Supercharge Your Business

Growing a business in the North East of England brings a variety of challenges, but you don’t have to do it all alone.

Unlock the power of four world-class universities

Connect your businesses to experts and facilities in the North East

Four universities, countless academics and researchers – and lab facilities that are second-to-none. With all this at our fingertips, we’ll help you access the expertise your business needs to move forward.

Push the boundaries of what’s possible

We’re here to help you grow and develop your product or business by acting as your gateway to a wealth of expertise. 

Whether you’re looking for testing facilities, scientific insights or a research partner,  Arrow will help you access the bespoke support you need. Let’s unlock innovation and accelerate your pathway to success. 

Nothing is off the shelf, there’s no one-size-fits-all. Everything we do is tailored to your unique needs. 

Our service is fully funded for businesses

We want to help as many businesses based in County Durham, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland as possible to reach and exceed their potential, so don’t worry about cost.

Arrow is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund through Durham County Council and North of Tyne Combined Authority (now administered by the North East Combined Authority) as the leads in their respective areas.

One-to-one time with experts

We’ll match you with an expert, or experts, from our universities and deploy an Arrow Innovation Associate to deliver a project tailored to your needs.

Innovation support

We’ll help you to bring new products and services towards their market by sharing insights and knowledge from experts in our universities.

Research and development

Research is key to our universities’ strengths, and we can help you address unknowns in your product or service innovation journey by drawing on our expertise.

Proof of concept and validation

Our experts offer a complementary and evidenced view on your product or service innovation – validating your thinking or challenging your assumptions and proposing alternatives.

Specialist data science expertise

Data exploitation pervades so much of current innovation opportunities, and we can match you with data science experts to identify solutions to your own data challenges.

Research facilities and equipment

Our universities have a trove of specialist equipment and facilities that may offer new insight to unlock innovation opportunities for your product or service.

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