DBN EVENTS

DBN'S NEXT MEETING - 18th FEBRUARY 2020

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 18th February 2020 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

VENUE: Mountsett, Burnopfield, NE16 6BA (Linz Lane, just off the A692).

Further details to follow.  Booking opens shortly.

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) - Mountsett, Burnopfield, NE16 6BA (Linz 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 (JANUARY & FEBRUARY 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!

REACH UP TO 21 MILLION CUSTOMERS PER MONTH IN GERMANY WITH real.de

WEBINAR DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

TIME: 10:00

DURATION: 1 hour

Join us to learn about real.de, the fastest growing and third largest open online marketplace in Germany. 

This webinar will not only teach you the steps you need to take to be able to sell on real.de, but also give you a good understanding of the current German B2C e-commerce market and some hints on how to successfully sell online in Germany.
 
Real.de is looking for online sellers across a wide variety of categories including: home and living, sport, baby and kids, garden, electronics and more.
 
Join our webinar here.

EXPERT ADVICE & INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL SEO TO ATTRACT VISITORS FROM OVERSEAS FOR E-COMMERCE

WEBINAR DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, 23rd January 2020

TIME: 10:00

DURATION1 hour

The Department for International Trade is partnering with Barrett Dixon Bell (DBD), bringing UK businesses the opportunity to gain valuable insights from SEO specialists.

With the global e-commerce landscape rapidly expanding, international SEO is critical to reaching potential customers overseas. This webinar will help you understand how to optimise your website and effectively signal search engines.

You will learn how to:

  • Build an SEO strategy and elevate your online brand presence to reach global potential customers
  • Increase website traffic from multiple international markets to generate more sales
  • Identify keywords with high search volumes
  • Create a seed list on your on-page SEO
  • Increase your EAT score to improve your SERP ranking
  • Localise your strategy to further brand reach per country
  • Integrate social media and turn likes into sales
Join our webinar here.

EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CREATIVE AND DIGITAL SECTOR

DATE & TIME: Thursday, 23rd January 2020 – 14:00 – 16:30

VENUE: TusPark, 27 Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5JE

The Department for International Trade North East in partnership with TusPark would like to invite you to an event designed to explore the export opportunities available for the creative, digital and tech sectors in the region. Discover the support available in the North East to help you sell your services overseas and the key markets to focus on.

Hear from Jason Knights, Blue Kangaroo and Paul Lancaster, Founder & Director of Plan Digital & Newcastle Start up Week who will share their experiences of trading overseas. Creative England will also be in attendance to showcase the support services available in the region to help companies grow their business overseas. This event will be a great opportunity to enhance your export potential and meet with likeminded businesses within the service sector.

For more information or to register click here.

LOVE SELLING WITH MOIRA

A new change at Moira Barnes Sales Consultancy. The ever popular #sellingwithheart workshop is moving to running once a quarter only. This immersive 3 hour workshop is for every business owner who doesn’t yet love selling. Over the course of the 3 hours I will help delegates change their selling mindset and understand the art of the sales conversation. By the end of the session everyone leaves with fresh ideas and a clear sales vision.

At only £80 you can’t afford not to come along! But be quick to book onto this quarter's session - January 29th 2020 taking place at Viewpoint, Consett Business Centre.

Just click here for more information.

OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES IN HIGH GROWTH MARKETS

DATE & TIMEWednesday, 29th January 2020 – 09:15 – 13:30

VENUE: Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR

By identifying and prioritising certain overseas markets, exporters of products and services can develop a more effective international strategy. During this interactive masterclass we will look at the countries exporters have traditionally targeted and focus on the new market opportunities for future development.

Over the next three years small emerging economies are forecast to outpace the powerhouses of China and India in terms of economic growth. We will look at the world’s fastest growing economies – where are they and do they represent the real opportunities for UK exporters.

For more information or to register click here.

REACH MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS IN ITALY WITH EPRICE

WEBINAR DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, 29th January 2020

TIME: 10:00

DURATION: 1 hour

Learn more about ePrice.it, the leading online marketplace in Italy, and how you can use this channel to reach millions of customers. Originally known for consumer electronics, gaming and office supplies, ePrice now covers a much broader range of categories including books, media, toys and home improvement.

During this webinar, you will hear directly from the platform about the Italian e-commerce market, their customer profile, business model, seller requirements and other key information to sell successfully on this popular channel. 

Join our webinar here.

MAKING SENSE OF LATIN AMERICA - A DOWN-TO-EARTH GUIDE FOR EXPORTERS

DATE & TIMEThursday, 30th January 2020 - 12:30

Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) North East and Gabriela Castro-Fontoura, Uruguay-based Director at market entry consultancy Sunny Sky Solutions for a free 30-minute lunchtime webinar. The webinar is a great opportunity to gain insight into Latin American markets covering the opportunities available to North East exporters, where to start, how to beat competition and what not to do when working in the region. Nynzi Maung, DIT North East will also briefly introduce the Virtual Export Manager Scheme. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the webinar to ask questions specific to your business.

For more information or to register click here.

CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH WILLOW BURN

Join Willow Burn and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2020 as we celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat at The Pavilion in Iveston with a fabulous four course banquet in Chinese styling. Enjoy the tastes of Oriental with each delectable course and have a fun evening with friends as you support two local charities.

Tickets are just £35 each, grab them whilst you can you don’t want to miss our celebratory soiree. Tickets are available from Paul Jackson (07957 871 106) or Rachel Todd (rtodd@willowburnhospice.org.uk). Proceeds to be split between both charities. Booking in advance is essential.

ROUTES TO GLOBAL MARKETS

DATE & TIMEWednesday, 5th February 2020 – 09:15 – 13:30

VENUEDurham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR

There are many routes to Global Markets and which one you use depends on your export experience and the countries you are targeting. In this interactive masterclass we will look at traditional export markets and the emerging high growth markets. We will discuss the alternative routes into these countries and which may be most appropriate to initially open up and then develop international business.

We will review the ways to access traditional export markets, and then look at the latest reports on the high growth economies which provide significant opportunities in the future. This workshop will provide companies with the information to develop an effective and successful market entry strategy for each country that has been prioritised.

For more information or to register click here.

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