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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Explore business support

Explore business support

Other funding and support available to support you in starting or growing your business in County Durham.

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Steam Machine Brewing Company: brewing their way to business success

Steam Machine Brewing Company: brewing their way to business success

Nick and Gulen Smith have travelled the world but in the last five years, they embarked on their most intrepid journey yet, from complete business novices to co-founders of a successful brewing business.

With support from DABS delivery partner TEDCO, Nick and Gulen turned their home brewing hobby into a successful business.

Read Steam Machine’s story

Upcoming events

programme event Programme Innovation & Opportunity

This interactive workshop will use a range of technology, tools and principles to help you to effectively identify, evaluate and validate new business opportunities. We will support you to build an architecture that allows innovation to thrive throughout your business, while managing the risks of disruption. We have a range of design thinking and lean validation methods to help you to maximise potential opportunities and income streams.

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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. We have some great tools and techniques to help you to turn your ideas into real commercial opportunities using design thinking, innovation and the potential of market disruption.

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programme event Programme Digital Business Model Innovation

This interactive workshop will help you to identify ways to improve your profitability and productivity through the use of digital tools. We will work with you to improve your ability to implement new business models, conducting an audit of your current business model and generating ideas for innovation through digitalisation.

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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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