Helping you take your new business to the next level

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You’ve taken the big step of starting your business and the first 12 months are critical. How do you continue to develop your business in line with your vision?

DABS modules for new-start businesses are designed to combine expert guidance and practical hands-on approach to evolve your ambitious business model that will drive growth, make your business more robust and maximise opportunities through different topics and strategies.

Make sure you have the best support team. Register for DABS >

Support for pre-start businesses

How DABS helps early stage businesses

  • Fully-funded SME business growth programme

    Fully-funded SME business growth programme

    Helping you to build on your early successes and foster new opportunities for growth.
  • COVID-19 response support

    COVID-19 response support

    Helping you to adapt and innovate in the ever-changing marketplace.
  • 1-2-1 support and mentoring

    1-2-1 support and mentoring

    Bespoke support with an experienced business advisor.
  • Connect with like-minded new entrepreneurs

    Connect with like-minded new entrepreneurs

    To aid collaboration and support across County Durham.
  • Insights from sector experts and contacts

    Insights from sector experts and contacts

    Providing focussed recommendations to help your business immediately.
  • Guidance on new opportunities

    Guidance on new opportunities

    To help you seize market advantage in your new start-up.
  • Access to the online digital portal

    Access to the online digital portal

    To provide you with useful tools and resources to support your business.
  • Entry to the ‘Festival of Enterprise’

    Entry to the ‘Festival of Enterprise’

    Your chance to learn from key note speakers and other successful start-ups in the region.

DABS Early Stage Support

You’ve taken the big step of starting your business and the first 12 months are critical. How do you continue to develop your business in line with your vision?

Our DABS programme for new-start businesses offers ambitious business owners like you the support and know-how to make your business more robust and identify opportunities to grow.

DABS modules are designed to combine expert guidance and practical hands-on approach to evolve your business model that will drive growth and maximise through different topics and strategies. Our series of modules include:

Exploring New Opportunities & Design Thinking

Using Strategic Partnerships to drive growth

Customer Analytics for Growth

Digital Business Model Innovation

Innovative pricing strategies for Growth & Scale

Creating a resilient business structure

Testimonials

  • Jeni Smith

    “I’d recommend any eligible business takes advantage of this fantastic programme – you literally have nothing to lose and so much to gain!”

    Jeni Smith, Networking Knowho
  • Berry Education

    “The DABS process was really great, very positive, and I know that I wouldn’t have got as far in my business development without it.”

    Claire Mitchell, Berry Education
  • Jeni Smith

    “The DABS programme has been fantastic. Working independently from the comfort of my own home during lockdown has been invaluable.”

    Jeni Smith, Networking Knowho
  • Clare from Aniseed

    “When you’re starting up, you’re juggling a lot, wearing so many hats and it was overwhelming in the early days. The support I’ve received from DABS, being able to ask about anything I don’t know, has been keeping me on the right path.”

    Clare Lavelle, Aniseed Creative
  • Jeni Smith

    “I’ve had access to a great source of support and being able to get feedback on ideas, have someone to hold me accountable when needed, and the access to courses and information has just been amazing.”

    Jeni Smith, Networking Knowho
  • Berry Education

    “James at TEDCO signposted me to an incredible amount of useful information so I could hone in on effective business planning, generate investment and make the best use of our resources.”

    Claire Mitchell, Berry Education

Joining the DABS early stage programme

Am I eligible?

To join the DABS early stage programme, you must:

  • Have an early-stage SME based in County Durham which has been registered for less than 12 months.
  • Have the drive, capability and desire to grow your business rapidly.
  • Be willing to be challenged and explore opportunities to help you build the best business possible.
  • Have a high level of business integrity.

Sound like you? Register your interest in the programme >

Not for you?

Yet to start your business? Check out the DABS programme for pre-start businesses.

Not the right time? Contact our team to discuss your options.

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