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21st and 22nd October

10:00am - 1:15pm

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Are you looking for some inspiration and motivation to get started on your journey of entrepreneurship?

Log on to the online DABS Festival of Enterprise on the 21st and 22nd October and hear from a fantastic line up of successful business owners and skills trainers who will help to inspire, motivate and educate you to be successful in what you do.

Whether you are already in business, thinking of starting your own business, or just looking for some new ideas to help you progress in your career – this is an event you must attend!

We can’t wait to hear the inspirational stories from our fantastic keynote speakers which we are sure will inspire, motivate and educate the audience.

View the event programme in full


Event Speakers

Teri Ellington
Ellington Timepiece

Ellington Timepiece Ltd was created by twenty-four-year-old, Teri Elizabeth Ellington. The unique watch line was born in 2017. Designing watches from her bedroom, the Sheba Collection was created.

With her last eighty pound after losing her job two months before Christmas, Teri started the business with her first design, The Grey Sheba.

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Stefan Thomas
Professional Speaker

Stefan is the author of three Amazon bestsellers, ‘Business Networking for Dummies’, ‘Instant Networking’ and ‘Win The Room’.

He has spoken at conferences across Europe and is trusted by his clients including BT, Lloyds Banking Group, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Telecom Plus Plc and many more.

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Jake Newport
Finnmark Ltd

Jake, who is originally from the North West, moved to Durham to start his business Finnmark Sauna with his brother Max. At first, he was working full time and running his business in his spare time getting up at 6am and not finishing till midnight most nights. He then decided to take the plunge, left his job, and got a £5,000 loan to help start his business.

Hear how he grew his business and how County Durham is the best place to start up a new business thanks to the finance and support available in the region.

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Jimmy Cregan
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

In 2010, Jimmy created Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, a range of awesome ready-to-drink iced coffees which can now be found in the best fridges across the UK and beyond.

He started the business with his sister Suzie and they now lead a team of over 20 crew, have 6 products and counting and do some great stuff helping the younger generation become inspired to do awesome things.

Hear how Jimmy grew his business and his products are now available in over 5,000 stores.

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About the Festival

The online festival will be so much more than a zoom call, we can replicate all aspects of a live event into a digital format. Built on world leading technology, we have the ability to turn physical events into virtual ones, without losing out on the engagement and interactivity which makes them special.

You will be able to have the same experience as attending a virtual event and be able to navigate your way round the portal to create your own unique experience. Whether you want to listen to speakers, visit our exhibitors/sponsors on their stand or have one to one meetings with other delegates.

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