In every major English city, you’ll find partnerships between global pharma and biotech companies, National Health Service hospitals, and research institutes at world-class universities.

Located in 15 areas of England, Academic Health Science Networks have been created to present a unique opportunity to align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation, training and education and healthcare delivery. Special initiatives to encourage international life science companies to locate in England include:

– Patent Box (reduced corporation tax of 10% on profits earned from UK-registered patents)

– Funding Access (major research schemes through government funding)

– Enterprise Zones (several health-focussed sites with special status)

Check out the strengths of some of England’s healthcare hotspots below:


Liverpool is attracting international healthcare businesses to locate alongside growing local successful companies. Billions of pounds are being invested in a health ecosystem that offers countless opportunities from research, drug discovery and clinical trials through to biomanufacturing.

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The region’s global leadership in health and life sciences is driving innovation in specialist areas such as: Infection, Precision Medicine, Children’s Health, Veterinary Science, Healthy and Independent Living, Big Data, Sensors and Internet of Things.

With hundreds of medical companies based here, the area is part of the Liverpool-Manchester life sciences corridor, which is considered to be one of the UK’s top three clusters of biomedical activity.

Liverpool has Centres of Excellence that facilitate powerful, productive collaborations between university academics and industry experts from around the world. These include several National Institutes for Health Research and Medical Research Council centres. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is one of the world’s most important centres in the fight against malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Research at the newly-built Centre for Infectious Diseases is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which was extended for another five years in 2016 when the Microsoft founder visited Liverpool.




One of only six designated UK Science Cities, Newcastle has an internationally-renowned reputation for medical sciences and sustainability. In the heart of the city, Newcastle Science Central is a 24 acre mixed-use site and our landmark location for science, business, living and leisure.


One of only a handful of designated UK Science Cities, Newcastle is home to three national centres – including the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, based at Newcastle Science Central, a 24-acre development in the heart of the city centre. Bespoke accommodation for life science companies and the medical reputation of a world-class university, is making the city a magnet for research and development, with Newcastle consistently ranked as a top location for clinical trials.

Cutting-edge facilities include the International Centre for Life and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

The North East has an established pharmaceutical cluster accounting for £632m of the region’s GVA, whilst Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust topped the table for a fourth consecutive year, undertaking the UK’s largest number of clinical trials, recruiting almost 12,500 patients.



Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sheffield provides businesses with the opportunity to capitalise on our significant expertise in user centred design, novel materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to develop new products and services for the healthcare sector.

With first class university expertise, the ability to engage with healthcare providers and a local support network, businesses are able to innovate and grow in the city.

As well as being home to one of the largest concentrations of orthopaedic, medical device and surgical instrumentation companies in the UK, Sheffield has a growing community of digital and design solutions companies. We’re home to companies such as B Braun Medical Ltd, ADL Smartcare, JRI Orthopaedics, Symmetry Medical, and Swann Morton.

Sheffield provides companies with a prime opportunity to:

– Capitalise on regional strengths in rapid prototyping, 3D printing, materials, coatings, and design and implementation of novel materials and manufacturing technologies.

– Access a comprehensive manufacturing supply chain which is able to operate from the nano-scale to large scale precision engineering.

– Collaborate with universities, research companies and development organisations with considerable expertise in a range of disciplines including human centred design, electronics, diagnostics, additive manufacturing, robotics, digital healthcare applications, biomaterials and tissue engineering.

– Take products from concept to commercialisation and navigate regulatory approvals by working with specialist organisations including Devices For Dignity and Medipex.

– Engage in research trials in partnership with the Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust – the UK’s largest NHS Foundation Trust with international recognition for its work in neurosciences, spinal injuries, and orthopaedics.

– Take advantage of an integrated healthcare community connecting industry, academia and healthcare providers through organisations such as Medilink Yorkshire & Humber and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.



Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is fast becoming a major centre for medical and healthcare technologies expertise. Our skilled people, our facilities, R&D and low cost base make this an ideal location for medical and healthcare companies.

Keele University and the Royal Stoke University Hospital are both respected for their research expertise in areas such as clinical trials, bioengineering and therapeutic stem cells and tissue engineering. The Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine combines the research activities of basic science and clinical academics working within the NHS at three hospital sites and the main campus at the University.

Keele University Science and Innovation Park offers a range of property options – from lab space to design and build as well as support for accessing R&D. Companies already based on the Park include Cobra Biologics, a leading international contract manufacturing organisation of biologics and pharmaceuticals; and Erigal, part of Europe’s leading independent medical imaging specialist Alliance Medical. In 2016, the latest phase of the park, Innovation Centre 5, will be completed, providing high quality office and workshop accommodation.

Local hospitals include Royal Stoke University Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, that is undergoing a major £370 million investment programme that will enhance its partnership with Keele University with state-of-the-art facilities.




Essex is located at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Innovation Corridor, positioning businesses within Europe’s largest life sciences cluster with 37 world-class research centres and 1,400 businesses.

Essex’s state-of-the-art Research and Business Parks offer fast connections to both Cambridge and London via the M11 motorway. These strategic business locations provide life sciences companies with direct access to world-class people, knowledge, funding and collaborative networks, at significantly lower cost than either Cambridge or London can offer.

Essex’s life sciences and healthcare cluster comprises around 300 companies specialising in the following areas:

– Research, development and manufacture of medical devices

– Biotechnology

– Pharmaceutical products and preparations

– Natural science and engineering research

Essex’s strategic location – between London and Cambridge – provides businesses with direct access to world-leading centres of life science research and development.

In Essex, labour costs for a typical Life Sciences research centre are up to 30% cheaper than in comparable UK and European locations. For office accommodation, Essex can deliver cost savings of up to 85%.

Essex can provide high-specification research, technology and business park accommodation for Life Sciences and Healthcare companies, including:

Chesterford Research Park – one of the Cambridge cluster’s key research and development locations – just 14 miles from Cambridge city centre

Harlow Enterprise Zone – strategically located between London and Cambridge, with direct access to the M11 and Stansted Airport

– MedBIC Business Innovation Centre – located on Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for medical and advanced engineering technology businesses.