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Industry Networks

The Darlington and Tees Valley business environment is both vibrant and inclusive, with established accessible networks.  

The Invest in Darlington team can introduce investors to the right organisations to support their investment, share best practice, and explore opportunities for innovation, collaboration, research and development.

Click on the links below to find out more!

Industry Networks

Tees Valley Business

Tees Valley Business [external link] is part of a network of organisations called Business Growth Hubs which the Government set up to make sure companies are able to expand and get the right type of common sense, practical support they need.

RTC North

RTC North [external link] is one of Europe's leading technology transfer companies. Possessing vast experience of helping organisations with all stages of the innovation and IP commercialisation process.

Tees Valley Learning Provider Network

The Tees Valley Learning Provider Network [external link] supports learning providers and learners to achieve their potential in the field of work based learning.

National Horizons Centre

National Horizons Centre [external link] is the UK centre of excellence for the bio-science industry. With research, partnerships and training at its core, the NHC brings together industry, academia, talent and world-class facilities to drive innovation.

North East Chamber of Commerce

North East Chamber of Commerce [external link] is a membership organisation serving the interests of businesses within the North East.

Darlington Business Club

Darlington Business Club [external link] is a network of businesses in and around Darlington.

Darlington Cares

Darlington Cares [external link] works with local businesses and their employees to develop volunteering projects and opportunities, delivering over 3,000 hours of volunteering across 40 projects.

The Forge

The Forge [external link] located at Teesside University, is the University's national business hub, based in Darlington.

Federation of Small Business

Federation of Small Business [external link] is a leading business organisation for small businesses in the UK.

STEM Learning​

STEM Learning [external link] Works with schools, communities and employers to engage in STEM subjects and bridge the gap between todays learners and tomorrows careers.

Sector/Cluster Groups


CPI [external link] is a UK based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

North East Process Industries (NEPIC)

North East Process Industries (NEPIC) [external link] is a process industry cluster group in the North East.

Make UK

Make UK [external link] supports manufacturing businesses to achieve their objectives and goals, and helps create the most supportive environment for UK manufacturers to thrive, innovate and compete.

NOF Energy

NOF Energy [externa link] is a business development organisation working on behalf of 500 companies within the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable sectors.

Digital city

Digital City [external link] business provides support to digital and creative businesses from across the North East.

Engineering & Manufacturing Network

The Engineering and Manufacturing Network [external link] is supporting the continued growth of the area’s engineering and manufacturing industries by building a strong collaborative community of businesses.