NETPark – The North East Technology Park
NETPark (the North East Technology Park) provides a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious, innovative, high tech companies into global markets. NETPark encourages collaborative multidisciplinary links, driving innovation, enterprise and economic prosperity.
We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where alent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.
Our science and technology park brings together world-class research on one site:
• A world leading facility for the development and commercialisation of printable electronics is located at NETPark.
• World-class research skills in advanced instrumentation and adaptive optics from Durham University at its NETPark Research Institute.
• A growing cluster of high-technology focused businesses built on technological innovation.
These unique strengths combine with an extremely high quality environment and immediate land availability to provide a preferred location for developing high-technology businesses and offers a range of attractive investment opportunities.
Operating in the global economy
NETPark enjoys a strategic location well equipped to serve the UK market including excellent road and rail access, and is ideally placed for links with mainland Europe via nearby international airports at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle, and extensive North Sea port facilities.
The North East’s realistic land prices and property rentals provide prospective occupiers with requirements for growth and have already attracted to the region many of the biggest names in industry as well as a host of smaller businesses, providing a range of collaborative and supply chain opportunities.
The NETPark Incubator is a total support environment in which science and technology businesses can develop and grow. With over 43,000 sq. ft of dedicated incubation space, the NETPark
Incubator accelerates the success of knowledge-based companies. It’s the kind of place where talent flourishes and businesses have access to a wide range of tailored support and resources.
It offers a mix of flexible office and laboratory space where science and technology businesses can achieve their full potential and compete with the best in the world. This combines with a full range of business and technology support services, designed to help navigate every stage of technology commercialisation and growth.
NETPark Discovery 1 & 2
A development of two new buildings, each of approximately 20,000 sq. ft, provides space for expanding technology companies. Built to the same high standards as the NETPark Incubator, each building offers a choice of office, laboratory and the option for clean room facilities in self-contained suites which are ideal for established companies or large research and development groups. The last few remaining units are available to lease with flexible occupancy terms and generous incentives.
The Discovery 1 and 2 facilities are only one part of the NETPark community. As your business develops you will find no shortage of room to grow into larger space on the park.
The NETPark Research Institute
The NETPark Research Institute is specifically designed for R&D and low volume complex equipment prototyping and manufacture and is home to Durham University’s Centre for Advanced nstrumentation (CfAI) which collaborates with observatories and space agencies world-wide in the construction, commissioning and exploitation of innovative high-precision instrumentation.
CfAI is one of the major research groups in Durham University’s Physics Department, staffed by researchers, technicians and research students. It develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics,remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. The Research Institute also conducts projects in Astronomical Adaptive Optics, used to correct dynamic aberrations in optical systems.
World class facilities
NETPark boasts a facility of international significance which is now at the heart of the first national Catapult Centre for High Value Manufacturing. CPI manages the National Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark. It works closely with industry, from multinationals to high-tech start-ups,investors, government agencies and leading researchers to stimulate and manage market-led innovation.
In 2011, CPI was named as the process element of the government’s elite network of Catapult Centres. This awards CPI direct involvement in UK and EU strategy alongside substantial sustained investment to ensure CPI’s staff and facilities are at the cutting edge of product and process development.
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult brings together individual centres of collaborative research to create something even greater than the sum of its parts:
• Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
• Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
• Manufacturing Technology Centre
• Advanced Forming Research Centre
• National Composite Centre
• Warwick Manufacturing Group
This collaborative approach to supporting high value manufacturing in the UK, means that companies locating at NETPark will be at the forefront of commercialisation, product development and innovation opportunities.
Space to invest
Strong public sector support and immediate land availability has created a unique environment for investment and development driving R&D and technology commercialisation at NETPark.
NETPark is a key location in north east England linked to the national High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre through the CPI’s national flagship facility for printable electronics. This, and the presence on-site of two of Durham University’s most advanced research groups combine to offer any technology business investing in NETPark the opportunity to co-locate with two of the UK’s major technology drivers.
It also means that the demand for specialised development – office, laboratory or cleanroom, small or large – will gather in momentum as the benefits of these facilities make themselves felt in the form of new, highly commercial technologies and products.
NETPark offers a number of opportunities for investment and development centred on individual development plots ranging from 1 to 4 acres, underpinned with communications networks, high-tech R&D facilities, a skilled workforce and access to finance.
Support through NETPark Net
NETPark is a supportive, like-minded community and so that entrepreneurial companies and individuals could share in NETPark’s benefits wherever they were based, we created a collaborative online community – NETPark Net.
NETPark Net offers support services to assist technology based businesses maximise their potential for rapid growth. Companies at NETPark automatically receive free membership of NETPark Net – a virtual science and technology network that allows access to a total business support environment.
It gives your company access to news, publications, events, opportunities and support services to help businesses grow. NETPark Net is a personalised, proactive service for business:
• Intellectual Property (IP) landscaping services and market intelligence to support growth through the NET IP Service.
• Access to bespoke finance (grant, loans and equity) based on company and project requirements through the NET Funder service.
• A structured programme for technical and product development for companies in science, engineering and technology through the NETPark Net Innovation Academy.
• The latest contracts and tender opportunities delivered daily to your inbox through the NET Tender service.
• Virtual Office services if required including postal address, email, phone number, hotdesking, and use of meeting rooms at NETPark.
These services are complemented by a range of events including monthly networking sessions, expert drop in clinics, technology debates and market focused conferences, all designed to give your business the opportunity to grow.
A partnership to accelerate growth
The NETPark Business Innovation Gateway brings together the expertise of NETPark, Durham University and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to provide companies with multi-layered support which encompasses:
• Space, facilities and equipment
• Market knowledge
• Access to finance
• Technical skills and expertise
• Access to Intellectual Property (IP)
Durham University’s involvement in the Business Innovation Gateway harnesses its highly-rated research capabilities in the sciences most relevant to NETPark, such as physics, chemistry and maths, together with the University’s enormous international reputation.
CPI’s involvement exploits its expertise in taking technologies from innovation to commercialisation in the fields of advanced processes, functional materials, low carbon energy and printable electronics.
The partners have committed to working together to promote and encourage NETPark as the prime location for ‘spin-out’ companies involved in the commercialisation of scientific and technology research from regional, national and international universities, inward investment to NETPark by national and international organisations and businesses as well as promoting scientific research and development as career opportunities.
Building an enterprising culture
NETPark attracts and supports companies operating in or looking to develop new products or technology in the fields of plastic electronics, nano and micro technology, software, photonics, microelectronics, defence and healthcare.
We make it easy for companies to focus on successful growth and accelerate the success of knowledge-based companies by providing:
• A range top-class facilities
• Access to finance
• Tailored business support
• Access to world-class research and business opportunities.
NETPark companies can link into several national and international networks, including the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics. As well as the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network available on site, NETPark is the North East Regional Partner for the Electronics, Sensors, and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network.
Knowledge Transfer Networks are initiatives supported by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board for specific market sectors or technologies. The Electronics Technology Network (ETN) is a network of the UK’s capabilities across the electronics value chain, from research through to design and product development, and including sales and operations, creating a community rich with potential collaborative partners.
Companies can also access potential global partners at over 450 other science and technology parks through NETPark’s active participation in the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) and the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA). The European Enterprise Network, which assists with finding technology partners, is also hosted at the CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark.
Promoting co-operation between universities and business, facilitating technology transfer and providing space for business incubation are all part of the NETPark offer.
The Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside are all within a 30 minute drive. NETPark harnesses the strengths of these respected institutions in a central location and is founded on fast-track access to their world-class research and teaching facilities.
Companies on the Park
Kromek, which produces cutting-edge imaging technology for the security, medical and industrial sectors and was the first occupant of the NETPark Incubator facility in 2005, has grown at such a pace that it moved into its own purpose-designed headquarters building on NETPark in 2010.
Ibex Innovations develop and bring to market advanced technology. The company is currently working on the development of advanced xray detectors with high resolution imaging capabilities and fast capture times.
Starting their partnership with NETPark as a virtual tenant and then taking office space in the Incubator, they now occupy office and lab space of almost 2,000sq. ft in NETPark Discovery 2 and continue to grow and develop the business.
The NETPark Incubator is home to companies such as Reinnervate, a company specialising in developing technologies to facilitate 3D cell culture and cell-based research; U2T Photonics, which designs and develops high speed optical components and devices and Ithaka Life Sciences, a onsultancy and interim management company that provides a range of services to the biotechnology and life sciences community.
For a full list please visit www.northeasttechnologypark.com
Have a brainwave!
Our innovation community doesn’t just lend itself to business. Brainwave is the outreach and engagement programme for NETPark. Companies at NETPark offer a range of employment opportunities in all aspects of science-based businesses: engineers, designers, scientists,technicians, sales and marketing, HR and administration – the possibilities are endless.
Brainwave offers events, projects, teacher CPD, and much more to engage and inspire people (young and old) about the wonders of science and build awareness of the opportunities that NETPark will offer.
To find out more please visit http://www.haveabrainwave.co.uk and follow us on twitter @haveabrainwave to see what’s coming up!
Innovative County, Innovative Region
North East England has adapted to the need for industrial change and has made itself a key player in the national and global economies. Now the region is leading the way in fields as diverse as stem cell research, electric vehicles, microelectronics, x-ray detection, printable electronics, automotive components and the offshore industry.
While the region’s heritage of creativity and innovation stretches back over hundreds of years, its vision lies firmly in the future. County Durham continues to move with the times and in NETPark it has created a true catalyst for economic change.
North East England is also home to five world-class universities, including Durham University. The depth and quality of their combined research is formidable, covering fields such as nanotechnology, bioscience, electronics, chemistry, astronomy and engineering. Much of the fruit of this research has already emerged into the commercial world, and there is more to come.
Science park conference coming to NETPark
The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) has chosen NETPark in County Durham to host the annual conference for its European division.View details
NETPark Ambassador plays key role in North East LEP
NETPark Ambassador Professor Roy Sandbach has agreed to work with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to map out innovation networks from the North East across the globe.View details
IASP European Division Workshop at NETPark
The IASP European Division Workshop is being held at NETPark in November 2013 and looks at the advantages of specialisation for science parks ... more>View details
Spacetech 2012 – opportunities for business in space technology
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