Aspects of Economic Performance

City Centre Vacant Units

Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) undertakes quarterly surveys of the city centre’s vacancy rates. The surveys help City Centre Management and key city stakeholders to keep a current and accurate eye on this aspect of the economic health of the city. The results from these surveys can also influence policy going forward on how to address the vacancy issue. 

Vacant unit “dressing” has been proven to help the businesses that reside in close proximity to vacant premises. Primarily, the aesthetic nature of the vacant units is removed, helping to give life back to the area.

Belfast City Centre Management is actively engaged in tackling this problem and dressing the vacant units within the city centre.

Download the latest Vacant Units Report

For more information, contact: Eimear McCracken 
Tel: 028 9024 2111 / E-Mail:

Retail Steering Group

The Retail Steering Group meets once a month and comprises key retailers within Belfast’s retail core, the group is chaired by Michelle Greeves (Manager, Victoria Square) the primary objectives for the group are to:

1. Identify strategic issues affecting city centre retailing
2. Recommending projects and actions to the Economic Performance Action Group
3. Secure private sector funding for projects and actions

The Retail Steering Group delivers this by:
• Delivering monthly meetings
• Obtaining qualitive research on retail performance
• Producing quarterly sales and footfall trackers
• Making recommendations to the Economic Performance Action Group
• Identify initiatives and attempt to secure funding

Download the latest Quarterly Sales Tracker from our publications section.

For more information, contact: Geraldine Duggan Tel: 028 9024 2111 / E-Mail:

Evening Economy

The importance of Belfast’s early evening economy was highlighted by Belfast City Council’s Development Department. The Evening Economy project was formed to develop an attractive and marketable city centre product which will be of a high quality, distinctive and include places to shop, eat and drink, a programme of arts and culture activities and a diverse range of activities including “Behind the Scenes” tours of city centre venues.
Our Evening Economy initiative is all about ensuring that our citizens and visitors from around the world can enjoy our vibrant and dynamic city after 5pm.

We want to ensure that the city has a range of services and attractions that appeal to both young people and old.

Tourist Destination

Belfast is a growing tourist destination; visitors inject much needed revenue for Belfast and benefiting the entire Northern Ireland economy.

Main Aims of the Campaign

The main aims of the Evening Economy More Time campaign are to:
• increase trade in shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and private businesses
• drive and increase footfall in Belfast City Centre between 5pm and 8pm
• increase the attractiveness and vibrancy of the city centre
• create a pleasurable city centre experience for visitors and locals
• ensure that Belfast continues to develop into a vibrant cosmopolitan European city.

Belfast City Ezine

Be kept up to date on what is happening in Belfast city centre by subscribing to the Belfast City Ezine. This special ezine is sent out two times per month by the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau. It tells you about special offers, new products, events and tours.

To subscribe, email your details, including name and email address, to:

For more Information Contact:

Tourism, Culture and Arts Development Unit
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linen Hall Street
Telephone: 028 9050 0546