BCRC focuses on providing services in the marketplace to serve various types of businesses. BCRC works in a number of key sectors, including:-

Advanced engineering and materials
Advanced engineering and materials (AEM) incorporates the production and processing of metals and materials which are used in high-technology engineering applications. Many industries benefit from AEM technology including:

  • Metals
  • Aerospace and automotive
  • Oil and gas
  • Defence
  • Medical
  • Energy

Digital and new media
Yorkshire and Humber has the fastest-growing digital sector in the UK outside of London and is recognised as a leading centre of excellence in the digital and new media industries. These include:

  • Web design and creative
  • Film, TV, music and video
  • Games
  • Electronics
  • Animation
  • e-Learning
  • Enterprise software
  • ICT solutions and services

Environmental technologies
Environmental technologies not only help to reduce energy and resource consumption, and therefore create less emissions and waste - they also offer real business benefits by cutting costs and improving competitiveness. Business types covered under this category include:

  • Air pollution control
  • Waste management
  • Contaminated land remediation
  • Energy management
  • Renewable and low-carbon energy
  • Environmental monitoring and analysis
  • Environmental consultancy services
  • Noise and vibrations control
  • Recovery and recycling
  • Marine pollution
  • Cleaner technologies and processes

Healthcare technologies
Yorkshire and Humber is at the forefront of the UK’s latest advances in healthcare, making it one of the most important regions for the healthcare technology industry, and one of the fastest-growing nationally.

Yorkshire and Humber has one of the UK’s highest concentrations of medical device companies, superb specialist skills (especially in surgical instrumentation, orthopaedics and advanced wound-care), exceptional access to clinical trials, pioneering R&D, and Europe’s largest teaching hospital. Healthcare companies cover:

  • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Nutraceuticals (healthcare supplements, functional foods and vitamin and mineral supplements)
    • Medical biotechnology
  • Medical devices
    • Surgical instruments
    • Implantable devices
    • Medical and assistive equipment
    • Medical consumables
    • Prosthetics and orthotics

Food and drink
Yorkshire and Humber is the food and drink capital of the UK - the country’s largest food-producing region. Home to more than 15,000 companies (the largest concentration in the UK). The region has one of the largest concentrations of universities in Europe, and globally acclaimed research networks.

The region is a centre for seafood processing (the Humber is responsible for a massive 60% of the UK’s fish processing output). It produces almost a third of the UK’s beer. The ethnic food cluster is growing at a rate of 15% a year—and the speciality foods cluster is growing at around 35% (national growth is around 4%). The sector incorporates the following categories:

  • Manufacturer
  • Producer
  • Wholesale
  • Retail
  • Distributor
  • Hospitality

Cross-sector and diverse initiatives
In addition to the five priority sectors, there are a number of other sectors which also benefit from BCRC services.

  • Chemicals
  • Financial services
  • Construction
  • Logistics

Although we concentrate in these areas, we are not limited to these sectors. For more information about how BCRC can help please visit, call 0114 275 1283 or email