Here’s an update with news from our members and some useful information for your business.  We hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

It was great to see so many members and guests at our DBN Zoom Networking meeting last week.  As Ruth Jacobs said afterwards "It was lovely to see everyone, it's got to have been the quickest hour of the week".  How true Ruth.

Even if we have to meet online at present, there’s still an amazing sense of “togetherness” at our meetings.  We’ve always aimed to build a welcoming and inclusive business community and not just a boring old networking group!

This week we have two very different meetings, but both are “firsts”.  The first of our new monthly marketing mastermind hours and our first night-time event to learn out about the fascinating world of local archaeology and some of the slightly macabre finds . . .  Please come along and bring the family too.

Building partnerships to grow your business

It was great to attend the first international networking meeting of Unity Business Network last week.  I met up with businesses from Croatia, Canada, Slovenia, India and the USA and told them about the amazing businesses we have in DBN.  We’re hoping it will open doors to some great new partnerships for our members. Thanks to Filip and Marko for organising it.

DBN members are well known for forming partnerships and collaborating with each other, it’s one of the things we’re famous for!  I met online with Bernhard of Durham Coffee and Kaffeehaus Amadeus last week and he tells me that you can now buy Phil Benton’s calendars while picking up a first class coffee and cake from the café!


It’s so easy to turn to the major online retailers for festive shopping.  But this year we’ve decided to buy all our festive gifts from local businesses.  Please try to support your local businesses and buy gifts locally.  You’ll get unique gifts, made with care and thought and you’ll be supporting local people too!

The time is drawing near . . . for DBNs first meeting “after dark” . . .  Get your candles lit and those pumpkins carved and enjoy learning about the underground history of our fascinating area.  There’ll be some spooky stories and you might just win a prize too...

Hope to see you after dark this Wednesday . . .


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