Free impartial, expert advice from representatives from Business Durham, North East Funds, Digital Drive and Dept. of International Trade

About this Event
FREE business opportunities and advice is available for local firms in and around Station Town, East Durham. A quartet of experienced dedicated business advisors from Business Durham (Guy Bashford), North East Funds (Andrew Gibson), Department of International Trade (Paul Sparks) and Digital Drive Programme (Stephen Fenwick) to over businesses free and impartial advise to help businesses grow.
Collectively all four business advisors has over sixty years’ experience helping firms to spot opportunities and is now offering free support to help East Durham on a host of areas.

The kind of help available for local companies includes helping businesses find new customers/suppliers , business networks to business funding and loan options to exporting advice to possible grants and support on how to help businesses take advantage of new digital technology.
“We are looking to help County Durham based businesses big and small reach their full potential. This could be small firms with two or three employees, or larger companies with hundreds,” Guy says.
“There are so many opportunities out there for businesses to expand, but owners often don’t have the time or resources to find them – that’s where we come in.
“If your business hasn’t taken up free support before, then all it takes is a short conversation to find out how I can help. – so please come and join us.”
For further details contact Guy.bashford@durham.gov.uk or book a place and we will see you there.

The first business advisor drop in session is being held at the sleek new build East Durham Business Centre, Station Town, TS285HD

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Below you will find local funding providers in the North East as well as other contacts who can offer business support.

  • Funding of up to 40% towards marketing & web design etc from providers NBSL & Digital Drive.
  • Fund manager NEL which are committed to strengthening our local economy by providing tailored funding solutions to small and medium-sized businesses right across the North East of England.
  • Business Durham which is the economic development organisation for County Durham, delivering the environment for business and economic growth.
  • BEEP team have been brought together to help County Durham’s SMEs achieve financial savings through energy efficiency and energy awareness

 The North East Rural Growth Network supported the creation of the digital enterprise hub by awarding a capital grant to the project. The RGN secured £6 million capital investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) Growth Deal – Local Growth Fund in 2015 to support businesses in the rural areas of Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland until 2020.