Invest in Northumberland

Invest in Northumberland

Northumberland is an outstanding business location, with great UK and international businesses that have chosen to make Northumberland their home.

Boosted by its skilled, flexible and hard-working people, and the region’s world-class research base. Northumberland offers a wide range of business premises and sites for investment and its excellent transport and communications links make it a fantastic place to live and work.

Northumberland is home to key industries including healthcare, advanced engineering, subsea, oil and gas, renewables, manufacturing and food and drink. Investment continues to flow into Northumberland with AkzoNobel’s state of the art £100m paint manufacturing facility in Ashington.

Key sectors include:

Energy: Oil & Gas and Renewables
Our engineering skills, proximity to North Sea energy resources, port infrastructure and easy road access have made Northumberland a natural home for the UK’s offshore energy industry. The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is located in Blyth, giving Northumberland a pivotal role in offshore renewables. Industry-leading companies include EDF Energy Renewables, PII Pipeline Solutions, North Sea Link, Techflow Flexibles, Royal IHC, Deepocaen and Global Marine Group.

Healthcare and Life Sciences
Northumberland is home to an impressive array of pharmaceutical businesses, and it has a growing presence in biotechnology. Leading companies include Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Piramal Healthcare and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), Arcinova and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Advanced Manufacturing
The UK is a world leader in advanced engineering, and it is at the heart of the Northumberland economy. Capabilities range from mechanical engineering, through advanced composite materials to pipeline technology, as well as unique niche products. Leading engineering and manufacturing firms based in Northumberland include Draeger, AAF, Tharsus group and Aavid Thermacore Europe.

Strategic Sites
Its strategic sites offer a tremendous choice of locations for businesses, including serviced sites, advanced industrial factories and offices. Offering urban sites or idyllic rural locations, it can accommodate everyone, from start-ups and microbusinesses to major multinational companies.

Northumberland provides an impressive portfolio of strategic sites with Enterprise Zone (EZ) status such as Energy Central sites at the Port of Blyth, Ashwood Business Park and Ramparts Business Park. EZ sites offer simplified planning regimes and tax benefits, enjoying the benefits of excellent road connections and access to Port facilities. They are suitable for a wide range of manufacturing and service sector uses.

Arch Commercial Premises
There are a number of modern business parks, business incubators and serviced enterprise centres in Northumberland. Arch Workspace provides high quality, professional business space in Northumberland and County Durham.

Support Programmes
Businesses located or investing in Northumberland can benefit from a range of business support programmes including Business Northumberland, the delivery of the North East Rural Growth Network which includes access to a number of grants and incentives such as the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund and the Rural Business Growth Fund.

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