Our research and business strengths

NewcastleGateshead has a reputation for world-leading research and business strengths in medical sciences and sustainability, tech and digital, offshore and marine, and business and professional services. Home to the inventors of the light bulb and the steam turbine, the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of North East England is unrivalled and to this day life-changing innovations are happening here.

Medical sciences and sustainability

Internationally renowned for life sciences, healthcare and sustainability, Newcastle is one of six designated UK Science Cities. Recognised for its strengths in ageing, biomedicine and clinical trials, NewcastleGateshead has cutting-edge facilities including the International Centre for Life and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), the largest facility of its kind in Europe. Newcastle University, which has one of the UK’s leading medical schools, was also recently awarded £20m by the government to establish the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Academics and industry experts within the ageing sector gathered in NewcastleGateshead to share their research at the 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging and 2018 sees the 41st Annual Meeting of the European Thyroid Association coming to the destination.

North East England has an established pharmaceutical cluster accounting for £632m of the region’s GVA, whilst Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust topped the table for a fourth consecutive year, undertaking the UK’s largest number of clinical trials, recruiting almost 12,500 patients.

The city’s newest addition and landmark location for science, Newcastle Science Central, is a hub where academics and businesses can collaborate, innovate and develop solutions for tomorrow’s cities.

Lide science & healthcare

  • The International Centre for Life is the UK’s first biotechnology village, a landmark £90m development which is home to Newcastle University’s Institute for Genetic Medicine.
  • Newcastle University was granted the first licence by the fertility regulator to create a baby with three genetic parents, which is a ground-breaking development that will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases.
  • The National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory based at Newcastle University applies big data analytical tools to reveal global trends in health innovation.

Offshore and marine 

NewcastleGateshead is a major centre for the renewable, offshore and subsea energy industries and is one of six Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE) in England. We’re also home to the world’s most advanced steel tube facility and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

Newcastle University has recently invested in a £7m world-class engineering research facility, the Neptune National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering, which is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together industry and academia.

Our expertise and knowledge in this sector attract a range of conferences, with NOF Energy returning year after year for its annual conference, held at Sage Gateshead and the UK Energy Storage Conference happening in the new £58m Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle’s Science Central development in 2018.

Offshore & marine engineering

  • One of only six Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE) in England.
  • The world's most advanced steel tube facility, the Tyne Subsea – the National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering, is based at Walker Riverside in Newcastle.
  • Over 65,000 skilled workers are currently employed in the energy industries in North East England.

Tech and innovation

We’re emerging as one of the most vibrant tech clusters outside of London and are home to industry leaders including Ubisoft Reflections, ZeroLight, CCP Games, Eutechnyx as well as Sage – the largest tech company in the FTSE 100 – which is headquartered in Newcastle. Here, global leaders rub shoulders and do business with fast-growing local start-ups.

NewcastleGateshead is home to two outstanding universities with Newcastle University ranked number one in computing science research impact and Northumbria University leading the way in computer forensics and security. Just down the road from NewcastleGateshead, the University of Sunderland has also received funding to continue its work in cybercrime.

Conferences such as Thinking Digital, Game Horizon and the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference are therefore a natural fit for the destination.

Creative, digital & gaming

  • The North East has the highest percentage of STEM and computer science students in England.
  • Newcastle has the fastest growing digital cluster outside of London, with our software and technology market forecast to grow by 2.5bn by 2020.
  • The North East is home to 2,800 technology businesses, employing over 27,000 people.

Business and professional services

Business and professional services is another sector that NewcastleGateshead excels in and is home to some of the biggest names in the sector, with a strong reputation in banking, finance, insurance and contact centres.

It’s a growing sector, which employes over 130,000 people across 17,500 companies and generate around 25% of the region’s wealth.

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK and has recently been awarded Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB international) double accreditation in business and accounting. The School is also accredited by EPAS for 18 undergraduate programmes – more than any business school in the UK.

Buisness and professional services

  • All of the ‘Big Four’ professional service companies have operations in Newcastle (Deloitte, PWC, E&Y and KPMG), employing almost 1,300 people.
  • Barclays, Bond Dickenson, BT, EE, HMRC, Tesco Bank, Utility Wise and Virgin Money all have bases in NewcastleGateshead too.
  • Newcastle ranked 1st in the latest Cushman & Wakefield UK attractiveness survey for setting up a contact centre.

Some of the events we've hosted in these sectors:

  • European Academy of Childhood Disability Conference
  • Human-Computer Interaction International Conference
  • GameHorizon Conference
  • 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging Conference
  • Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting
  • International Symposium on Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications
  • NOF Energy Annual Conference
  • Thinking Digital Conference
  • European Conference on Networks and Optical Communications
  • Manufacturing & Engineering North East
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education Annual Scientific Meeting
  • BIM (Building Information Modelling) Show Live
  • UK Energy Storage Conference
  • Royal College of Nursing Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition

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