Specialising in the commercialisation of new products and services, we work with individuals, businesses and the public sector to help create more innovative and vibrant economies.
We have vast experience of helping organisations with all stages of the innovation and IP commercialisation process and currently use this expertise to support partners at a UK regional, national and European level.
RTC North is also a lead UK partner in the worlds' largest business support network - Enterprise Europe Network - and has established relationships with partners in Asia as well as North and South America.
Gordon’s business journey started in 1980 when following spending 10 years in Africa with his family, he returned to the North East to work with local manufacturing companies. This led him towards a career in technology support and in 1998 Gordon was awarded an MBE for his services to business.
Between 1999 and 2008, Gordon managed a large regional project in the UK, and subsequently advised policymakers on the set up of similar programmes in several EU member countries.
Gordon went to retire in 2016, and his son, Jamie, is managing director and with the wider team, is working towards the company vision of a Northern economy, which is amongst the most competitive in the world.
RTC North originated as the Regional Technology Centre (RTC) for the North East and Cumbria - one of a network of 12 set up by national government in 1987.
Whilst others have failed to adapt to self-financing status, RTC North has grown steadily into its current position as a trusted and long established business support organisation regionally, nationally and European-wide. It now provides professional services in technology, innovation and business growth, and employs over 50 people in offices in Sunderland, Gateshead, Leeds and Daresbury.
A project is founded at Newcastle University as part of a public network of 12 regional technology centres
RTC North becomes a company and moves to small offices in Sunderland
New contract awarded: Technical Support contract
European Commission contracts create major new European opportunities
Universities for the North East co-locates with RTC North
Increased regional funding received for technology transfer.
RTC North move to bigger premises on Hylton Park, opened by Ian Gibson , CBE, Nissan Managing Director
Improved links with universities leads to stronger focus on R&D exploitation
RTC North 10th Anniversary
New contracts won: NHS Innovations North, Foresight North East project launched
New contract won: Manufacturing Advisory Service
New contracts won: To assist companies accessing EC funding for R&D under FP6
Launch of Bright Ideas in Health Awards, North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) co-locates with RTC North
RTC North office opened in Knowsley by Erkki Liikanen.
New contract awarded: Contract to manage the incubator at NetPark Sedgefield County Durham
New contracts awarded: to deliver the EU R&D Support Programme in Yorkshire
New contract awarded: Enterprise Europe Network in Yorkshire.
RTC North office opened in Yorkshire, Leeds
Legal entities formed in Yorkshire the North West to ensure more regionally focused offering to regional development agencies.
New contracts awarded: Design Network North
RTC North 20th Anniversary, fundraising in aid of Welbodi Partnership
Innovation Pathway ERDF Programmed Launched
New contracts awarded: UKTI International Trade Advisory Service (with NEPIC and NECC), Growth Accelerator delivery contract for North East England
RTC North office opened in Northern Design Centre, Gateshead
New contracts awarded: Academic Health Science Network - RTC North responsible for wealth creation
RTC North 25th Anniversary. Lord Kenneth Baker revisits RTC North after launching regional technology centres in 1989
RTC North office opened in North West, Daresbury. NEAA co-locates with RTC North
New contract awarded: Enterprise Europe Network, RTC North is the lead partner for the North of England & the North West, Yorkshire and Humber and the North East
RTC North relocates Sunderland Headoffice to larger premsis, Loftus House.
New contract awarded: Designing Better Business
Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service framework provider
Pathways to Innovation & Scale Up North East