North Shields has excellent facilities for any business seeking to set up in or expand into.

North Shields has excellent facilities for any business seeking to set up in, or expand into, the town:

Businesses in North Shields are situated in a number of areas of the town – the main ones being:

  • The Fish Quay and the trading estates near it
  • The town centre
  • The Royal Quays Marina
  • The Royal Quays Outlet Shopping Centre
  • The International Passenger Terminal
  • The Port of Tyne North Estate Enterprise Zone
  • Tynemouth
  • East Howdon
  • The industrial and trading  estates between Norham Road and the A19; and the Coast Road Retail Park



Some of the country’s biggest chains have outlets in North Shields, while the town is also home to hundreds of independent traders and has a thriving bar, restaurant and café culture.

With so many professional services on hand, the help your business needs is never far away.

There is high quality, affordable office space, in particular in the town centre and Royal Quays.

There are several industrial and trading estates with fantastic facilities and units.

The Cobalt, which sits on the border of the town, is the UK’s largest office park.

The Beacon Centre, which is at the heart of the retail area in the town centre, has recently been renovated.

North Shields is home to many museums, parks, leisure centres, theatres, heritage centres and other entertainment venues which attract visitors from outside of the area.

Tynemouth was recently named ‘Best Place to Live in the North East’ by the Sunday Times.



With FOUR Metro stations in North Shields, there is easy, speedy access to Newcastle, Gateshead and further up the coast while a network of buses also allow for easy travel in and around the area.

Newcastle International Airport is close by and easy to get to by car.

The two Tyne Tunnels give fast road access to and from the south of the Tyne, while the North Shields ferry gets you to the other side of the river in just ten minutes.

Nearby motorways like the A1 and A19 allow direct travel to the south and up to Scotland.

Newcastle main line railway station, with fast direct trains to London, Edinburgh and the south west, is readily accessible.


The port

There is a daily ferry service to Amsterdam from the International Passenger Terminal.

North Shields has become one of the top ports in the UK for cruise ship transit calls, as well as turnaround cruises, with over 50 visits scheduled for 2018.

The Port of Tyne North Estate is an Enterprise Zone of 30 hectares and part of the North East Low Carbon and Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Zone.


Business support

North Shields has a thriving and active business chamber; businesses are also actively supported by the North Tyneside Business Forum.

Invest North Tyneside offers an extensive range of support services.   The North Shields Business Factory gives help, support and guidance to both new and established businesses in the town, some of which is fully-funded.

As part of the Carnegie UK Trust Twin Towns Programme, North Shields is twinned with Merthyr Tydfil, with businesses in both towns able to benefit from each other’s expertise.



A major college of further education has strong links with the business community.

Organisations like VODA, the Chamber and North Tyneside Business Forum are dedicated to making links between the educational, voluntary and business sectors.


North Shields is part of the North of Tyne Devolved Authority.


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