North East England has the support networks in place for new investors to thrive.
The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led and membership-based network to overcome barriers to growth and support manufacturing businesses. It undertakes a range of activities providing access to research and intelligence, benchmarking and skills practice. It provides a focal point to drive innovation and adopt new technologies and processes through collaboration, business advice and access to funding.
More recently the NEAA established the NEAA Electrification Group to promote and develop the region’s manufacturing and research activity in electrified powertrain components and systems, including batteries.
Additional cluster groups and support organisations include:
The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) is the largest manufacturing forum in the North East, dedicated to supporting organisations from a range of manufacturing sectors.
Regional Technology Centre (RTC) North is a well-established consultancy that works with manufacturing companies to facilitate innovation through accessing expertise within the region’s universities.
Zero Carbon Futures, operated by Gateshead College, offers an expert consultancy service relating to the adoption of electric vehicle technology.
North East Tees Valley Digital Catapult helps the region’s businesses transform their operations by accelerating the application of emerging digital technologies. The centre has worked successfully with major companies such as Nissan and Komatsu.