The GX project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth Programme 2014-20 for England.


GX project

The GX project is the legacy project of the Great Exhibition of the North. Led by NewcastleGateshead Initiative, and supported by the Innovation Super Network and Newcastle City Council, GX provides a range of opportunities for North-East SMEs and scaleups to support them in harnessing their innovation potential and capacity.

Innovation was at the heart of the Great Exhibition of the North, which celebrated our innovative heritage of the past and sought to support the North East’s innovative businesses of the future through the legacy GX project, which provides a programme of intensive business support, which runs until December 2019.

GX Events

We have a series of webinars coming up aimed at supporting SMEs with some of the issues they will currently be going through. Please sign up below to attend. If you would like to take part in any of these webinars please email
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GX Innovation Programmes

Apply to join one of our fully funded Innovation Programmes exploring the innovation success factors around on your product and your team. Each Programme takes place over three two-hour online group sessions.
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GX Grants scheme

The GX Project builds on the fantastic platform created by the GEOTN to promote the region and boost innovation-led economic growth.

The GX project delivers

  • A programme of workshops / events / webinars for SMEs to better understand and exploit information on emerging trends and sector developments
  • Innovation Challenges where local SMEs will work with corporates and innovation support partners to develop solutions to pre-defined challenges related to a range of topics such as urban revitalisation, independent ageing, mobility, and energy.
  • Innovation Business grants for specialist consultancy services to develop new products and services.
  • Collaborative partnerships between SMEs and research organisations which will increase the innovation capability -through access to R&D expertise- of local SMEs to enable them to develop new products or services to help grow their businesses.
  • Innovation Programmes which will bring together innovative businesses, provide specialist support and advice, and will increase innovation skills and connections, helping local SMEs develop their innovation ideas and grow their businesses.

GX Insight Report

Download and view the GX Project Insight Report to find out what the GX Project achieved in 2018 and 2019.

Citylife business support

GX is proud to support Citylife – a regional initiative to help SMEs affected by Covid-19. Eligible SMEs can access:
  • Up to 8 hours free support from Business & IP Centre Newcastle (BIPC) ‘Citylife Experts.
  • Workshops tailored to specific business needs.
  • A free events programme based on current business challenges, the funding landscapes, resilience and innovation.


Throughout this programme of activities, GX will also contribute to building a strong NE innovation network and showcasing local SMEs through key events creating connections and enabling access to new market opportunities.

SMEs will have to meet a range of criteria to participate in the programme:

  • Be based in the North East LEP area, and
  • be linked to one of the smart specialisation areas identified by NELEP: Passenger vehicle manufacture; Subsea and Offshore Energy, Life Sciences and Health; Creative, Digital, Software and Technology based services.
  • The project can also support SMEs working in areas of opportunities such as health innovation, business information modelling and immersive technologies.

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The GX project is delivered in partnership with

The GX project is part of the North East Growth Hub’s business support Provider Network. An online resource, home to the biggest range of business support and events for micro, small and medium sized enterprises across the region. The Growth Hub brings together all of the business support and access to finance that anyone from start ups to more established businesses looking to expand and grow would need together in one, easy to access, digital platform.