Livestream from the event on the 10th September

Friday 10th September, 9.30 - 12.30

Recording of online event from 10th September 2021.


Businesses don't exist in isolation, and it's crucial that they have access to those things they need to grow and flourish. So we highlighted just some examples of these, as well as hearing from businesses who've benefitted.



An injection of cash at the right time can give a business the boost it needs to get to the next level. But there are lots of options, all with their pros and cons.

Chris Jones is an experienced investor and currently delivers the Innovate UK Pitchfest programme, and gave us a brief but insightful look at the alternatives. He was joined by Fiona Conor of Trust Electric Heating to share their stories.



There's always something we don't know enough about, and bringing in the right person, even for a short time can make a massive difference

Nigel Pearson of Sunderland University told us about the various programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships that allow you to access their expertise. He was joined by Julie Parr from Muckle who described the impact it has made.



Having access to world class equipment and facilities can really set you apart from the competition. And at PROTO in Gateshead we have one the the best immersive tech facilities in the UK, we had a run down of the technology they have available from two companies that are using the facility -

Shaun Allan of XR Therapeutics who are applying immersive tech to healthcare, and Colin Kelly of MAADigital who create 3D content for some of the worlds leading brands.


Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.