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North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence

Our parent organisation Business Durham leads a North East consortium which runs the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.  The centre is funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency and we work closely with the European Space Agency. We’re based at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, County Durham, home to some of the world’s fastest-growing companies.

The Centre helps organisations to solve problems and open up opportunities using satellite data and technology, e.g., better management of assets, earlier warnings of floods, more accurate information on condition monitoring, all leading to the more efficient use of resources, more market opportunities and a better quality of life.

The Centre helps businesses to exploit the use of satellite data, technology and applications to gain a competitive advantage in a global market.

Since opening in 2014 we have helped many businesses take advantage of the £20 billion 2020 space race and you can read some of the success stories at the right of the page.

Get in touch

We are interested in hearing from organisations already in the space sector but also from those which have the potential to work in the space and satellite sector but have not yet investigated what market opportunities this might mean.

Visit the website: sa.catapult.org.uk/north-east/

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Consortium Members

  • North East Universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland & Teesside

  • BonAccord

  • E2e Services

  • NELEP

  • Durham County Council

Elaine Scott
Elaine ScottCentre Manager
Direct Dial: 03000 265505
Mobile: 07786 026916

Success Stories

Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency speaks at the Annual Satellite Application Conference
NETPark-based aXenic who produce ultra, high-speed optical modulators used in photonic applications in the space sector for inter-satellite and ground-satellite links.

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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 talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

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Cheif Executive of IBEX Innovations Ltd. Dr. Neil Loxley.

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX
Ken Williamson

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing
Stuart Wilson Ascari

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii
Steve Clements

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic
Arnab Basu - Kromek

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

NETPark is great for our staff and clients as it’s easy to get to know people here with the many networking events and other site activities taking place all the time.

Lorna Crombie, - director at CK Group
Janet Todd, NETPark Manager

One of the positive aspects of being part of the local authority is that we can put companies in touch with the right people quickly, such as in planning or building control, which is really useful if a company is managing their own fit out.

Janet Todd, - NETPark manager
Chief Executive Officer at Magnitude Biosciences David Weinkove.

NETPark is in an excellent location, there are many like-minded businesses on the park – it really is an excellent base from which we hope to grow our business.

David Weinkove, CEO, Magnitude BioSciences
Head of Research Dr Neil Sim

Just from being here over a year now, we’ve worked with at least three different companies on-site. So that’s new business leads that we wouldn’t have had is we hadn’t moved to NETPark.

Dr Neil Sim, High Force Research
Andy Turner, Quality Hospital Solutions

Business Durham has been instrumental in helping us to bring SamplePod to market, as they knew we were looking for a company to produce a low-cost electronic tag and they introduced us to PragmatIC.

Andy Turner, Quality Hospital Solutions, Quality Hospital Solutions
Filtronic, Chief Financial Officer Michael Tyreman.

Filtronic chose NETPark for a number of reasons including the modern infrastructure and facilities, the established, innovative and like-minded businesses located there and finally the flexibility it offers to enable us to scale our business.

Michael Tyreman, Chief Financial Officer, Filtronic
Richard Kirk, founder and CEO PolyPhotonix

It’s nice to have our own office at NETPark and Business Durham has been great. We’ve restructured the business and they’ve supported us as we’ve moved into bigger premises. We couldn’t have asked for better landlords.

Richard Kirk, CEO PolyPhotonix, PolyPhotonix
Dr Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI

CPI and Business Durham work in partnership to support SMEs looking to develop their innovative products or processes. At NETPark, CPI acts as an anchor organisation, attracting companies to locate here on the site, in order to benefit from the established and unique innovation networks across the entire supply chain.

Dr Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI, CPI