Innovation Factory

Forthriver Business Park

385 Springfield Road
BT12 7DG


Innovation Factory (IF) is an innovative business hub for start-up and expanding businesses offering contemporary business space solutions, meeting room facilities and specialist business support.

Built on the former Mackies site, Innovation Factory provides an excellent balance of private and flexible business space. Pool resources, share ideas and work within a like-minded community where entrepreneurs can innovate and grow. Innovation Factory is perfectly located 10 minutes from Belfast City Centre, with close proximity to airports and within easy reach of major motorways.

Flexible business space

Flexibility and choice are key to the success of the Innovation Factory, and so the workspace agreements are based on monthly payments and can be cancelled with as little as one month’s notice.

Innovation Factory has over 34,000 sq ft of office space, providing a range of office sizes suitable for 1-10 people, in a supportive and nurturing setting.

Businesses at Innovation Factory can benefit from the following:

• On-site staff services and facilities management

• Shared or dedicated office space 

• Receptionist service

• On-site conference and meeting facilities

• Licence agreement with as little as one month’s notice period

• Access to superfast internet and telephony connections

• Free on-site parking

• 24/7 office access and on-site security for peace of mind

• Virtual office packages

• Licence fee charges for the office space include all the following:

• Service charges

• Heating, water, and electricity

• Site management

• Reception services

• Buildings insurance and maintenance

Dedicated Desks

There is a range of both private and shared office space at Innovation Factory.

Both options provide a prestigious office address, access to the centre’s facilities including the business lounge, and expert business support at no additional cost.

Business Lounge

Our business lounge is an open plan co-working area, providing not only access to free WiFi but also space in all communal areas and time away from your office to collaborate and network with other people.

Hot Desks

Hot desks are ideal for people who are always on the go and want a collaborative shared space. They are available to hire at a daily rate, providing access to a desk and fast internet connection.

In addition to these practical facilities there is access to a wide range of other services, including business support and networking opportunities.

Virtual Offices

Innovation Factory offers virtual office packages for companies not yet ready for physical space – virtual membership provides a prestigious mailing address and a local telephone number with additional professional services.

Meeting and Conference Facilities

Innovation Factory has a range of small and large meeting rooms to suit any assembly, ranging from 2 to 70 people.

The rooms are fully equipped with presentation equipment, free WiFi and ample parking. Break-out space and catering facilities are available on request, and only 10 minutes from Belfast City Centre.

Business Support

Innovation Factory provides customers with access to an on-site Innovation Director to provide specialist support to help businesses remain ahead of their competitors and to foster and facilitate growth.

Innovation Factory is a critical part of the local supply chain, with access to the business community, partnerships with schools and higher education, employers and employment associations.

Oxford Innovation

Innovation Factory is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading Business and Innovation Centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, Oxford Innovation provides flexible office, laboratory, workshop and studio space to over 900 start-up and growing companies throughout a UK-wide network of Business and Innovation Centres

For a full listing of Oxford Innovation’s Centres, please visit the website at

Oxford Innovation also runs a range of business support programmes across the UK and three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs. 


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