Our history

RTC North is a long established business support organisation. It originated as the Regional Technology Centre (RTC) for the North East and Cumbria – one of a network of 12 set up by national government in 1987.

Whilst others failed to adapt to self financing status, RTC North grew steadily into its current position as one of the leading independent technology transfer companies in Europe employing over 40 people.

Key milestones in our growth include:

  • October 1987 – A project is founded at Newcastle University as part of a public network of 12 regional technology centres
  • April 1989 – RTC North becomes a company and moves to small offices in Sunderland
  • February 1991 –Technical Support contract won / Move to Sunderland Enterprise Park
  • January 1993 – European Commission contracts create major new European opportunities
  • March 1996 – Increased regional funding received for technology transfer
  • July 1998 – Improved links with universities leads to stronger focus on R&D exploitation
  • January 2002 – New contract won: Manufacturing Advisory Service and NHS Innovations North
  • June 2003 – Contract to assist companies accessing  EC funding for R&D under FP6
  • October 2004 – Contract to manage the incubator at NetPark Sedgefield County Durham.
  • October 2006 –Contract awarded to deliver the EU R&D Support Programme in Yorkshire
  • March 2007 – Enterprise Europe Network contract awarded in Yorkshire.
  • April 2008 – Legal entities formed in Yorkshire the North West to ensure more regionally focused offering to regional development agencies.
  • November 2008 –  Contract to deliver Design Network North - a regional initiative to increase the contribution of design to the wealth of the region
  • March 2010 – Closure of the RDAs results in refocusing business direction
  • March 2012 – UKTI International Trade Advisory Service awarded (with NEPIC and NECC)
  • March 2012   Growth Accelerator contract awarded (RTC is North East delivery arm)
  • October 2013 – Academic Health Science Network awarded – RTC North responsible for wealth creation


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