A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


County Durham Development Company (CDDC)

Innovation: the
key to economic growth

County Durham Development Company (CDDC) is encouraging innovation and strategic investment in the county on behalf of Durham County Council

It is also playing a central role in shaping the county?s future economic profile through its management and marketing of NETPark, the North East Technology Park at Sedgefield.

The highly successful NETPark is the North East?s premier science, engineering and technology park and epitomises County Durham?s positive approach to the future. As CDDC?s director of innovation development, Catherine Johns, says: ?At CDDC we recognise that the County?s economic future depends on driving innovation and harnessing the region?s intellectual power.

?We?re currently overseeing a shift in investment priorities based on the need to create and exploit knowledge and build the physical infrastructure. ?NETPark is a key component ? an attractive physical location that also encourages innovation in technologies, processes and products.? The NETPark Incubator?s adaptable mix of laboratory and office space quickly attracted some of the most advanced technology companies in the region.

Its strengths include an extremely high-quality environment, land available for easy expansion to encourage companies to stay, and links to worldclass research in all five universities throughout the North East of England. State-of-the-art facilities and tailored business support are also part of the package. Catherine Johns adds: ?Companies were drawn to NETPark because it?s the ideal environment in which to thrive as part of a like-minded community.?

NETPark Incubator ? an adaptable mix of laboratory and office space

And the Incubator is only one element of what Catherine describes as ?a unique combination? of university research centres, spin-out businesses and high-tech companies. For companies needing investment space or looking to expand on site with minimum disruption, Helios City is constructing NETPark?s Innovation Village ? five bespoke R&D ?NETPods? which can be fitted out to company specifications.

The NETPark Research Institute houses two worldclass research groups from Durham University. The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation creates advanced astronomical instrumentation for major telescopes around the world. The Semiconductor Crystal Growth and Ceramics Group ?grows? large-diameter crystals to develop high-energy, colour X-ray imaging. Technology developed from this research is currently being commercialised by Kromek, also based at NETPark.

NETPark is also home to the £9.5m Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC). Managed by the Centre for Process Innovation, this national flagship centre for the development of plastic electronics technologies will put the region at the forefront of revolutionary technologies that independent forecasts predict will be a £16 billion industry by 2015. Plastic electronics applications include the next generation of thin flexible display monitors and televisions, the development of low-energy organic lighting, low-cost flexible solar cells and even disposable small-scale technology for children?s toys and medical devices.

These developments make NETPark one of the fastest-growing science and technology parks in the UK. They will increase the impact NETPark is having on the drive to develop the region?s knowledgebased economy and attract and nurture high-tech businesses in sectors which will experience rapid growth in the future. Catherine Johns continues: ?We want to see the County?s companies growing and competing with the best in the world ? leading the way in developing world-class technologies that create new products and new markets.

?Innovation can be the route to increased quality, increased productivity, and increased profit for all types of business. We believe that in NETPark we have the ideal vehicle to drive innovation. ?NETPark can encourage the growth of R&D activity in the region and help persuade the region?s graduates that the North East can offer a wide range of high-quality employment opportunities.?

To find out more about NETPark and other business opportunities in County Durham, contact:

Catherine Johns
Director of Innovation Development
Tel: +44 (0) 191 370 8689
or visit