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Durham University



Welcome to Orbit, Durham University’s new enterprise zone located at NETPark, one of the UK’s leading science parks.

Orbit, due to open in spring 2021, will house space for around 15 businesses with a prototype lab, hot desks, and meeting facilities.

Businesses located at Orbit will have access to the University’s research expertise, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities, as well as the opportunity to attend regular workshops and events.

Orbit is open to any science- or technology-focused business, whether you’re a start-up looking to grow, or an established company looking for access to first-class facilities.

We are also keen to house many of our academic spin-outs and student enterprises.

Although Orbit isn’t quite ready to open its doors yet, we are happy to receive expressions of interest and to provide further information.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form below and email to


University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) bring universities and business together to increase local economic growth and innovation.

In 2019, we received around £1.4m from Research England to develop a UEZ, joining another 22 zones across the UK. We have since been awarded a further £250,000 of ERDF funding to develop and deliver a business support offer to residents.

Orbit will be based at NETPark, one of the UK’s leading science parks and a hub of science-led research and development. A number of successful businesses already call NETPark home, including radiation detection and medical imaging company, Kromek, and Durham spin-out company, Magnitude Biosciences. The University's Centre for Advanced Instrumentation ( are already co-located within the Orbit building, providing easy access to the Centre's instrumentation expertise.

We’ll be working with our partners Business Durham, Centre for Process Industries (CPI), and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, to make Orbit a success.

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