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 DABS Labs

If you are at an early stage of developing a new business but you haven’t quite firmed up your business idea, then DABS LABS is for you. This innovative workshop will help you to shape and build confidence in your idea and potentially generate new income streams.

This workshop takes place over a half-day session on 28th January and another half-day session on 29th January.

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Online February DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

Grab a drink and join us from 5.30pm to network with your peers and hear from our inspirational speaker Dan Foskett, co-founder and CEO of Flooring Superstore.

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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 11th February and another half-day session on 12th February.

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Latest news from DABS

DABS March DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

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Join us on Wednesday 3rd March for our DABS online Social Live and Learn Networking event, with our guest speaker […]

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DABS helps Clare write her own story

13/01/2021

Durham based start-up Aniseed Creative is off to a great start, finding new clients and a supportive network through the […]

DABS February DABS Social Live and Learn Networking Event

February 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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