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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

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 contracts 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 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

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

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

2016

RTC North relocates Sunderland Headoffice to larger premsis, Loftus House.

New contract awarded: Designing Better Business