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Arrow | Innovation Support

Growing your business in the North East of England can be a challenge especially in the current climate. 

Businesses in the region can access Arrow to help you innovate and grow through fully-funded short innovation projects in collaboration with four leading North East universities;

  • Durham University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Sunderland

The Arrow team will look at your organisation’s needs and will match your business with the expertise and facilities best suited to what the project requires.

Is my business eligible?

If your business is based in one of the areas below, you are eligible for support through Arrow;

  • County Durham
  • North Tyneside
  • Newcastle
  • Northumberland

What support is available to my business?

Support is fully funded for businesses and includes;

  • One to one time with experts
  • Innovation support
  • Research and development
  • Proof of concept and validation
  • Specialist data science expertise
  • Access to research facilities and equipment

Arrow support is fully-funded

There is no cost to your business for eligible projects. Arrow is part-funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which is a UK Government scheme that’s part of the Levelling Up agenda. The fund is providing £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The aim is to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities, supporting local business, people and skills.

North of Tyne Combined Authority (now administered by the North East Combined Authority) and Durham County Council are the lead authorities in their respective areas, and are the funders for this programme.

Arrow funders 


Driving change and delivering results

Arrow innovation projects are helping to speed up processes and break down barriers to success. We have already helped over 150 regional businesses to innovate and develop new products and services.

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