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WHO WE ARE


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.


  • 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.

  • 1987

    A project is founded at Newcastle University as part of a public network of 12 regional technology centres

    1989

    RTC North becomes a company and moves to small offices in Sunderland

    1991

    New contract awarded: Technical Support contract

    RTC North moves offices to Sunderland Enterprise Park

    1993

    European Commission contracts create major new European opportunities

    1995

    Universities for the North East co-locates with RTC North

    1996

    Increased regional funding received for technology transfer

    RTC North move to bigger premises on Hylton Park, opened by Ian Gibson , CBE, Nissan Managing Director

    1998

    Improved links with universities leads to stronger focus on R&D exploitation

    1999

    RTC North 10th Anniversary

    2001

    New contract won: NHS Innovations North

    Foresight North East project launched

    2002

    New contract won: Manufacturing Advisory Service

    2003

    New contract 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

    2004

    RTC North office opened in Knowsley by Erik Lickerman

    New contract awarded: Contract to manage the incubator at NetPark Sedgefield County Durham.

    2006

    New contract awarded: to deliver the EU R&D Support Programme in Yorkshire

    2007

    New contract awarded: Enterprise Europe Network in Yorkshire

    RTC North office opened in Yorkshire, Leeds

    2008

    Legal entities formed in Yorkshire the North West to ensure more regionally focused offering to regional development agencies.

    New contract awarded: Design Network North

    2009

    RTC North 20th Anniversary , fundraising in aid of Welbodi Partnership

    2011

    Innovation Pathway ERDF Programmed Launched

    2012

    New contract awarded: UKTI International Trade Advisory Service (with NEPIC and NECC)

    New contract awarded: Growth Accelerator delivery contract for North East England

    RTC North office opened in Northern Design Centre, Gateshead

    2013

    New contract awarded: Academic Health Science Network – RTC North responsible for wealth creation

    2014

    RTC North 25th Anniversary

    Lord Kenneth Baker revisits RTC North after launching regional technology centres in 1989

    2015

    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 office opened in North West, Daresbury

    North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) co-locates with RTC North

    2016

    RTC North relocates Sunderland Headoffice to larger premsis, Loftus House

    New contract awarded: Designing Better Business