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A view from North East Businesses


The North East England Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with some of the North East’s leading businesses to produce a major report with recommendations to support innovation and to help businesses maximise networking and innovation potential. With help from partners – Teesside University, Bond Dickinson, BT, Gateshead College and Virgin Money – The Chamber has launched “Connecting for innovation: A view from North East business”.

Download the full report here - Connecting for Innovation: A view from North East Business

As well as some interesting case studies showing someof the best examples of innovation in the North East, below you can also find a series of links to bodies backing innovation in the region.

Our Partners

Teesside University

Bond Dickinson


Gateshead College

Virgin Money

Local Enterprise Partnerships and Growth Hubs

Tees Valley Business Compass - Business Growth Hub for Tees Valley, offering access to advice, information and funding streams

North East LEP innovation page - Sets out priorities for open innovation and smart specialisation, with pages on leadership, networks and university strengths

North East Growth Hub - Business Growth Hub for North East LEP area, offering access to information, knowledge, advice and peer-to-peer support


Durham University

Newcastle University

Northumbria University

Sunderland University

Teesside University

Catapult centres

Centre for Process Innovation - Part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, providing assets and expertise to support process innovation

Satellite Applications Centre - Centre for excellence at NETPark, provides access for companies to the space sector through events, expertise and business development tools

Digital Catapult - One of three national centres at Sunderland Software City, works with business, education and the public sector to unlock value from data

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult - Base at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth


KPMG resources:

R&D Tax Credits

Innovation reliefs and incentives

Intellectual Property

High Growth Technology Group

Business locations

DigitalCity Business - Location for digital businesses in Tees Valley, with support on start-up, expansion and investment

NETPark - Supportive location to accelerate the growth of science and technology companies

North East BIC - Innovation programme, office accommodation and business support for innovative SMEs and start-ups

Sunderland Software City - Support and advice to software businesses


NHS Innovations North - Champions healthcare innovation and supports innovation within the NHS

Academic Health and Science Network - Facilitates collaboration including between NHS, universities and companies


Venturefest North East - Brings together businesses, investors and advisers for an annual conference on innovation in the North East


Innovation North East - News, events and resources on innovation in the region

National bodies

Innovate UK - Funds, supports and connects innovative businesses to accelerate growth


Business & IP CentreAdvice on skills, research and intellectual property