The NETPark Story

On 23rd July 2004 , the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, officially opened the NETPark Research Institute. Since that time, NETPark has experienced much success and is recognised as a nationally important innovation asset.

What is a science park?

A science park is commonly a development of bespoke lab space, office space and cleanrooms that accommodates and fosters the growth of innovative businesses devoted to scientific research or the development of science-based or technological industries.

Science and technology parks in the UK

Now NETPark is one of the UK’s premier science, engineering and technology parks in the UK for the commercialisation of cutting edge R&D from major international organisations, universities and entrepreneurs. We are home to over thirty two innovative companies providing over 550 highly skilled jobs here at NETPark, Sedgefield in County Durham.

We are a destination where world-class science and technology companies and individuals come together. Take a look at some of the success stories highlighted in the gallery below and on our dedicated success stories page. 

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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