The North East has one of the most creative and exciting immersive technology clusters outside of London.
It is a leading location for world-class facilities, specific support networks and unique opportunities for applications of immersive technologies in manufacturing, automotive and life sciences.
Our region has world-leading capabilities in digital technology, video games, visual effects and animation. We have significant early immersive technology adopter sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, engineering and automotive, that are integrating innovative virtual reality, augmented reality and robotic technologies into their operations in the North East.
Companies locating to the region will join global firms like ZeroLight, Coatsink, Luminous Group, Neutron VR, Annimersion, Vector 76 and Radical Panda, all of which have headquarters in the North East. We have a highly qualified and digitally skilled workforce, plus an enviable pipeline of superb graduates coming out of our colleges and universities every year.
Immersive technology companies in the North East have a huge choice of workspace. From cost-effective studios and small creative spaces to Grade A offices located in city centres and edge-of-town business parks, there is something for businesses of all sizes. PROTO in Gateshead is ideal for businesses seeking soft landing options. Combining desk and office accommodation with events space, an immersive lab and specialist research and development equipment, the facility is geared towards supporting immersive technology, gaming and digital companies.
One of the biggest reasons immersive technology companies succeed and scale-up in the North East is the collaborative approach of our digital and tech community. Our region has a friendly and welcoming ecosystem where existing companies support new studios looking to establish a regional presence.
Immersive technology and digital companies choosing to locate in North East England will benefit from a wide range of business support and cluster networks primed to offer guidance and advice across a range of topics. Our fantastic support networks include high-quality research and development facilities in our universities plus VRTGO Labs, the UK’s first industry-led network for immersive technology.
To support a smooth transition to the region, Invest North East England can provide a range of services, including property searches, data on skills and guidance on incentives, as well as making introductions to specialist networks that can offer guidance and links to potential customers, opportunities and research and development support.