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About Orbit

Businesses located at Orbit will have access to the University’s research expertise, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities, as well as the opportunity to attend regular workshops and events.
Orbit Facilities

Orbit is open to any science- or technology-focused business, whether you're a start-up looking to grow, or an established company looking for access to first-class facilities.

We are also keen to house many of our academic spin-outs and student enterprises.

University Enterprise Zones

University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) bring universities and business together to increase local economic growth and innovation.


In 2019, we received around £1.4m from Research England to develop a UEZ, joining another 22 zones across the UK. We have since been awarded a further £250,000 of ERDF funding to develop and deliver a business support offer to residents.

Businesses and Partners

A number of successful businesses already call NETPark home, including radiation detection and medical imaging company, Kromek, and Durham spin-out company, Magnitude Biosciences. The University's Centre for Advanced Instrumentation are already co-located within the Orbit building, providing easy access to the Centre's instrumentation expertise.

We'll be working with our partners Business Durham, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, to make Orbit a success.

Get in Touch

If you think Orbit could be the place for your business to thrive then please get in touch to organise a tour of the facility or complete our expression of interest form. We look forward to hearing from you.