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How support and expert guidance is helping businesses in County Durham to flourish.

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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Business Durham boosts local businesses

Business Durham boosts local businesses

Collaboration is an important component of Business Durham’s activity.  We work with ambitious entrepreneurs to support their ideas into thriving businesses.

Seven County Durham entrepreneurs are on track for success after signing up for our support to help boost their businesses, covering a wide range of sectors including research, technology, catering, design, and education.

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Cutting edge flexible electronics developed

Cutting edge flexible electronics developed

PragmatIC has propelled itself into world leadership with its ultra low cost and thin flexible integrated circuits, supported by Business Durham.

The support from Business Durham has enabled PragmatIC to further develop its unique technology platform for flexible integrated circuits. These FlexICs are thinner than a human hair and ideal for introducing intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of everyday products, such as consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

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Ashgarth Engineering – making the most of business support

Ashgarth Engineering – making the most of business support

Consett-based precision machine components firm, Ashgarth Engineering, is just one of the many success stories that have benefited from local expertise and support.

Directors, Niall Ash and Paul Westgarth, have over 30 years’ experience in the sub-contracting industry, and started the firm in 2017 after the company they both worked for went into administration.

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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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