Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland has long dealt with problematic situations. Belfast has had little prosperity from the sinking of its RMS Titanic in 1912, to being considered on of the world’s most dangerous cities during The Troubles (1969-1997). Recently, Belfast has reestablished itself as a global city. This time, however, for positive reasons. Belfast has had the fastest growing economy over the last decade among large cities in the UK. Along with this increased wealth, Belfast has also transformed into what many believe is the UK’s safest city. As the city’s several coworking spaces would indicate, a tech startup scene is also emerging in Belfast.
In fact, many technology experts are even beginning to call Belfast an underrated IT and tech hub. The city has two main accelerators — Start Planet NI and Entrepreneurial Spark (ES) Belfast. Both provide equity investment, support, and mentorship. The entrepreneurial and tech scene is also active with the Belfast Startups Hub group on Meetup having achieved nearly 500 members.
As an educational and commercial hub of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a great place to hire talented and driven local professionals. You’ll have no difficulties hiring local talent, or attracting new hires to the city. Belfast if also a great option if you’re a young professional yourself because the city offers excellent social opportunities, a relatively low cost of living, and the benefit of being well connected to the rest of the UK.
With its significant foreign investment and presence of foreign investors, Belfast is a great city with authentic culture, but enough of a cosmopolitan vibe to feel dynamic. The elegantly restored Victorian architecture make the city a beautiful place to live as well. Coworking members in Belfast will enjoy a reasonable cost of living, abundant social opportunities, and a rapidly developing economy.
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