Innovate Durham is here to help you take your business forward.


Managed by Teesside University we provide support to SMEs in County Durham who are looking to develop new products or services, or introduce new processes into their business.

With the support of a dedicated business innovation manager we will work with you to understand your business and what you want to achieve. A detailed innovation assessment will be carried out to identify potential projects and will be used to develop an action plan of support.

Through the funding available with Innovate Durham you can have access to:

  • Support to identify innovation gaps and opportunities
  • Technical consultancy on innovation challenges
  • Bid-writing support to access research and innovation funding pots
  • Graduate placements and Knowledge Exchange Internships lasting between 6-12 months


Innovate Durham is a part-funded service available to growth-oriented businesses in County Durham employing fewer than 250 staff and with an annual turnover of no greater than €50m per annum.

The project has received up to £693,654 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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