North East England has a long history of innovation, from Joseph Swan’s arc lighting on Mosley Street Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1880 to the ‘smartest’ street in the UK in 2018. Our two major cities – Newcastle and Sunderland – are leading the way in smart city technology, meaning the North East is well placed to offer unique investment opportunities.
North East England is embracing technology, data and new ways of working to deliver better services and improve people’s lives – across public services, through world leading academic research and a vibrant tech sector.
The region’s thriving tech sector is a key reason why North East England is leading the way in Smart City advancements. FTSE 100 company Sage PLC, gaming giant tombola, Ubisoft’s largest UK Games Studio and the new BBC Tech Hub are all located here.
Our region is forward-thinking, and we embrace new technologies and digital transformation that will improve the lives of our residents and make businesses more productive.
Businesses locating here create opportunities to collaborate with innovative companies across many sectors, link with world-leading academia and test the latest smart technologies.