NETPark Soft Landing

County Durham is a dynamic place to do business at the heart of the North East economy and it has been welcoming overseas investors for decades: NSK Bearings set up the first Japanese manufacturing plant in the North East in 1976 and has been joined by many other big names including Hitachi Rail Europe, Caterpillar, Walkers, 3M … And high tech companies, such as Bristol Laboratories, Atom Bank, Kromek, PragmatIC and PolyPhotonix have also seen Durham as the place to grow their businesses.

As the economic development company for County Durham, Business Durham encourages overseas companies to establish
and settle into a long term base through its soft landing scheme.

Our Offer

We understand that your needs are individual and what is useful for one investor may not be for another. Our offer is tailored to you and may include:

  A single point of contact so that you have a person who understands your needs
  Mapping of needs and appropriate Action Plan so that you can be sure that your needs are understood and supported. These include legal and regulatory, finance and accounting, funding, marketing, innovation and R&D, export, local supply chain, workforce profile and any other specialist needs
  Research, intelligence and statistics so that you make the best case possible for project approval
  Tour of the area so that you see and understand the economic and social infrastructure
  Help to find residential accommodation for your key, relocating staff to reduce the uncertainty of them and their family.
  Introductions to companies, networks and influencers so that you quickly become part of the local business environment.
  Free virtual office address and use of meeting rooms for three months at NETPark during the set up and transition to permanent accommodation.
  Free first year’s membership of a trade body, networking organisation or other of your choice (to a maximum of £1500) e.g. Chamber, EEF, NOF, NDI, Service Network, Common Purpose, to make you feel part of a community and interact with potential suppliers, customers and influencers.

If your business needs are not covered in this list, please do discuss with us – our inward investors will
testify to our flexibility and commitment in supporting them.


  • janet_todd_netpark

    Janet Todd

    NETPark Manager

    +44(0)1740 625 250
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did You Know?

  • Catapulting technologies to market +

    NETPark is the only science park in the UK with two Catapults: High Value Manufacturing and Satellite Applications
  • Reinnervate in space... +

    Reinnervate’s cell scaffold technology was carried to the International Space Station in April 2015 for bone density experiments
  • The Number 55 +

    NETPark is number 55 on the list of 100 reasons why it’s great up north
  • Kromek, a home-grown plc +

    Kromek, a company at NETPark, started with 2 employees, now employs 60, is a plc and is building the largest radiation sensor network in the United States
  • PolyPhotonix and the Sleep Mask +

    PolyPhotonix has developed a Sleep Mask to treat diabetic retinopathy which will save the NHS £1BN a year
  • The North East workforce +

    Companies developing products from physics-based science employ over 43,000 people in the North East
  • Starring in Stargazing Live +

    Durham University's Centre for Advanced Instrumentation at NETPark built instruments for the South African Large Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, both of which "starred" in BBC's Stargazing Live
  • 1

Keep In Touch

NETPark associations