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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Networking start up pivots to success with support from DABS

Networking start up pivots to success with support from DABS

Jeni Smith had 2020 all planned out: whilst taking some time off, she meticulously planned her new business venture, Networking Knowho, and was set to launch in March this year, but we all know what happened next.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and the country was forced into lockdown, leading to a whole bunch of activities that were no longer going ahead, amongst them – networking.

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Upcoming events

programme event Programme Growth through Strategic Partnerships

This interactive workshop will help you use strategic partnerships to drive growth. This workshop is for businesses up to 12 months of trading.

This workshop takes place over a half-day session on 30th November and another half-day session on 1st December.

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Online December DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

Join us for our next event on Wednesday 2nd December and hear from Matt Mahatme from Lixir Drinks who started up his business with his friend Jordan Palmer who were
both Newcastle University graduates and barman at the time.

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programme event Programme DABS Pioneers

If you are close to launching a new business and have a business idea in mind, then DABS Pioneers is for you. We can work with you to sense-check your idea, explore the market potential and customer experience to really refine your ambitious business model. We will help you to get started on a firm foundation with a view to scaling up and growing your business.

This workshop takes place over a half-day session on 10th December and another half-day session on 11th December.

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Latest news from DABS

DABS December DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

December DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

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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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