If you are thinking about relocating, North Tyneside offers outstanding opportunities for business development and a top-quality lifestyle – the area boasts the UK’s largest and most successful office park, two Enterprise Zones and superb transport links.

Research and Innovation

Energy Academy


Locating to North Tyneside means a business has internationally renowned research and development capabilities and facilities on its doorstep.


The region’s four universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland are at the forefront of research and development across a range of sectors including engineering, energy, applied science, design and medicine – and all enjoy close links with local business and industry.


The School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University carries out collaborative research with industrial partners from across Europe.


At Durham University the CeREES Centre for Geoenergy carries out research of direct relevance to industry in such fields as digital mapping, well site geology and drilling technologies.


Based on the north bank of the Tyne, a new £2.2million Energy Academy provides a centre of innovation, training and development for the energy sector. The Academy, run by Newcastle College, delivers qualifications from Level 2 through to degree level in energy technologies, manufacturing and maintenance as well as Apprenticeships.  Facilities include equipment, such as a computed numerically controlled (CNC) machine and autoclave pressurising apparatus related to manufacture, assembly and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.


Innovation Hubs linked to the expertise of the universities bring together research and development activity and university spin-off companies in locations that encourage knowledge-sharing and collaborative working. They are also supported by a strong network of supply chain initiatives and peer-group networking across a range of sectors.


The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult


The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. Located in Glasgow and Blyth, Northumberland it delivers prioritised research underpinned by world-class test and demonstration facilities to accelerate the development and deployment of offshore renewable energy technologies in the UK.


ORE Catapult collaborates with industry, academia and Government in key technology areas that have been identified as having a significant role to play in reducing the cost of offshore renewable energy and creating UK economic benefit.


Neptune National Centre


Newcastle University is to lead a national centre for subsea and offshore engineering as part of a major drive to develop new materials and technologies to explore the world’s oceans. The Neptune National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering, which is to be built on the north bank of the river Tyne has been unveiled as a key part of the Government’s oil and gas strategy. It will be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together industry and academia to create a world-class engineering research facility. Developing technologies that can withstand one of the world’s harshest environments, the new centre will be at the forefront of the region’s quest to harness the ocean’s potential as a source of food, energy and medicine.