The Manufacturing and Engineering sector is a growing sector of Richmondshire’s economy, with an already well-established cluster of subsea, oil and gas businesses, electronics firms and businesses innovating in the more traditional manufacturing industries.
The Vehicle Group Ltd, the UK’s leading vehicle CCTV, power management and security solutions manufacturer and provider and Hambleton Steel Ltd, one of the most progressive steelwork fabricators in the UK are located here.
Covering the whole manufacturing life cycle including R&D, expert consultancy, assembly and logistics – Richmondshire gives businesses the best landscape to help them grow and thrive.
Through the recent upgrades of the A1(M) there are now large areas of unlocked development land potential in close proximity to J52 and J53 of the A1(M) to support the sectors future growth.
Not only is there the logistics networks and infrastructure to help businesses connect to UK and global markets, the talented people to drive business forward but also a great network of support on the doorstep.
- CPI, a leading independent technology innovation centre with a number of facilities within close proximity, and acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate ideas and research into the marketplace.
- The National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, located at Darlington, aims to significantly increase the UK’s manufacturing capability in biologics. The centre provides the facilities and extensive expertise to bridge the gap between academia and business, helping to turn great ideas into commercial reality. The £38 million centre promotes industry collaboration across the supply chain, from research through to manufacture and commercialisation.
- North East Technology Park, encourages collaborative multidisciplinary links, driving innovation, enterprise and economic prosperity. NETPark provides science, technology and engineering companies with a choice of world-class laboratory, clean room and office space. From the incubation needed in the embryonic stage of growth to the larger spaces needed by companies who are ready to prototype and scale up to manufacture on site.
- A number of funding schemes and specialist support programmes also operate in the district including Innovate UK Edge, The Manufacturing Growth Programme and Product and Process Innovation (PAPI).