Healthcare and life sciences
Northumberland is home to an impressive array of healthcare, life science and pharmaceuticals businesses, and we have a growing presence in biotechnology.
Leading companies include Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Piramal Healthcare, Angel Biotechnology, SCM Pharma, The Specials Laboratory, Covance and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD).
The UK is a world leader in advanced engineering, and it is at the heart of the Northumberland economy. Our capabilities range from mechanical engineering, through advanced composite materials to pipeline technology, as well as unique niche products.
Leading engineering firms based in Northumberland include Hardy & Greys, Draeger, AAF, TVS Cramlington Precision Forge, CMP and Miller UK.
Energy: oil & gas and renewables
Our engineering skills, proximity to North Sea energy resources, port infrastructure and easy road access have made Northumberland a natural home for the UK’s offshore energy industry. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) is located in Blyth, giving Northumberland a pivotal role in the development and commercialisation of offshore renewables.
Industry-leading companies include National Oilwell Varco, PII Pipeline Solutions, Archer, Dunlop Oil and Gas, Techflow Flexibles, IHC Merwede, Applied Superconductor, Avid Technology Group, Narec Solar and Vattenfal.
Northumberland has a long manufacturing tradition which is maintained by a diverse group of outstanding businesses. Skilled local labour, excellent transport links and access to regional universities and centres of excellence all contribute to a great business environment.
Key companies include Advanced Electronics Ltd, Alnmaritec, EGGER UK, Kilfrost, Procter & Gamble, Renolit, SCA, TT Electronics and Thermacore.
Food and drink
Food and drink plays a vital part in the modern Northumberland economy, with global brands like Coca Cola and General Mills and long-established local firms such as Simpsons Malt.
Rural Northumberland is capitalising on growing demand for distinctive, high quality, locally-sourced food: Culpitt and Silvery Tweed are examples of successful niche producers and products like Craster Kippers and Lindisfarne Oysters have an international reputation.