Department for the Economy

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Our responsibilities

Economic policy

Economic strategy, regulation, innovation, enterprise policy, social economy, access to finance, agri-food, Economic Advisory Group and MATRIX

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Employment and skills programmes (including apprenticeships)

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

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Energy

Policy and strategy on energy including electricity, gas, renewables and energy efficiency.

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Further education

Advice on all aspects of further education including policy, courses, how to apply and financial support available

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Higher education

Information and advice on higher education including policy and strategy, finance governance, student finance and research policy.

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Employment rights

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.

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Consumer affairs

Working with both consumers and traders to develop consumer rights and responsibilities

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European Fund Management

The Department is the Managing Authority for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme and the Investment for Growth & 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.

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Telecoms

Supporting investment in telecommunications infrastructure, facilitating improvements in broadband, mobile and international connectivity

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Tourism

Developing tourism strategy and policy in Northern Ireland.

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Insolvency service

Administration/investigation of bankrupts and companies in liquidation; disqualification of directors; regulating insolvency profession; NI-specific legislation and policy  

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Minerals and petroleum

Prospecting/development licensing; exploration leases; monitoring abandoned mines; geoscience information and services through Geological Survey NI

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Credit Unions and Societies

Societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (NI) 1969 and the Credit Unions (NI) Order 1985

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Statistics and economic research

Business, economic, labour market and tourism statistics to monitor the performance of the Northern Ireland economy, labour market and tourism sector

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Our documents

Consultations

SIP 15 Consultation

Closing date: 12 September 2016

Publications

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Economy including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.


The Minister

Simon Hamilton MLA was appointed as Minister for the Economy on 25 May 2016.

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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

Contact us

Department for the Economy
Netherleigh
Massey Avenue
Belfast
BT4 2JP

 

Telephone: 028 9052 9900

Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9900

Email: DFEMail@economy-ni.gov.uk

 

Alternatively contact us using our feedback form.

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