Entrepreneurship is a key policy focus for the Department for the Economy and a longstanding challenge for Northern Ireland.The department’s 10x Economic Vision sets out our ambition for entrepreneurship, which is to become an economy known for our enterprising culture, to drive up the rate of new business start-ups and create an environment that actively fosters and supports entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality.

Entrepreneurship context paper

The department published an Entrepreneurship Context Paper on 12 November 2018 which sets out the strategic context here in Northern Ireland. 

The context paper sets out an ambition for Northern Ireland to be a dynamic and enterprising region, supporting innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship at its core, with a culture of new business development, higher start-up activity and more businesses realising high growth potential. 

Following the launch of the department’s 10x Economy – An Economic Vision for a Decade of Innovation, work is underway with a range of stakeholders to develop future entrepreneurship policy ensuring it aligns with the 10x vision.

Other sources of support

My New Business website

The official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland is nibusinessinfo.co.uk which has launched a website to provide help for start-ups called “My New Business”:

Go Succeed

Go Succeed is a new support service from Northern Ireland’s 11 councils that can help you to start, grow or scale a business in partnership with the UK government through the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

Entrepreneurship research and reports

The department draws upon a range of evidence when formulating policy in this area, including the series of GEM reports. The latest report is available:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK: NI Report 2022/23 - the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is an international project which seeks to provide information on the entrepreneurial landscape of 49 countries in 2022. 
  • Northern Ireland Business Demography Statistics 2021 - Northern Ireland Business demography statistics are taken as changes in registrations over the calendar year. New business registrations are referred to as births and business de-registrations are referred to as deaths. This report covers business births and deaths on a regional and sub regional level.
  • Inter Departmental Business Register - NISRA website - The Inter Departmental Business Register covers regional, sub regional and sectoral business births and deaths, survival rates, high growth and employer demography.

Related to Entrepreneurship

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.

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