DBN EVENTS

DBN'S NEXT MEETING - 17th MARCH 2020

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

VENUE: TBC

We are in the process of confirming venue and some fantastic speakers!

Booking is now open!

JOIN DBN IN 2020

Dates for your diary for 2020

Tuesday, 21st January (08:30 start) - Black Horse Beamish, Red Row, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RW

Tuesday, 18th February (08:30 start) - The Owl & Otter, Dipton, NE16 6BA (Lintz Lane, just off the A692)

Tuesday, 17th March

Tuesday, 21st April

Tuesday, 19th May

Tuesday, 16th June

Tuesday, 21st June

Tuesday, 21st July

Tuesday, 18th August

Tuesday, 15th September

Tuesday, 20th October

Tuesday, 17th November

Tuesday, 1st December

LAUNCHPAD EXPO - OCTOBER 2019.

From Gary Scott: "I'm really proud of our members and their amazing drive, creativity and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who came to our LaunchPad Expo last month. We had a record attendance and our exhibitors proved that energy and innovation is right at the heart of our amazing business network.

"If you have a small business (or an idea for one), why not join our friendly and supportive group? We have monthly meetings, offer skills, funding, mentoring and training support (all delivered by DBN members). It's great value and you'll meet amazing people every month - guaranteed! So if you think networking isn't your thing, come to DBN and see for yourself just how useful networking can be for your business."

Don't just take our word for it, here's what our members said...

"Exciting and dynamic meeting as usual. Great to be there to share the launch of so many new products and services by member businesses. Can’t wait for the premier of DBN The Movie!" John Atkinson 
 
"Fantastic event this morning at Derwent Manor Hotel & mini expo with SME's launching new Products & Services." Paul Sparks
 
"Great to see such a wonderful turnout. Congratulations to all of the businesses launching their new product or service and a big thanks as always to the rest of our businesses who are truly amazing! If you haven't been to a DBN event yet, why not sign up for the next one!" Andrea McGuigan
 
"What a wonderful morning. We all know how much work goes into organising an event & it’s so very much appreciated - you’re a great team!" Brenda Beveridge
 
"What a great turnout for the meeting this morning. Thank you for all your hard work in bringing so many fantastic North East businesses together." Lee Quarzi
 
"A brilliant morning. I love the network as people are so friendly, even those you meet for the first time." Gillian Fortune 

"It’s days like these I have to pinch myself as I LOVE what I do and love meeting people!" Moira Barnes

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VENUES WHO HOSTED DBN MEETINGS IN 2019

Other Events

DIT UPCOMING WEBINARS (FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2020)

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.

OFFERS AND EVENTS AT HOTEL 52?

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?

BITESIZE BUSINESS – SHORT AND SNAPPY SESSIONS COMING TO COUNTY DURHAM

Following a successful pilot of the Bitesize Business Sessions at Consett, NBSL are now rolling out their workshop programme across Durham. New for 2020, a series of short sessions have now been developed exclusively for County Durham SME businesses to help improve their know-how on a range of business basics. 

The sessions, fully funded from the North East Business Support Fund, can cater for up to 10 people per workshop and are currently set to run until March 2020 and include topics such as ‘Pitch Perfect – Understanding the Importance of Sales Pitch Planning’; ‘Finding – and Keeping – Customers’; and ‘Understanding the Customer Experience’. Workshops will be taking place at the new Enterprise House (Seaham),  Innovation House (Bishop Auckland) and will continue to programme workshops at Viewpoint in Consett on 11 February with ‘Pitch Perfect’ and 10 March with ‘Leading by Example – the art of communication’.

John Atkinson, Business Funding Advisor for County Durham said: “We know that time and knowledge are two of the biggest pressures facing small and medium-sized businesses, so these short sessions are designed to allow business owners and managers to enhance their knowledge without being away from their day-to-day roles for too long. Places are limited and uptake has been excellent, so we would encourage anyone who is interested to sign up below."

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!

HOW TO SUCCEED AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXHIBITIONS

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 4 March: 09:15 – 13:30

VENUE: Commerce House, 1 Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 1DE

If you were disappointed at your performance at your last show or want to improve your performance at the next, this might be the workshop for you. The Department for International Trade North East in partnership with ProExtra have designed this interactive workshop with practical advice, hints and models to assist exporting Tees Valley companies to improve their performance and maximise conversion rates on the leads generated. By the end of the workshop, delegates will understand how to prepare better; implement and evaluate trade event plans to drive a return on investment and subsequent business growth.

For more information or to register click here.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN UK ROADSHOW 2020

DATES & VENUES: 9th March (Manchester), 10th March (Birmingham), 11th March (London), 12th March (Bristol) or 13th March (Cardiff & Belfast)

Want to get the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LatAC)?  Are you an experienced exporter thinking of expanding to a region full of vibrant and exciting markets?

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join the 2020 edition of our LatAC Roadshow.  Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for LatAC Jo Crellin and eight DIT country directors will be updating UK companies on the latest opportunities in these exciting markets.

For more information or to register click here.

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE TRADE MISSION TO COSMOPROF, BOLOGNA

DATE: 11th - 15th March 2020

Businesses from across the Northern Powerhouse are invited to register their interest to attend a trade mission to Cosmoprof Worldwide in Bologna, one of the world’s leading trade shows dedicated to all areas of the cosmetics and professional beauty industry. Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna consists of 3 linked exhibitions - Cosmopack, Cosmo Perfumery & Cosmetics and Cosmo Hair & Nail & Beauty Salon.

In 2020, ten panel discussions will deal with five main topics: future, trends, markets, digital and sustainability. More than 150 speakers from all around the world will inspire attendees on what to expect in the beauty world of tomorrow. The biggest experts in beauty, nails, hair and spas will exclusively look at the mega trends, technologies and treatments that will revolutionise the sector in the next ten years.

For more information or to register your interest click here.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION (SEO)

Stay on the pulse in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing with SEO (search engine optimisation) masterclass from the experts at Digital Drive County Durham.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, 12th March 2020 - 9:30 - 16:30

VENUE: Xcel Centre, 2 Long Tens Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AP

About this Event

Digital Allies' Managing Director Steven Parker, and SEO specialist Will Cook will host a full day workshop that will get you up to speed on the latest in the industry, so you can gain a competitive edge online and learn insider tips for the future.

Why attend?

The way Google evaluates and thus ranks your website is always changing, but this session will help you stay one step ahead. You'll be equipped with practical, easy-to-implement advice on how to engage effective, up-to-date SEO practices so you can attract more traffic to your site. 

  • Introduction to SEO
  • What is SEO?
  • How do the search engines work?
  • Crafting a co-ordinated keyword strategy
  • Writing content for the user and search engines
  • Achieving technical SEO excellence
  • Developing an exceptional outreach strategy and plan
  • Monitoring and understanding impact and effectiveness

Who should attend?

This session will be suitable for almost all levels of technical ability, but you should have your website set up (or almost ready to go live) and have access to make changes to the site yourself to benefit most from the day.

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE FUNDERS

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, 18th March - 16:30 - 19:00

VENUE: Derwentside College, Front Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5EE

If you are looking for funding for a project or for your organisation, please join us to find out about a range of funding and support services on offer locally. Organisations will be on hand to provide a range of information on funding available, marketing and promotional opportunities, support to access grants, digital advice, networking opportunities, employee support, business growth, training and much more.

We'll also be presenting details of the Consett Destination Development Plan and activities and opportunities that will be taking place in and around Consett during 2020.

  • 16:30 - Open for registration and refreshments
  • 17:00 - Welcome
  • 17:10 - Consett Destination Development Plan
  • 17:20 - Visit Consett opportunities
  • 17:40 - Funding & Support services carousel
  • 18:40 - Networking opportunity
  • 19:00 - Close

Partners involved in delivering the event include: Derwent Valley Partnership (AAP), Business Durham, Do Business Network, Project Genesis, Employability Durham, DurhamWorks, Digital Drive, NBSL, NEL, BEEP, CDC Enterprise Agency, RTC North and more.

To book your FREE place, please click here.

JOIN “TEAM DBN” AT THE STEEL TOWN WALK ON SATURDAY, 30TH MAY

Almost 140 places have already been allocated and for £12 you participate in the walk, get fed by the fabulous Knitsley Farm Shop and then dance the night away if you’ve any energy left!

I’d really like to see ‘Team DBN’. Along with myself, Gillian Fortune, Christine & Peter Thomas, John Atkinson and our very own Gary and John are taking part and we would love to see more members participating.

I’m also going to be talking to Gary about a DBN summer walk!

For further information, please click here.

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