Businesses in Northumberland are ideally based to benefit from proximity to a wide range of universities and research centres, in the North East of England and Scotland.

Durham, Newcastle, and Edinburgh all rank consistently among the UK’s best universities for teaching and research, and institutions such as Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland have developed close links with companies in the region based on applied research.

Research in the region’s universities has been independently assessed as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” in disciplines including biosciences, clinical studies, chemistry, engineering, maths, computer science, environmental studies and art and design.

Northumberland is also home to Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult which provides world-leading testing and development facilities for offshore and tidal technologies in Blyth.

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