Salvus House

Salvus House, Durham

Durham’s approach to innovation

Any company which is developing new products, services or business models to meet customer needs is an innovator and Business Durham’s approach to innovation helps companies do just that, to launch successful new products into the marketplace.

Business Durham is the economic development company for County Durham, working on behalf of Durham County Council to deliver the environment for business and economic growth. Innovation is central to what we do - innovative companies tend to survive longer and grow quicker. We recognise this and support innovative businesses by bringing together those who demand new ideas and new solutions with those who can provide them.

We are immensely proud to manage and develop a pioneering science and technology park located here in County Durham, the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, with over 400 people working in dozens of science and technology companies, including global leaders, such as Kromek and PolyPhotonix. NETPark is an exceptional environment, dynamic and supportive, accelerating the growth of ambitious, innovative, high tech companies into global markets. It is a flexible business location, offering hi tech companies a range of options from virtual office, incubation and growth space, land development opportunities, offices, laboratories and clean room facilities, with a talented workforce and a readymade manufacturing supply chain on the doorstep.

It is also home to four national technology centres, all managed by CPI: Printable Electronics, Graphene Applications, Formulations, and Healthcare Photonics, which contain a wealth of equipment and expertise to help companies prototype and scale up products without the need for large capital investment. These centres take the risk out of the product development process by working with SMEs and large companies to help them develop new concepts to market. And we are the only science park in the UK to have two Catapult centres: High Value Manufacturing (thanks to CPI) and Satellite Applications, which we manage directly.

But NETPark is just the tip of the innovation support network in Durham. Our recent acquisition of Salvus House in Aykley Heads means that we can have dedicated incubation space and support in Durham city. And we support companies wherever they are in County Durham: innovation needs global customers, suppliers and partners. We can help companies find them, pointing them in the direction of profitable contracts and new customer opportunities. We help companies go after tangible opportunities to win new contracts or investment, which could be a supply chain opportunity, a bluechip seeking a solution, or an Innovate UK call.

We connect innovators with the right experts to get their products to market faster with research expertise and specialist equipment from five universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside. Our in-depth knowledge of local supply chain capabilities in design, engineering, manufacturing and IT means that we “know a person who can” when it comes to bringing together the various components of an innovative product or service. And we have access to nearly 130,000 innovative companies around the world (via our membership of science and innovation networks such as the International Association of Science Parks).

So if you’re a science and technology company looking for a place which will accelerate your growth, come and talk to us.

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Telephone: 03000 261261