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Jobs Fair at Derwentside College

Richard Holden MP will be hosting a ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs’ Fair on Friday 17th September 2021 between 10am and 3pm at Derwentside College (Front Street, Consett).  This event is aimed at those seeking work, as well as employers who are looking to take on new staff and apprentices from September onwards. Those organisations wishing to promote future employment opportunities are also welcome to attend. The event is free for both attendees and stall holders so if you would like ...

July 22, 2021

Our first Beamish micro meeting - a huge success!

It was our very first DBN micro meeting at BEAMISH MUSEUM today with DBN members Phil Benton, Peter Jackson, Ann English , Owen Weightman, and Jane Anderson PhDThank you to Matthew Henderson, Retail Development Manager at Beamish for showing us the new Beamish retail stall - all items on this stall are supplied by local small businesses 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻The feedback from members has been fantastic and so we are arranging more dates for the comi...

July 22, 2021

DBN Member Niriko Art has been working with the BBC!

DBN Member Noriko Matsubara recently announced that she's been working with CBeebies for the BBC. Noriko is an artist and children's author & illustrator and we regularly feature her amazing work in our monthly newsletter.  Her commission with the BBC started back in January 2021 but it only been recently that she's been able to share her great news with us now that CBeebies have launched their new Storytime App.Noriko said, "Yes, I've been working with the BBC! I've been quiet ab...

July 16, 2021

DBN NEWSLETTERS 2021

DBN Newsletter - 15th January 2021 DBN Newsletter - 26th January 2021 DBN Newsletter - 2nd February 2021 DBN Newsletter - 15th February 2021 DBN Newsletter - 22nd February 2021 DBN Newsletter - 2nd March 2021 DBN Newsletter - 9th March 2021 DBN Newsletter - 26th March 2021 DBN Newsletter - 13th April 2021 DBN Newsletter - 4th May 2021 DBN Newsletter - 2nd June 2021DBN Newsletter - 1st July 2021 The North East Support Fund is open again!  Read more here. Would you like to join our mailing li...

July 16, 2021

International Speaker at DBN

We have much to celebrate this month; New member announcements, birthday celebrations, awards, funding updates, breakout room networking and Jason Tiller from Rocketspark is dialing in from NZ to talk to us about how to productise your services! Make sure you book your place: https://bit.ly/3iHn7iR PS: If you have a special announcement you'd like to share at our July meeting, please email us at connect@dobusinessnetwork.com See you all soon! Mel, David & Gary...

July 13, 2021

CE MARK, 6 MONTH COUNTDOWN TO UKCA & UKNI

With only 6 months (until 31st December 2021) to go until it will be mandatory to use the new UKCA marking (UKNI for Ireland) for products that currently require CE Marking, new guidance has been produced by UK Government.  Please see detailed step by step guidance and one page guides for both UKCA and UKNI as well as a FAQ document. Work is currently being done to translate guidance into other languages so that businesses can make their overseas clients aware of the changes, as there is cu...

July 2, 2021

GILLIAN FORTUNE - NO-NONSENSE STRESS-BUSTING FOR BUSY PEOPLE

Calling all busy people living in County Durham:A free stress-busting video programme from The No-nonsense Stress-Buster! Enrolling starts 25th June and ends 8th July 2021....

June 30, 2021

3D Virtual Spaces

What do historic art treasures, hi-tech manufacturing, kitchen showrooms and properties for sale all have in common? They can all be experienced and explored using 3D virtual reality. In this DBN podcast Owen Weightman of 3D Virtual Spaces chats with Melanie Cant about his “leap of faith” into self-employment and how it has helped him to achieve a perfect work / life balance as well as gaining some exclusive access into normally restricted places. Listen to Podcast here: https://bit.ly/...

June 30, 2021

Meet Cathy Chapman, Travel CounseIlor

In this DBN podcast Cathy discusses her career journey into self employment using the skills and knowledge she gained in the travel industry over many years. Cathy started her career in the travel industry, left to raise a family and enjoyed a long career as a secondary school teacher before returning to the travel sector again. From personal travel support to film stars to arranging family holidays and business trips, Cathy is a one-stop travel service. Cathy chats about the importance of custo...

June 30, 2021

Liz Peart of Beamish Museum discusses the challenges and opportunities for major visitor attractions in 2021

What happens when one of the North East's biggest and most iconic visitor attractions has to close its doors during a pandemic?Liz Peart of BEAMISH MUSEUM chats with Melanie Cant of DBN on the impact of the Covid crisis on the museum, how it is reopening, expanding and how the crisis has been met with resilience and innovation.  Liz also discusses how businesses can work in partnership with the Museum and the many health benefits associated with visiting their exten...

June 23, 2021

FREE DIGITAL TRAINING IN THE NORTH EAST

A fully funded Digital Training offer for employed individualsBusinesses can use this to upskill their workforce or employed individuals can nominate themselves.  Training available includes:Smart Digital - Entry levelEssential Digital Skills for Work (EDSQ) - Entry level 3Essential Digital Skills for Work (EDSQ) - Level 1I/ECDL qualifications at levels 1-3Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications in Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint. There is an information event regarding this every Thu...

June 14, 2021

LOCKDOWN CARTON #39 - NINJA MUM

I like wearing turtle necks.  They keep my neck warm.  But they have another function. . . .  Here is this week's cartoon.Noriko, Noriko Art...

June 3, 2021

JO LONG: JUST ONE WORD . . .

I was walking Milo (my dog) the other day & finding myself coming face to face with another walker went to step to the side, which he promptly stepped to as well. We did that little dance around each other, reflecting moving from one side to the next with slightly awkward laughter.  The gentleman opposite me then said: "Amazing minds think alike" What a way to max the impact on an already well-known phrase?  Yes, we were two minds.  Yes, we thought to do the same as each other, an...

June 3, 2021

GILLIAN'S TOP TIP

This week's top tip from Gillian Fortune helps us to tackle procrastination - How to stop putting things off.Click here to watch Gillian's video....

June 3, 2021

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR LEGIONS OF THE MOON

My publisher WriteSideLeft has nominated my first novel for the prestigious annual Crime Writers' Association Sapere Book Historical Dagger award.  These awards are, of course, the Oscars of the crime/thriller fiction world.  Winners announced in the autumn. A historical thriller set in County Durham 1,800 years ago, Legions of the Moon is available on Amazon and other outlets.  Click here to take you to Amazon.  Also available on other sites!Peter...

June 3, 2021

CRAFT CARPENTER WILL CARTER

Newcastle City Council recently uploaded this video showcasing the talents of DBN’s very own craft carpenter Will Carter.Watch Will's video here....

June 3, 2021

MAGS AT RED BUTTON MARKETING AND TRAINING

We love creating lightbulb moments for the amazing people in business we work with.  With our unique scientific approach to strategy, we will empower you with ideas, motivation and help you elevate your business to the next level.  And don’t forget that we are offering 2 for 1 on our training workshops for DBN members.  Click here to watch Mags' video. Mags...

May 31, 2021

KNOWING YOUR FINANCIALS IS VITAL FOR SUCCESS IN 2021

The uncertainty of last year is in the rear-view mirror, but a bumpy road still lies ahead.  More than ever, businesses need to understand and manage their finances to navigate the new terrain of 2021, not just to survive but thrive.2020 lost some great companies, and the years to come will take more.  So how can you begin protecting yourself and your investments when the landscape is still shifting below your feet?Our friends at Xero have pulled together some essential tips to conside...

May 31, 2021

CORONAVIRUS: HOW TO STAY SAFE & HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD

Find out how how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. From: Cabinet OfficeLast updated: 19 July 2021Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) England has moved to Step 4 While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.  This is why we are keeping in place key protections: testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplac...

May 27, 2021

SME BREXIT SUPPORT FUND

Hi everybody,If you haven’t already made use of the “SME Brexit Support Fund” please see the email below.  You can claim back 100% of the £2,000 cost of this export support through the SME Brexit Support Fund.  To find out more please click here.Regards, Paul Sparks, Department for International Trade The transition period following the UK's departure from the EU finished on 31 December 2020, meaning there are new rules and requirements that UK firms need to meet in order t...

May 26, 2021

EMPLOYMENT CHANGES IN 2021

There are a few key changes this year for employers to be particularly aware of.New Immigration SystemFrom 1st January 2021 a new immigration system applies to individuals arriving in the UK for the first time.  EEA citizens (this includes EU citizens) and Swiss citizens moving to the UK for the first time from this date to work will need to obtain a work visa in advance.Employers planning to sponsor workers from outside the UK will need to apply for a sponsorship licence in advance.The Gov...

May 26, 2021

TYNEDALE BEER FESTIVAL

Brenda Beveridge Wills & Trusts Ltd are really looking forward to sponsoring this great local (Consett) beer at Tynedale Beer Festival this year!We hope this is of interest to DBN members and if so we could all end up in the VIP tent together on the Friday! Karen and Brenda, Brenda Beveridge Wills & Trusts Ltd...

May 26, 2021

VINTAGE AND FLOWERS

A few words about Vintage and Flowers A local business in Ebchester, growing flowers and selling vintage!  As we move out of Covid, I will be offering workshops - including - Yoga, Flower Arranging, Papercutting, Mindfulness with Leonna . . . hoping for painting too!Cut flower garden offering organic, sustainable fresh flowers and foliage from the garden.  Flowers available for florists, local customers, brides, events or just because you love flowers!  Now offering workshops!&nbs...

May 26, 2021

THE NORTH EAST BUSINESS SUPPORT FUND

The North East Business Support Fund has been extended through to March 2023 and is open again for applications.  NBSL have been able to secure further investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the value of £1.6m to support 730 businesses. John Atkinson has recorded a podcast for DBN about the Support Fund which gives lots of helpful advice and tips on how to ensure you get your grant application right first time, what information is needed, eligibility criteria, pro...

May 26, 2021

WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER CHALLENGING A LOVED ONE'S WILL?

A quarter of British adults are now willing to challenge a relative's Will in court if they disagree with the division of the estate.  A survey of family law specialists identified 'undue influence' as the most common grounds for contesting a Will. In an increasingly litigious world we have to be ever mindful as to how we can protect our clients from future challenges.  Working with Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd we ensure we keep very comprehensive records of our instruction-...

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