DBN Events

A note for your diary . . .

Date & Time: Tuesday, 21st May 2019 from 08:30.

A reminder about our next business and networking event . . .

Further details will follow shortly.

Networking for Introverts Workshop - Friday, 3rd May

Networking for Introverts Workshop

Friday, 3rd May - 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Derwent Walk Inn, Ebchester Hill, Consett, County Durham, DH8 0SX

Light breakfast and refreshments included.

£10 for DBN members and £15 for non-members.

"I hate business networking…"  For many of us it simply doesn't feel comfortable to go into a room filled with strangers who perhaps already know each other and then try to break into their conversations and tell them something about your business.

If this sounds familiar, this is the workshop for you.

We'll have three experts to help you get the most out of networking events without trying to turn you into an extrovert.  We'll also bust the myth of the "professional networker".

Colin Ellis will help you to turn your introversion into a great networking asset.  Suzanne Milbourne will help you to relax and handle networking situations better and Gillian Fortune will help you to boost your confidence when networking.

Please come along to this workshop and get more out of business networking events.  Places are limited and we'd recommend booking as soon as possible.

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)

21st May (b)
18th June (e)
16th July (b)
20th August (b)
17th September (b)
15th October (e)
19th November (b)
3rd December (b)

Other Events

DIT Upcoming Webinars (March to June 2019)

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.

Department for International Trade - The Brexit Deal Explained

The Brexit Deal Explained

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is at the heart of EU Exit delivery. We are responsible for helping businesses export, driving inward and outward investment, preparing to negotiate market access and trade deals, and championing free trade.
To help the British public and businesses understand what the deal will deliver, Her Majesty’s Government has launched the ‘Brexit Deal Explained’ website.  
This website explains the Withdrawal Agreement, which sets out the terms of the UK’s smooth and orderly exit from the European Union, and the Political Declaration, which sets out a framework for the UK’s ambitious future relationship with the European Union that delivers in our national interest.
Here you can find out what the Brexit deal means for our:

  • Economy
  • Jobs
  • Security
  • Free trade
  • Businesses
  • Borders

Please visit the The Brexit Deal Explained website to learn more about the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration.

YOU CAN EXPORT: Scale and Grow Your own eCommerce Website Webinar

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, 23rd April: 10:30 – 11:30

This webinar will look at the pros and cons of the routes to markets for retailers wanting to grow their product sales. The focus will be on how generate direct sales from your website. Explaining how to "internationalise" your site to attract global customers this webinar will take you through the steps you need to take to expand your international sales faster and more effectively whilst also protecting your profit margins. 


Adorn your most exquisite masks, dress in your finest attire and be prepared for a night of decadence and luxury. 

Enjoy a sumptuous evening of fine dining and entertainment, and the chance to win some luxury prizes in our auction.

Tickets are £49 per person, with tables of ten available. To book your place call Wayne Bonarius on 01207 529 224.


Hello there, I’ve just released dates for the next Selling with Heart workshops which are May 3rd, June 26th and July 22nd.  

The workshop is designed to help small business owners, who despite knowing sales make the money in business, dislike the idea of selling or feel uncomfortable.

My aim with this workshop is to help shift our mindset and by the end of morning we will have covered the seven steps in the sales conversation and leave delegates understanding that they aren’t ‘getting’ from clients but ‘giving’. Everyone will leave with fresh ideas and a fresh perspective that will have a real impact on their sales strategy.

The workshops are taking place at the Digital Sparkles office in Consett. Tickets are £50 and are available via my FB page (just look under "Upcoming Events") or by clicking on the image to the right.

Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to OTC 2019

VENUE: Houston, Texas, USA

DATE: 6th - 9th May 2019

Join us at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) as part of a Northern Powerhouse delegation. OTC is the place where industry professionals meet to exchange ideas to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters including oil and gas. OTC gives you access to cutting-edge technical information at one of the industry’s largest equipment exhibitions and allows you to network with leading industry professionals.


We will be starting to open on Friday Nights from mid May onwards for a selection of cocktails, beers, wines and some lovely light food.  Our launch event takes place on Friday evening, 10th May, 6:30 – 9pm. - please see details below, or click here.


Saturday May 11th, 19:00 – 23:55

Old Elvet Masonic Hall, Durham City

Please come and support us at our very first Building Self-Belief CIO Fund Raising Charity Dinner. The night will be filled with great food and excellent entertainment - whilst raising money for a brilliant cause.

  • Prosecco Reception
  • Four Course Meal 

If you would like to sponsor the event, we have a variety of packages available. We would also be grateful for any raffle prizes for the event.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

The Team at Building Self-Belief

The Steel Town 20 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

The Steel Town 20 is a 20 mile walk around the Derwent Valley.  It is also the flagship walk of the Consett Hiking Group and a celebration of the fantastic countryside that surrounds us.

This will be the 3rd Steel Town 20 and we expect around 200 participants.  Most will walk the 20 miles but those not wanting to walk that far can choose to walk 7 or 12 miles and end there.

The route begins and ends at Allensford.  Heading up the Derwent Valley towards Comb Bridges and Crooked Oak before turning towards the Derwent Manor and dropping down to Shotley Bridge.

From here we follow the river along to Newlands and then Ebchester along to Blackhall Mill.  We head up out of the valley and join the Derwent Walk leading us back to Consett over the site of the Old Steelworks and then down to Allensford.

After the event, participants will be transported to Consett Cricket Club where food will be available as well as drinks and evening entertainment in a marquee.

All participants will receive certificates and food as well as entry into the event for an entry fee of £10.

For more information or to join this years Steel Town 20 Challenge group contact the Consett Hiking Group by email, plus see our Facebook page.  If you would like a copy of the application form, please email us as soon as possible so that the organisers can know exact numbers and we can forward a form to you.