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First NI enterprise zone launched

Words: Roger Milne
Colraine Campus/ William Murphy

Northern Ireland's first enterprise zone, Atlantic Link Campus, has been launched near Ulster University’s Coleraine campus.

The 16-hectare site has direct links to Project Kelvin, which offers a data transfer route between the UK and North America. The enterprise zone is designed for digital companies that want to launch, relocate and expand their businesses.

The initiative offers enhanced capital allowances, superfast broadband and simplified planning as it is already zoned for industrial/commercial activity.

The campus is located in the so-called north coast Triangle comprising the three towns of Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart.

The US tech firm 5Nines will be the anchor tenant for the enterprise zone.

Joan Baird, the mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, said: “We are proud to be the home of Northern Ireland’s first enterprise zone, and we look forward to promoting the potential of this project as a prime location for foreign direct investment.

"As a council, we are committed to improving local economic prosperity, and the Atlantic Link Campus will now be pivotal to this.”

Image credit | William Murphy