Belfast Telegraph

Regional financial hubs such as Belfast 'help boost UK as global leader in sector'

By John Mulgrew

Growing financial hubs such as Belfast help boost the attractiveness of the UK as a global centre in the industry, it has been claimed.

Research from TheCityUK shows that more than two-thirds of people questioned here say the financial and professional services sector - which includes banking and law - is "important" to the economy.

Miles Celic of TheCityUK, said: "There is often a misconception that the majority of financial and related professional services jobs are located in London.

"That is far from the truth, with most of these so-called 'City jobs' spread right across the country. These jobs tend to be the high-value, high-productivity roles needed to drive regional prosperity.

"Fostering strong domestic and specialist financial centres like those in Northern Ireland goes on to boost the attractiveness of the UK as a global financial centre. Maintaining this ecosystem is critical to ensuring the UK remains a world-leading place to do business."

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