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

DABS helps Durham entrepreneurs launch vegan food sourcing app

DABS helps Durham entrepreneurs launch vegan food sourcing app

Some things make for a perfect pairing. Tea and toast. Batman and Robin. Kirk and Spock. And now Mizi and McQueen.

Meet Ibrahim Mizi and Reuben McQueen, co-founders of Bionix Technologies and partners in an innovative vegan venture, FoodForage, and another local startup to benefit from advice and support by the Durham Ambitious Business Start-Ups group (DABS).

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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.

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Planning for business success

Planning for business success

Independent financial advice duo, Tristan Burd and Rachel Denham, are off to a flying start with their business Sandringham Financial Partners Darlington, thanks to support from the Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups (DABS) programme.

Operating as part of a network of financial planning professionals, Tristan and Rachel took the leap into self-employment in June and have since been busy planning and growing their new business.

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Berry Education goes digital to offer more support services for Academy Trusts

Berry Education goes digital to offer more support services for Academy Trusts

Berry Education is an education support service specialising in business functions and governance development for academy trusts. Director Claire Mitchell opened the doors in September 2020 after seeing a gap in the education support market.

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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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