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New enterprise zone to work with industry

(20 September 2019)

From developing a mesh coating that could help clean up oil spills to finding greener energy alternatives, our research is really making a difference.

Now, we’ve been awarded over £1.4m to develop premises in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts.

Spinout and start-up support

Twenty new University Enterprise Zones (UEZ) will be established in the UK, an initiative that encourages universities and businesses to work together to support local economic growth.

Our UEZ will house business accommodation with lab space, hot desks and meeting facilities co-located within one of our research institutes.

Up to 17 businesses will have the opportunity to be based at the UEZ, including spinout companies that are commercialising university research, and our student led enterprises.

Leading science site

The UEZ will be based at one of the UK’s leading science parks, the North East England Technology Park (NETPark), a hub of science-led research and development.

Businesses will have access to a wealth of guidance, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities from our academics and partners who will provide regular sessions to exchange knowledge across a range of subjects.


The UEZ will be open to all businesses who want to collaborate with the University and our partners, providing access to academic expertise.

Completion of the UEZ is scheduled for autumn 2020 and will open its doors to businesses in early 2021.

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