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.
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
RTC North moves offices to Sunderland Enterprise Park
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 contract won: NHS Innovations North
Foresight North East project launched
New contract won: Manufacturing Advisory Service
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
RTC North office opened in Knowsley by Erik Lickerman
New contract awarded: Contract to manage the incubator at NetPark Sedgefield County Durham.
New contract 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 contract awarded: Design Network North
RTC North 20th Anniversary , fundraising in aid of Welbodi Partnership
Innovation Pathway ERDF Programmed Launched
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
New contract 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
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
RTC North relocates Sunderland Headoffice to larger premsis, Loftus House
New contract awarded: Designing Better Business
Our team has delivered hundreds of innovation and technology transfer projects over the past 26 years and is a trusted partner of regional, national and international agencies. We have grown our business by understanding client needs, responding quickly to changing policy and being open, honest and professional.
Our management team is steered by a highly experienced board representing manufacturers, the professional services sector, public institutions and universities. Their guidance is invaluable as we listen and respond to the demands of industry, education and the public sector.