And over the next five years, the Helix will become home to university researchers, big businesses, startups, and hundreds of residents – along with some of the best food and drink outlets in the city. It’s a core part of Newcastle’s plan to deliver 14,000 new jobs by 2030 and one of the biggest regeneration sites in the UK.
Newcastle is already one of the UK's fastest growing tech hubs. The industry-led Dynamo network has more than 150 member IT organisations, large corporate employers in the region, consultants, technology hubs, education providers, local government and suppliers to the industry. The Analyst Network North East (ANNE) is a network where analysts from the academic, public and private sector can connect and exchange ideas on quantitative and qualitative analysis.
There are fantastic transport connections. Newcastle International Airport is a key economic driver with more than 80 routes and airlines including Emirates, Air France, British Airways, and KLM. There are superb rail links too with more than 30 trains a day to London and direct routes to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.
It’s conceived to help accelerate the commercialisation of your new ideas and enable businesses to thrive through collaboration. This faster concept-to-market timeline is facilitated by co-locating with our unique combination of SMEs, corporates, researchers, PhD students, National Innovation Centres, specialist events and Newcastle University.
We have dozens of passionate, like-minded businesses of all sizes based here – from start-ups to multinationals. And the community is growing every month.
Brands like Iksuda Therapeutics, a biotechnology company based in The Biosphere, focused on developing next generation Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) for difficult-to-treat solid tumours, including ovarian, lung and breast cancers.
Or Changing Health, a health technology company based in The Catalyst, providing personalised behaviour change programmes for Type 2 diabetes management, prevention and weight loss.
Or a global name like Red Hat, an open source software company based in The Catalyst, who revolutionised the operating system with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and today have a broad portfolio to help companies adapt as business becomes more digital and interconnected.
Connections for business
Newcastle is already one of the UK's fastest growing tech hubs. The industry-led Dynamo network has more than 150-member IT organisations, large corporate employers in the region, consultants, technology hubs, education providers, local government and suppliers to the industry. The Analyst Network North East (ANNE) is a network where analysts from the academic, public and private sector can connect and exchange ideas on quantitative and qualitative analysis.
The North East also has a higher density of life science companies than London and hosts numerous research and innovation platforms supporting the whole bench-to-bedside pathway.
Collaborations between businesses and Newcastle University’s world-leading data science, urban science and life science researchers, ground-breaking innovations have secured Newcastle as a buzzing international tech hub. And Newcastle University Business School is right next door. Businesses at the Helix can work with the Business School through collaborative research, consultancy services and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
It’s also brilliantly well connected. Newcastle International Airport has more than 80 routes, with direct flights to other business hubs including Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin. The airport is just a 26-minute train ride from Central Station – which itself is right in the centre of the city and just 11 minutes on foot from the Helix. You can also get the train directly to London, with 30 trains every day. While within Newcastle, our Metro system has 60 stations, making it easy to avoid rush hour traffic and get to where you need to be.