Dates for your diary for 2020

Tuesday, 21st January

Tuesday, 18th February

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


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


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!


Having a fresh pair of eyes looking at your business can help you see potential opportunities to sell more that you may have overlooked.  We will spend two hours looking at your business, how you currently build client relationships, how you manage your sales and how you follow up.  We will then devise a new sales path for you using the 22 page NEW EXCLUSIVE Sales Strategy Workbook which will arm you with a firm plan for the coming year."
The cost of this session is £199 inclusive, which includes the EXCLUSIVE Sales Strategy Workbook and for DBN members I will include a FREE up to 30 minute follow up Zoom call worth £40 to answer any ongoing questions that may arise.  I still have some availability in November and December so let's get your ducks in a row before the start of the new decade.


DBN's very own intrepid acheaeologist will be undertaking a 24 hour lock-in at Jedburgh Jail to raise money for FACT (Fighting All Cancers . . . Together) on Tuesday, 12th November.

On the 12th November 2019 a small team led by Chris and Annette Fox will enter Jedburgh Jail at noon for a 24 hour paranormal investigation, not emerging until noon on the 13th November.

Jedburgh Jail has been subject to a number of paranormal investigations, including TV shows. The jail is allegedly haunted by a ghostly bagpiper, as well as the spirit of a violent prisoner named Edwin McArthur, executed at the jail in 1855. This investigation will be the first 24 hour investigation undertaken at the jail by a small team (not counting television crews!).

Please give generously to FACT and spread the word about them.


We are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from the Derwent Valley AAP for an exciting project! 

Building Self-Belief CIO shall be working with young people from Consett Academy and Learning for Life to develop and design new sensory spaces at Learning for Life, a SEND provision in Consett.  We launched the project with Marie Matthewson, Head Teacher at Learning for Life, through our brilliantly supportive local Do Business Network‘s event at the Derwent Manor Hotel.

At the event we asked for business sponsorship of equipment towards the improvement of the sensory spaces at Learning for Life, as well as any potential help that could be offered by our local business community. Peter Brewis, of Briary Gardening Services, came up with an excellent idea – and our bulb planting activity was born. We had a fabulous morning in the autumn sunshine in the garden at Learning for Life. Students from Consett Academy worked alongside some of the young people at Learning for Life to plant bulbs in their large garden planters, as well as plant bulbs in a series of pots that we provided.

Thank you to Andy Smith from ASure Financial Limited for his £30 pledge towards rubber bangles, sensory light up rugby balls and some stretchy apples and worms!

Ann English has also been brilliantly supportive. She provided Building Self-Belief CIO with a ‘power hour’ where she has given us a whole host of ideas and strategies for improving the visual impact of our charity’s stand. Ann has also provided us with an extensive range of ideas about how to appeal and encourage people to visit our stand.

We will be at Citizen’s House in Consett on 30th November 2019 to help at the Learning for Life Christmas Fayre. Please come along and support us and see us putting Create Intrigue’s suggestions into practise.


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.


DATES6th January to 10th January 2020

The Department for International Trade is offering businesses an opportunity to visit Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the world’s gathering place for leading businesses from the consumer technologies industry.

The mission will provide a unique opportunity for any Northern Powerhouse based company operating in the 5G, automotive, blockchain, health and wellness, home and family, immersive entertainment, product design and manufacturing, robotics or sports sector to visit CES.  The exhibition has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

What Are the Benefits?

Participating delegates will:

  • Be accompanied by an experienced mission manager
  • Attend a pre-mission briefing and post mission follow up support session
  • Gain entry into the show
  • Be a part of the NPH Pod on DIT’s UK Technology Pavilion
  • Have access to meetings with DIT Sector and Overseas Commercial Team
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate their technology on a global stage and meet key players in the consumer electronics market
  • Participate in DIT’s sector team programme of events including networking opportunities
  • Attend a NPH evening networking event at the show
  • Get a delegate profile in the NPH mission brochure

Click here to register your interest.