Helping launch successful new businesses in County Durham

Do you want to turn a great idea into a successful business? Have you started a business but need help putting your ambitious growth plans into action?

If you’re based in County Durham the DABS programme has been specifically designed to give ambitious individuals like you the support and guidance you need to start and grow your business.

Whatever challenges you are facing, don’t do it alone. See the range of support available to pre-start and early stage businesses.

Start your business

Start your business

Turn your idea into a reality. We can help launch your success.

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Grow your business

Grow your business

How can you turn your business into a multi-million pound success? Let us support you.

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Events

Events

Come and develop your business idea and connect with fellow entrepreneurs.

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DABS helps Clare write her own story

DABS helps Clare write her own story

Durham based start-up Aniseed Creative is off to a great start, finding new clients and a supportive network through the Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups (DABS) programme.

With 25 years’ experience in graphic design and branding, Clare Lavelle took the leap into self-employment in July 2020 after working with TEDCO, which runs the DABS programme, to give her the solid foundations her business needs.

Read Clare's story

Upcoming events

programme event Programme Customer Analytics for Growth

This highly interactive workshop will help you to steal a march on your competitors. We will help you create an understanding of the power of data, analytics and artificial intelligence and how this can really drive growth in your business. This will give you the foundations for cultivating an analytics-based mind-set and help you to explore ways to embed this across your organisation.

This workshop takes place over a half-day session on 18th March and another half-day session on 19th March.

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programme event Programme DABS Sprint

The DABS Sprint is an intensive, but bespoke 28 day fast track start up programme designed to take you from an idea to being business ready over a 4 week period. The programme contains 4 half day live facilitated workshops which will enable you to put your business idea through its paces; we will help you test your business model and design the end to end customer journey plus a lot more. Workshops are complemented with personal 1-2-1 meetings with your dedicated business advisor.

If you are serious about starting up an ambitious business that you want to grow and scale then this innovative programme is for you!

This workshop takes place over four half-day sessions. The first on the 25th March, second on the 26th March, third on the 15th April and final session on the 16th April.

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Online April DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

Join us on Thursday 1 st April for our DABS online Social Live and Learn Networking event from 5:30pm, with our guest speaker Josh Callon owner of mobile speciality cocktail company The Swordmaker.

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  • Jenny Halford

    Durham Ambitious Business Start-Ups is all about increasing ambition, raising aspirations and helping a new breed of businesses to reach their full potential!

    Jenny Halford, Business Durham
  • James Craft

    “We’re really excited to be helping new and young businesses in County Durham to thrive!”

    James Craft, TEDCO
  • Jenny Halford

    The fresh approach of DABS will furnish entrepreneurs with the support they need to build scalable businesses in this new ‘low-touch’ economy. I want to see a lasting legacy of great businesses that County Durham can be proud of.

    Jenny Halford, Business Durham

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