Department for the Economy
Economic strategy, regulation, innovation, enterprise policy, social economy, access to finance, agri-food, Economic Advisory Group and MATRIX… more
Advice for jobseekers and employers on employment and recruitment programmes that aim to deliver a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland economy… more
Policy and strategy on energy including electricity, gas, renewables and energy efficiency.… more
Advice on all aspects of further education including policy, courses, how to apply and financial support available.… more
Information and advice on higher education including policy and strategy, finance governance, student finance and research policy.… more
Free and confidential help with employment rights is available from Labour Relations Agency for employers and employees. The Department provides online guidance on employment rights on nidirect for employees and nibusinessinfo.co.uk for employers.… more
Working with both consumers and traders to develop consumer rights and responsibilities… more
The Department is the Managing Authority for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme and the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme (ERDF).Advice on all aspects of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme, including how to apply, ESF guidance and support for successful projects.… more
Supporting investment in telecommunications infrastructure, facilitating improvements in broadband, mobile and international connectivity… more
Administration/investigation of bankrupts and companies in liquidation; disqualification of directors; regulating insolvency profession; Northern Ireland-specific legislation and policy.… more
Responsibilities include: prospecting/development licensing; exploration leases; monitoring abandoned mines; engagement with local councils on Local Development Plans; geoscience information and services through Geological Survey NI.… more
This page is for societies registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Acts (Northern Ireland) 1969 and 1976 and the Credit Unions (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. The Department for the Economy is responsible for the policy and legislative framework.… more
Management and structure
The Departmental Board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary and manages the Department within the strategic policy and resources framework set by the Minister. It supports the Permanent Secretary ...more
Telephone: 028 9052 9900
Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9900
The Department for the Economy offices at Netherleigh, Adelaide House, Killymeal House and Newtownbreda are open on a daily basis, with Covid-19 control measures in place for visitors. However, if wishing to attend our offices for any reason, visitors should contact relevant officials in advance so that necessary arrangements can be put in place to receive the visitor.
Please note: individual work areas may be located on multiple sites other than Netherleigh - check contact pages for details.
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Section 8 of The Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act NI 2021 places certain duties upon Ministers, special advisers and officials within departments in relation to recording lobbying (as defined by the Act). Contacting the Minister directly (either verbally or through written correspondence to a non-Departmental email or social media account) may result in a record of the contact being included within the Economy Minister’s lobbying register.