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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 Compass - 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. 

Business Enterprise Group - manages and delivers a range of investment related programmes, such as 'Lets Grow' on behalf of Tees Valley Business Compass. 

Business Growth Service - helps SMEs with ambition, capability and capacity to improve and grow.

RTC North - one of Europe's leading technology transfer companies.  Vast experience of helping organisations with all stages of the innovation and IP commercialisation process.

Tees Valley Learning Provider Network - supports learning providers and learners to achieve their potential in the field of work based learning.

Innovate Tees Valley - established to help Teesside's ambitious business community access funded support to achieve growth through service and product innovation.




Northstar Ventures - venture capital company with over £95m under management (based in Darlington).

North East Chamber of Commerce - membership organisation serving the interests of businesses within the North East.

Darlington Business Club - network of businesses in and around Darlington.

Darlington Partnership - draws together representatives from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors to agree the major issues and opportunities for Darlington and to ensure that action is being taken to address them.

Darlington Cares - 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 (Teesside University) - the University's national business hub, based in Darlington.

Federation of Small Business - leading business organisation for small businesses in the UK.

Stemnet - science, technology, engineering and mathematics network.

Sector/Cluster Groups

CPI - UK based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

North East Process Industries (NEPIC) - process industry cluster group in the North East.

NDI - leading supply chain sourcing and development service representing the interests of businesses in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors.

NOF Energy - business development organisation working on behalf of 500 companies within the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable sectors.

Digital City - Digital City Business provides support to digital and creative businesses from across the North East. 

NHS Innovations North - delivers innovation on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria.