarter offers proximity to Belfast's most creative institutions, firms and people, a lively mix of activities, interesting spaces and places to convene and collaborate.

  • The Merchant Hotel

    The Merchant Hotel Cathedral Quarter is home to venues, galleries, festivals and some of Belfast's best restaurants, cafes and hotels, including the 5-star Merchant Hotel.

  • The MAC

    The MAC , Belfast's new city centre arts centre opened in 2012, is the latest in a series of successful public and private investments that have spearheaded regeneration in Cathedral Quarter since it was designated a cultural quarter in 1998.

  • University of Ulster

    University of Ulster The new Belfast Campus, currently under construction, will expand Ulster University's student population from 1,000 to 15,000 by 2018, presenting a major opportunity to develop the skills base available to the city centre.