YEP Belfast

YEP Belfast is due to launch in 2020. The committee for this region represents a cross-section of specialist organisations with links to the Belfast property industry. Wherever we are, the YEP mantra is the same, to be the ‘voice of future leaders in property’, and YEP Belfast will represent everything that is great about Belfast.

Since 1994, Belfast has experienced a period of sustained economic growth and large-scale redevelopment of the city centre. Developments include Victoria Square, the Cathedral Quarter, and the Laganside with the Odyssey complex and the landmark Waterfront Hall.

Other major developments include the regeneration of the Titanic Quarter, and the erection of the Obel Tower, a skyscraper set to be the tallest tower on the island. Today, Belfast is Northern Ireland’s educational and commercial hub. In February 2006, Belfast’s unemployment rate stood at 4.2%, lower than both the Northern Ireland and the UK average of 5.5%. Over the past 10 years employment has grown by 16.4 per cent, compared with 9.2 per cent for the UK as a whole.

Northern Ireland’s peace dividend has led to soaring property prices in the city. In 2007, Belfast saw house prices grow by 50%, the fastest rate of growth in the UK. In March 2007, the average house in Belfast cost £91,819, with the average in south Belfast being £141,000. In 2004, Belfast had the lowest owner occupation rate in Northern Ireland at 54%.

We look forward to establishing a chapter of YEP in Northern Ireland. If you are interested in knowing more about this Chapter, or opportunities of being involved as a partner, sponsor or committee member please email mail@yepbelfast.com