Belfast Region City Deal
The BRCD partners comprises Belfast City Council, five partner councils, two universities and four of the region’s further education colleges (Southern Regional College, Belfast Met, Northern Regional College and South Eastern Regional College).
The Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD), signed in December 2021, represents a new way of working between central and local government and regional partners and secures a bespoke package of investment from central government and the BRCD partners of more than £850 million to support the delivery of our shared vision.
“Inclusive economic growth that delivers more and better jobs, a positive impact on the most deprived communities and a balanced spread of benefits across the region."
Investment and Economic Growth
The BRCD partners have worked with the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to secure the deal, with each government partner committing to invest £350m over the lifetime of the deal.
The substantial financial commitment, which will be further supplemented by the private sector, will generate up to 20,000 jobs as it is delivered over the next 10-15 years - an exciting, once in a generation opportunity to accelerate economic growth for the region in an inclusive and sustainable way.
This deal will strengthen the region’s offer in growth sectors such as life and health sciences, the digital and creative industries, and advanced manufacturing. It will support next generation digital capabilities, boost tourism and support the regeneration of our region, underpinned by infrastructure developments and investment in skills to connect people to jobs and services.
Southern Regional College is proud to be part of the Belfast Region City Deal and is looking forward to working collaboratively with the BRCD partners to develop the pipeline of skills required to respond to the employment opportunities created through this deal.
More information can be found at Belfast Region City Deal.
Significant progress being made on Belfast Region City Deal projects
Fifteen Belfast Region City Deal Outline Business Cases are now approved, with eight Contracts for Funding signed, for projects with a value of more than £430 million. Momentum is really building as BRCD moves into the delivery phase. The programme of investment is all about creating inclusive opportunities for people living in NI and the economy.