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Digital Drive County Durham
Drive your business forward and do more with digital technology. Digital Drive is a fully funded programme of business support for County Durham SMEs, including 1-2-1 advice, digital health checks, workshops and grant funding, hel
Tech Nation empowers ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector.
Digital Manufacturing Programme
Developed and delivered by the Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley (NETV) the Digital Manufacturing programme has been created to support manufacturing organisations to experience, explore and adopt emerging technologies.
Sunderland Software City
Coding, Design and Digital Marketing Skills
Offering training in tech, data, design, business, and other areas
Digital Catapult Centre North East and Tees Valley
UK's leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, driving early adoption, making UK businesses more competitive and productive.
North East Business Support Fund Masterclasses
Transform your business with a two day Masterclass, and find out the tips, tricks and shortcuts to growing your business.
Northumberland Business Services Ltd (NBSL)
Creative Fuse North East
Creative Fuse North East offers several strands of business innovation support, tailored to digital businesses, creative enterprises, artists, freelancers and beyond.
Creative Fuse North East
BIC IT Services
An affordable and fully managed IT service with state of the art IT infrastructure to support all of your digital and technology needs.
North East Business and Innovation Centre
Business Growth Coaching
At CDC Enterprise Agency, we can provide the help and support you need to grow your business. We specialise in helping newly micro businesses achieve their goals.
CDC Enterprise Agency
Advice for Pre-Starts
Our expert team of business advisors can support you as you take the leap into self-employment.
Small Business Forum
An online business forum for SMEs to get help and support with filing taxes, paying taxes and with using digital services in general.
HM Revenue & Customs
Arrow - Innovation for SMEs
Arrow aligns the needs of SMEs with Newcastle University's people, skills and funding.
In line with our 'Smart Specialisation' areas, Arrow's target sectors are:
Life sciences and healthcare
Durham Flexible Support Programme
Available to SMEs with a B2B remit based in Durham County, that need a helping hand to understand what innovation means for them.
Apprenticeships in business and industry
Remit help businesses recruit and train their teams through apprenticeships, in the following sectors: Automotive, Business, Food Manufacturing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, IT & Digital Technology.
Doing Business Guides
The Institute of Export & International Trade 'Doing Business Guides' are designed to advise and assist UK companies when looking to trade with and invest in opportunity-rich overseas markets.
Institute of Export and International Trade
Supply Chain North East
Supply Chain North East works with businesses who want to diversify, broaden their customer base and unlock new market opportunities
IT-Based Skills Development
IT training and networking events and support for North East business owners
Dynamo North East
NE Skills Engine
Developing courses that are driven by employers to increase productivity and prepare for participation in the Northern Powerhouse
NE Skills Engine
Pathways to Innovation
Pathways to Innovation is a programme designed to help SMEs protect and commercialise new technologies, products, services and processes and access new markets.
Attract fresh talent and develop graduate-level expertise in your organisation to grow/create your pool of highly skilled employees
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
Candidates will work full-time in your organisation while supported by the University, while studying towards a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management Practice
Retrain, regain, retain
Retrain, regain and retain an older workforce through mid-life career reviews, courses and training.
National Careers Service
Fuller Working Lives
Gateshead College offer free training which is delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support.
The NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator gives businesses like yours the power to start, scale and succeed.
Access grants of up to 40% towards the cost of digital technology projects with Digital Drive County Durham.
Gigabit Voucher Scheme
Through this scheme SMEs can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Crowdcube is a crowdfunding platform where a community of like-minded people pool their money and knowledge to back start-up, early and growth-stage businesses.
Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme
This project is an intensive support programme for SMEs in the North East and Tees Valley area. The programme will directly connect with SMEs from the smart specialisation sectors with the region’s University research expert
Mercia Technology Investment
Mercia Technologies provide investment for UK-based high-growth technology businesses.
GX Grants Scheme
The GX Project builds on the fantastic platform created by the Great Exhibition Of The North to promote the region and boost innovation-led economic growth.
Great Exhibition of the North
Northern Accelerator Fund
Support for entrepreneurs who are embedded at the earliest stages in the universities' research-based spin-out companies
25th - 25th July
Useful apps - the ultimate marketing toolkit
More details to follow soon...
Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
7th - 7th August
Bring new life to your blogging
Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
16th - 16th August
Email marketing webinar
This event is part of the Digital Drive County Durham programme, part funded by Business Durham and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Eligibility criteria apply - businesses must be regis
Meet the Advisor - Is Automotive Right for You?
The Supply Chain North East (SCNE) Programme is empowering North East businesses to diversify their offering, expand their customer base and unlock untapped opportunities in new markets – are yo
RTC North, Sunderland
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21st - 21st August
Designing Images with Canva
Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe
County Durham Business Support and Funding Carousel
Business Durham and Durham Business Opportunities programme are hosting the first of two County Durham Business Support and Funding Carousel events at the Bishops Suite, Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham on
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Business Durham and Durham Business Opportunities programme are hosting the second of two County Durham Business Support and Funding Carousel events at Riverside Suite, Emirates Durham Cricket Ground,
Emirates Riverside, Durham
15th - 15th October
Introduction to Marketing
What is it?
This workshop provides delegates with the required information to create a marketing plan which will drive the growth of their business, which will include digital marketing, e.g. onlin
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
North East Growth Hub welcomes new Connector
Former International Trade Advisor, Craig Harrison, appointed as Growth Hub Connector.
4th March 2019
2 MINUTE READ
Unleashing North East business potential through divers
Now, more than ever, businesses need to futureproof their existence and long term future.
25th February 2019
In conversation with EU Exit Data Protection Taskforce
What businesses need to do in the event of a no-deal Brexit to ensure they continue to be compliant with data protection law.
20th February 2019
Trade Mission Success Story: Discovery Design
Digital firm Discovery Designs shares its experience of joining an International Trade Mission with DIT
30th January 2019
Unlocking the North East’s Scale-up Potential
The Entrepreneurs’ Forum successful Scale-up Leader’s Academy is endorsed by the ScaleUp Institute
30th November 2018
3 MINUTE READ
North East Brexit Consensus
As negotiations continue, the North East Brexit Group restates the region's priorities.
5th November 2018
Real Mentoring Story: Partnerize
Will Goff, Director of US Customer Operations, explains how Growth through Mentoring inspired a move overseas.
30th October 2018
Our Apprenticeship Experience: Lookers
Matthew Clay, Group Qualifications Manager, and Kirsty Pickering, Apprentice Technician, discuss their experiences.
5th October 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retain: ENGIE
Emma Bacon, HR Business Partner, talks about their Fuller Working Lives programme
9th August 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retrain: Sunderland Software City
Find out how Sunderland Software City are retraining the older workforce for new careers in the Digital and Tech sector.
26th July 2018
Self assessment made easy
Want to complete your 2016-17 tax return and don’t know where to start? Let HMRC help.
30th January 2018
4 MINUTE READ
Mentoring: the importance of a good match
“Being a mentor has built my own confidence and given me an insight into other industry sectors...."
10th October 2017
Developing digital literacy to grow your business
Digital technology has vastly changed the workplace for all types of business, not just those in IT or the tech sector.
20th September 2017
6 MINUTE READ
Mind the skills gap
Cast a critical eye over your to understand how the skills present in your team make an impact.
1st September 2017
Eight secrets to worldwide sales success
The internet has made the whole world into a marketplace for a wide variety of products and services.
21st August 2017
5 MINUTE READ
Exporting tales: UK Heritage Rugs
Rural County Durham business UK Heritage Rugs has seen business soar after deciding to sell special designs overseas.
New International Trade Advisors to help your business
Work with North East Worldwide to take your business overseas
7th July 2017
Finding and using IP in your business
Businesses of all shapes and sizes should invest in intellectual property (IP), it's not just for big business.
24th May 2017
Make the most of your customers
It costs more to attract a new customer, than to sell more to an existing one - that's why upselling matters.
18th May 2017
Analysing your competitors to plan your next move
Identifying your competitors and understanding their strengths and weaknesses will help you to carve out your niche.
12th May 2017
9 MINUTE READ
Want to know what exactly innovation is? Read on...
21st April 2017
Doing business with the public sector
Finding and winning work in the public sector needs planning and organisation. Here's our guide.
3rd April 2017
7 MINUTE READ
Five digital trends that could change your business
These 5 digital technology trends could change the way you do business, no matter how large or small your business is.
22nd March 2017
How it affects me: The Apprenticeship Levy
It’s important for all businesses who employ people to know what the Apprenticeship Levy means for their business...
8 MINUTE READ
The fundamentals: finance and funding
Good financial management is the cornerstone of every business – without it, you can’t survive, and with it you thrive.
13th March 2017
3 ways to keep collaboration strong as your company exp
Growth is a good thing. But it can make working together more challenging...
8th March 2017
Marketing traditional businesses in a digital age
Even as a more traditional business, family run butchers Stirks have embraced social media wholeheartedly. We find out why...
28th February 2017
Food and drink,
4 things you need to profit from digital transformation
There are four basic things you need to consider when building the data foundation of your business
23rd February 2017
10 MINUTE READ
The fundamentals: sales and marketing
An introduction to all the principles of sales and marketing you need for your business.
30th January 2017
18 MINUTE READ
Government is open for business
If you’re one of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses, find out how to become a supplier.
2nd December 2016
Making a marketing plan
Need to get your products and services in front of customers? A marketing plan is what you need.
30th November 2016
All about social media
Want to engage with social media but not sure what's right for you? Here's a lowdown.
24th November 2016
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