Opening of a new retail space in the North East at NETPark – Med-Tech Innovation


Orbit, a new business hosting space hosted by Durham University, has opened a new facility at NETPark, one of the UK’s leading science and technology parks.

Orbit will provide flexible offices as well as tailor-made support and industry-specific advice for S&T SMEs and spin-off companies from Northeastern universities.

The space can accommodate small scientific and technological companies looking for a professional base. In addition to the collaborative environment within Orbit, it also acts as a gateway to the thriving NETPark ecosystem, giving members access to an established community and the business opportunities that it can bring.

Orbit’s offerings extend beyond the physical space, with a commitment to providing the right support and the right connections to help its members grow and succeed. A key aspect of this is Orbit’s strong network of partners: CPI, an independent technology innovation center and founding member of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Business Durham, the business support service for Durham County Council, and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, a partnership committed to promoting and developing economic growth in the region. Through these partnerships, Orbit members have access to state-of-the-art facilities, funding opportunities and expert support from industry and business.

Orbit is holding an open house on the 7the October for those interested to discover its facilities and find out more about its offers. The day will include introductory presentations and opportunities to meet and network with representatives from each of the partner organizations, with other events to be confirmed. You can register to attend the open day here.

Will Bevin-Nicholls, Senior Manager at Orbit, said: “We are excited to open the doors of Orbit and start building our own community within the larger NETPark ecosystem. With a few innovative members already signed up and ready to move in, we can’t wait to help exciting small businesses achieve big things.

Jenny Taylor, Head of Economic Development at Durham University, added, “Orbit represents the University’s commitment to fostering innovation and development in the region. I look forward to the many opportunities it will bring – from dedicated support for academic spin-offs to collaborations and internship opportunities. ”


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