Dates for your Diary 2019

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December).

Breakfast meetings are from 08:30 - 10:00 (b)
Early evening meetings are from 17:00 - 18:30 (e)

19th November (e)
3rd December (b)


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 19th November - 17:00 - 18:30.

VENUE: Willow Burn Hospice, Howden Bank, Lanchester, County Durham, DH7 0QS.

This month we're focusing on Health and Wellbeing for Busy Business People

Our next DBN meeting is at the inspirational Willow Burn Hospice where our theme will be Health and Wellbeing for Busy Business People!

Running a business can be a very rewarding experience.  It provides income, offers greater lifestyle flexibility and can be a big boost to your self confidence as you prove to yourself and others that you can do things you never knew you could!

But running a business can be challenging at times and there are probably few business owners who haven’t felt stressed or isolated at some point.  So this month we’re focusing on how to look after our physical and mental well-being and staying on top form while meeting the challenges of running our businesses.  And also what to do if you’re starting to feel a little overwhelmed…

Earlier in the summer we set up some specialist groups in DBN and we're inviting the members of our Health and Wellbeing Group to take the lead at our November meeting with lively discussions, tips and ideas for everybody.

There'll be plenty of networking on the day and we'd love everyone to bring a small item (gifts, chocolates, toys etc) to donate to the Willow Burn Nurses Christmas Fair which takes place on 23rd November.


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 3rd December - 08:30 - 10:00


Ho, ho, ho - 'tis that time of the year again for our Christmas meeting.  We always have it nice and early as we understand how busy December can be.

Other Events


All the webinars are free to UK companies.
You can expect to:

  • receive help and advice to sell overseas with confidence
  • gain new skills and knowledge
  • discover solutions to specific challenges to exporting
  • get your exporting questions answered by the experts

How long are the webinars?

Our experts usually present for 25 minutes and allow 35 minutes for answering your questions and helping you find solutions to any barriers you may face.

Look through the list to find the webinars you would like to attend.

Each link will connect you to a webinar registration form so you can receive your unique link to join the upcoming webinar.


For a list of current offers and events at Hotel 52, please click here.

Did you know that Hotel 52 are now offering their conference room free of charge for DBN members?


As part of the North East Business Support Fund Programme, NBSL are launching Bitesize Business – short, snappy, knowledge-packed sessions to fill your business brain!

With time and knowledge being two of the biggest pressures facing SMEs in County Durham, we’ve programmed a range of sessions to help improve know-how on a range of business basics.

Launching on 24 September, County Durham businesses can apply for a place and pick from a range of topics – choosing the most appropriate for you and your business.  Subjects include:

  • Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers – find and keep your customers
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Sales (Keep on Selling)
  • Customer Experience Impact
  • To Tweet or Not to Tweet – Digital Marketing 101
  • Time Robbers – Time management for Business

Taking place at the modern Viewpoint, part of Derwentside Business Park on the outskirts of Consett.  Simply click on the link here and apply for a fully funded place now but be quick – there are only 8 places per session available!


DATES: 5th - 8th November 2019

Following last year’s successful trade mission, when companies from across the North of England were among the 70,000 visitors to SEMA, we are again offering companies the chance to attend the premier automotive speciality products trade event in the world.  This is a trade only event with no access to the general public.  It draws the brightest minds and newest products, also providing educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities.  Support from local and US-based DIT staff will ensure that you have the best experience possible.

For further information and to register, please click here.


VENUES: Kocaeli and Bursa, Turkey
DATES: 5th - 9th November 2019

Join this Northern Powerhouse trade mission to Turkey for just £99.00 which includes return flights from Manchester or Heathrow Airport*, accommodation and entry to the SANTEK exhibition as well as all programme activities.  The mission is ideal for businesses wanting to explore their opportunities in Turkey and showcase their expertise and innovations as part of the UK Pavilion on the Northern Powerhouse stand.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN) invite you to join the Future Manufacturing trade mission led by the Rt. Hon Lord Janvrin, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Turkey.

The mission will visit the two main cities within the Marmara region: Kocaeli and Bursa.  Kocaeli is home to some of Turkey’s largest enterprises, including four technology parks, three research institutes and a recently opened IT valley.  Bursa is the manufacturing base for the automotive industry in Turkey along with defence, space and aviation industries.

Who should attend?

UK Businesses and Universities/Research Centres with an interest in exporting to the energy, electricity, electronics, automation, automotive, chemicals, ports, shipyard and maritime, machinery production and manufacturing industries in Turkey, specialised in the following areas:

  • Innovative Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Industrial Automation
  • IoT/Big Data
  • Robotics
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality

Reasons you should attend and key events of the visit

Kocaeli, 6th - 7th November

  • Attend and exhibit at the UK stand at SANTEK Industry & Technology Fair
  • Market briefing by DIT and SIN Turkey
  • Match4Industry
  • B2B Meetings and networking opportunities throughout the event
  • Site-visits organized by the Kocaeli Chamber of Industry
  • Networking reception
  • Gala Dinner hosted by the Kocaeli Chamber of Industry

Bursa, 8th November 

  • Briefing by the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Presentations by UK companies
  • Networking lunch
  • Site-visit

The trade mission is an ideal way for your business to gain valuable market insight and meet valuable contacts.

Don’t miss out on this great offer and see how joining a trade mission could get your business ahead of the competition with increase overseas sales.

* Please note, you will have the choice to either fly from Manchester or Heathrow Airport. Outbound flights will take place on 5th November and return flights on 9th November.

The non-refundable cost to attend the mission of £99.00 plus VAT will secure your place on the mission and covers return flights from Manchester or Heathrow Airport, accommodation, entry to the exhibition as well as all programme activities.


DATES & VENUE: 11th – 15th November, 2019 - Shanghai

Join this Northern Powerhouse-led mission to Food Hotel China (FHC) 2019 to explore the variety of export opportunities in the largest grocery market in the world.  This week-long programme focuses on the food and drink market in Eastern China and the key cities of the Yangtze River Delta.

For more information or to register your interest click here.


DATES: November 2019 (Companies wishing to take part have the choice of joining one of two groups (17 - 19 November or 19 - 21 November).

VENUE: Düsseldorf, Germany

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites healthcare and life sciences businesses from across the Northern Powerhouse region to join this trade mission to the leading international trade fair for the sector. Medica will offer businesses a platform to showcase Northern expertise, network with key industry professionals and connect with overseas buyers.

For further information and to register, please click here.


DATES: 18th - 21st November 2019

Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) at the Smart City Expo, where executives, city representatives and academics from around the world meet to explore a better future for our cities.  Smart City Expo World Congress is the leading international event on urban development, with over 21,000 attendees and 800+ exhibitors from over 700 cities.  Smart City Expo World Congress exists to empower cities and collectivise urban innovation across the globe.  Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities.

For further information and to register, please click here.


DATES: 19th - 22nd November 2019

Latin America offers a wealth of opportunities to companies and right now the region is looking for UK expertise in the infrastructure, construction, rail, aerospace, consulting and design industries, as well as other related sectors.

The opportunities are particularly relevant to well-established companies with export experience and the capacity to invest in establishing relationships by visiting overseas contacts and partners.

To help your business establish long-lasting trade relationships in the region, we have developed a Northern Powerhouse Premier Trade Mission programme which will identify key opportunities for your business and connect you with the right contacts in market.

Colombia and the UK have a strong relationship with total trade worth £1.3bn in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2019 and export of goods and services from the UK of £625 million in the same period.

The country also ranks highest in the Latin America and the Caribbean region for “ease of doing business” and is ranked at place 34 globally. With projects such as the new airport at Cartagena, the Metro in Bogota and the Central Railway concession on the horizon, Colombia is a place to consider as your next target market and could be your gateway to Latin America.

Joining delegates will benefit from the following programme activities:

  • Welcome briefing with DIT Colombia
  • Full access to the 16th National Congress of Infrastructure (CCI) exhibition, worth over £700
  • Meeting space availability
  • Access to translators on selected seminars at CCI
  • Pre-arranged company visits
  • Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with key industry and DIT Latin America contacts
  • One-to-one match-making event
  • Visit to local infrastructure projects
  • Invitation to a UK reception
  • Ambassador reception
  • Access to buyers
  • Discounted hotel rates
  • Access to pre-mission webinar

Why you should join the mission:

  • Support from DIT in Latin America and specialised sector teams
  • Access to 130 overseas staff in 17 countries across the Latin America and the Caribbean region
  • Funding to help towards the expenses of the mission for eligible companies
  • Support throughout the mission from our experienced trade mission staff and International Trade Advisers

The cost to join the mission is £199 plus VAT, which covers all programme activities. It is the delegate's are responsibility to book and pay for their own flights and accommodation but may be eligible to apply for a travel grant with their local DIT office.

With a steady GDP growth, a recently signed trade continuity agreement which will protect a trade flow of £2.1 billion and lots of major projects in the region, this is a mission not to be missed.

Click here for more information or to register your interest.


With only a few months to go until the festive season begins, we have released our Christmas 2019 Brochure!  If you’re starting your Christmas plans early and looking for things to do with the family near you this Winter, from Christmas to New Year- at Pazzo, there will definitely be something to take your fancy.

Our Brochure will take you through what’s on at Pazzo this Christmas.  Our Christmas Fayre Menu and Santa’s Grotto are back by popular demand and we are also offering some brand new festive events.

Click here for the Pazzo Christmas Brochure.