OUR BIG PROGRAMME OF EVENTS, NETWORKING & MASTERCLASSES FOR 2021

'DO BUSINESS' NETWORK - A LIVE NETWORKING MEETING - CHRISTMAS 2021!

DATE & TIME: Thursday, 9th December - 10:00-12:15

Wow!  What can we say about our first physical meeting.  Great to be back at Beamish Museum.  Booking is now open for our final meeting of 2021.

10:00 -  Arrival at main entrance and all walk (period transport for those who prefer it) to the Welfare Hall for tea/coffee and bacon butties (if you have any dietary requirements please let us know) and brief welcome from Melanie and Liz.  Catering staff will set up in advance and then depart to minimise their risk.  Welfare Hall will need to remain open to the public during this time and side doors to be left open to increase air flow.  Some deck chairs will be put up outside if the weather is fair for those wishing to bring their dog.

11:00 - Walk to the 1900s Town where Matthew will deliver a brief talk about how the museum has diversified its retail offer during the pandemic.  If wet this may need to be held under the bandstand in Town Park or in the Masonic Hall (tbc).  Following this members would then enjoy a look around the Town and have an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping at the market stall, in the bakery, chemist, sweet shop etc.

12:15 - all meet outside the park gates and walk back up to the entrance (if members prefer to use the period transport they would of course be free to do so).

Please note that numbers are limited (if the meeting is sold out, we will start a reserve list - if you book and cannot attend, please let us know asap so we can allocate your ticket to someone else - we know, from previous experiences, that numbers for Beamish Museum are always high and we sell out very quickly).  We suggest that you need to wear appropriate clothing for the weather plus sturdy, comfortable shoes.

This meeting is primarily for DBN Members, but we have released a small number of tickets for non-members - there is charge of £10 per ticket (limited to ONE person per non-member company). The payment is to cover your breakfast charge.

Statement from the Museum: "At Beamish Museum the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers always comes first and, effective from Tuesday, 30th November, it will be compulsory for visitors, staff and volunteers to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport (unless exempt). We request that masks are worn within all of our indoor exhibits and on board our transport.”

BEAMISH MUSEUM SMALL NETWORKING SESSIONS

As we are Beamish Museum business members, we have a pass that allows up to 5 people entry into the Museum.

We thought it would be a great idea to offer this pass to DBN members who would like to network in a small group of 5 - this is a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about each other's business
  • Tell each other what business opportunities you're looking for
  • Discuss collaboration
  • Get to know each other on a personal level
  • Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Beamish Museum
  • Snap and share: take a pic of your unique networking morning / afternoon and tag each other into your social media.

You MUST be a DBN member to register.

Places are given on a first come first served basis.

If places are booked for your preferred date, you'll be given another date as an alternative.

Please register your interest via the form opposite.

Register your interest here:

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A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS & FRIENDS WHO CAME ALONG TO TONY'S AFTER DARK EXPERIENCE!

WHAT OTHER MASTERCLASSES WOULD YOU LIKE DBN TO ORGANISE?

Feedback from our masterclasses has been brilliant and we'll be making previous ones available online to our members soon.  In the meantime, we'd really appreciate your thoughts and ideas for future events.  Please let us know by filling in this survey, it will only take a minute.

FREE EXPERT BUSINESS ADVICE, SUPPORT AND MENTORING FOR BUSINESSES IN CHESTER-LE-STREET

If you run a small business, it’s important to get some extra help, guidance and support from time to time.  So, we are thrilled to announce that we have secured funding to offer hands-on mentoring support to businesses in the Chester-le-Street area.

We have experts waiting to give you the personalised, free advice you need covering the following topics:

  • Planning your future business journey
  • Better social media and digital marketing
  • Successful sales techniques
  • Getting your business online and selling online
  • Using video and images to make your business stand out and look great
  • Recruiting, managing your suppliers, talent and people
  • Cashflow and raising funds
  • Designing a new website and great marketing materials with real impact
  • Looking after yourself and your customers at work
  • Finding new customers and new markets
  • Successfully launching new products and services
  • Boosting your business self-confidence

To find out more about this programme, drop us an email to connect@dobusinessnetwork.com.

Gary, David & John

CAN YOU GIVE YOUR CUSTOMERS A BETTER ONLINE EXPERIENCE?

Introducing a new service for DBN members

How easy is it for your customers to find the products and services they are looking for and how easy is it for them to buy from you?

Here's how it works.  We invite a couple of our members to meet with you online to chat about what you want your website and social media to do for your business.  Over a few days they will visit your website and media pages as "shoppers" and then give you constructive feedback about what works and what could be even better.  We have a checklist of things to look for so it is consistent no matter who carries it out.

Please let us know if you would like us to check out your website or the social media pages you sell from and we'll set up an online meeting between you and your two "shoppers" so you can chat about what you need from your customer experience healthcheck.  Drop us an email at connect@dobusinessnetwork.com.

And if you volunteer to give feedback to one of our members, you get a gift sourced from a fellow DBN member as a thank you!  Another win-win.

WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE BUSINESS LOOK LIKE?

Book a 1-1 confidential Zoom meeting with DBN and let's get planning!

We're here to help you to "get your head around" where your business is going.  Simply drop us a line at connect@dobusinessnetwork.com to book your meeting with us on Zoom and we will take you through some future business planning and help to create an action plan for your business.  It's completely confidential.  And if you need extra support with a specific issue, we'll put you in touch with other DBN members for expert advice.

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