Quote Ref: WS1
Belfast.png

Thinking of moving to Belfast? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Belfast has to offer.

House Prices 🏠

Property Investment 🏠🏠

Regeneration of the City of Belfast is to see government investment of nearly £400 million over the next 10 years – all aimed at making it a more attractive place in which to invest, work, live and study.

The city has already won global recognition as:

  • The most business-friendly small to medium sized city
  • One of the top ten small to medium sized cities ranked by its economic potential
  • Among the top ten small to medium sized cities scored in terms of its lifestyle attraction and availability of human resources.

Economy ££

Traditionally, Belfast is probably best known for its shipbuilding and linen production, but a recent resurgence in its economic fortunes has seen a revival of investor confidence and regeneration of a diversified economy:

  • The financial services sector currently employs 20,000 and has attracted investment by such heavyweights as the Allstate Corporation, Citi, Liberty Mutual and HBOS
  • A popular location for the hosting of conferences and other events – the Financial Times voted it one of the top ten places in the world in which to host such gatherings
  • Tourism has become an important economic motor, with National Geographic magazine describing the city as “a treasure”.

Location and Transport  🚌

One of the major attractions of the City of Belfast is its “connectivity” with the rest of the world:

  • Belfast has two airports – an international terminal that is just 30 minutes from the centre of the city and the George Best Belfast City Airport serving regional destinations
  • Sea ferries offer direct links to both Scotland and England
  • Translink bus and rail services throughout Northern Ireland.

Education 🎓

Environment 🌷

  • Belfast sits in the valley of the River Lagan, constrained by the Antrim Plateau to the north and the Holywood and Castereagh Hills to the south
  • There are 46 parks (covering 3,000 acres) in the city, 8 of which have been given green flag awards.

Trivia 🎬

Finally, did you know …

  • Hollywood legend Errol Flynn went to school in Belfast – attending the Royal Belfast Academical Institution in 1921
  • One-time president of the state of Israel, Chaim Herzog, was born in Belfast in 1918 – his father was the rabbi at the Annesley Street Synagogue
  • Landmark giant cranes at the iconic Harland and Wolff shipyard are called Samson and Goliath.

Don't want to miss another Hot Spot article? Follow UKinsuranceNET on Facebook and Twitter