North of England

Across the North of England, Enterprise Europe network helps innovative entrepreneurs, SMEs, universities and R&D centres secure commercial and technology opportunities and EU to grow their business in Europe and beyond.

The North of England encompasses 3 regions – the North West, Yorkshire and Humber and the North East. Cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Newcastle and their surroundings host more than 15 million people generating around £290 billion output per year. If it were an independent state, the North of England – known as the Northern Powerhouse – would be nudging towards the 20th largest economy in the world

Contact EEN North of England 0300 123 3066

Industry sectors in the North of England

North of England industry sectors

The North of England region boasts a variety of knowledge-based growth sectors of the future: e.g. creative industries in Liverpool; media in Manchester; legal in Leeds; advanced manufacturing in Sheffield; energy in Hull; and software development in Newcastle. 

Innovative companies in other key knowledge sectors such as chemicals, machinery and technology production, automotive and aerospace industries, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals are based in manufacturing and science parks outside city centres or around universities throughout the North of England. 


Research and Development in North of England

The North of England houses seven top rank universities (UK’s 24 Russell Group Universities) that support the huge Research and Development and science activities and creation of new products or materials. With more than £2.7bn, the level of Business Enterprise Research and Development in the North England is the 2nd highest in the UK.

The mix of universities, R&D centres, innovative multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises provide the North of England with fantastic technology and commercial partnering opportunities and access to other markets.

Recently, a few R&D projects have been announced by the UK government to boost the inherent R&D activities of North of England:



These investments will ensure that the North of England remains at the forefront of innovation in the sectors of the future.


Powered by Bradford Council, ChamberLink, Inventya, RTC North, Teeside University

Bradford Council is one of the largest metropolitan district councils in the UK.  The Enterprise Europe Network team forms part of the regeneration department and is made up of experienced advisers and information professionals who deliver support on doing business in Europe and beyond across Yorkshire & the Humber.  The Council also hosts the national enquiry gateway, the people you’ll speak to first when contacting the Network in the UK.
ChamberLink (Business Support Solutions) offers a direct route to the advice, information and resources you need to help your business improve, innovate and grow internationally.  We offer sound, professional advice and high quality services, meeting a wide range of business needs across all sectors: i.e. ICT, creative and digital, healthcare, environment, advanced manufacturing, food & drink, retail and professional services…. Business Support Solutions is part of the Manchester Growth Company (MGC). MGC transforms the economy of Greater Manchester, delivering growth and prosperity to the city region, providing the research and analysis to drive policy and delivery, raising Manchester’s profile, attracting investment, helping businesses grow and providing individuals with new skills and employment opportunities.
Inventya is a leading innovation consultancy specialising in supporting organisations in all stages of the innovation and intellectual property commercialisation process.  Inventya work with businesses, academic, public research organisations, and investors providing market and customer insight which adds significant value to new product development and marketing strategies. Inventya is a new Enterprise Europe Network partner focusing on supporting the environmental technologies, ICT, advanced manufacturing, maritime, healthcare and bioscience sectors.
RTC North is one of Europe’s leading technology transfer companies with a trusted reputation for delivering services in innovation and business growth. Specialising in the commercialisation of new products and services, we work with individuals, businesses and the public sector to help create more innovate and vibrant economies. The company has vast experience of helping organisations with all stages of the innovation and IP commercialisation process and uses this expertise to support partners at a UK regional, national and European level. RTC is a lead UK partner in the world’s’ largest business support network - Enterprise Europe Network – and has established relationships with partners in Asia as well as North and South America.
The Forge at Teesside University provides a platform for ambitious SMEs and researchers to engage with the Enterprise Europe Network. Our experienced team of European business advisers and innovation grants advisers tailor a range of services to meet your needs and help your business to grow.