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For innovative businesses, at the forefront of tackling big challenges such as ageing, medicine and sustainability, the power of networking is crucial.

Newcastle is home to a number of successful networks and the location of countless events designed to support science and technology businesses at every stage of their development.

Newcastle Science City’s hugely popular First Friday networking events are widely considered as ‘not-to-miss’ monthly get-togethers in which to meet new contacts and collaborate. The unique informal environment – created on the first Friday of each month at a city centre coffee shop – regularly attracts more than 100 like-minded businesses, entrepreneurs and academics.

For information visit First Friday

Newcastle has become the first city outside of London to boast a Business and IP Centre, based on the successful model of the British Library. Also a designated PATLIBUK centre – part of a Europe-wide network of patent information centres – the Centre provides a unique support network for entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses.

It offers free access to a comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property databases and publications, including general start-up advice, information on funding sources, market research, company data, business news and information on patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright.

Through a series of events, workshops and one to one coaching sessions, experts share their knowledge of business development and intellectual property all underpinned by high quality resources and staff support at the City Library.

For information visit the BIPC Newcastle site

Newcastle University Business School provides a programme of stimulating business related events throughout the year, open to students, alumni and regional, national and global business communities.

Through its engagement with regional, national and international business communities, professional associations, 3rd and public sector organisations, it offers a wide range of high profile networking events on a variety of relevant business topics.

For information visit Newcastle University Business School events.

Other business organisations such as the North East Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and CBI host a calendar of business events and provide networking opportunities throughout the year, as well as those organised by sector specialists such as ….


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