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Leading startups boosting business at DABS Festival of Enterprise

County Durham’s Most Promising Startups will have an unparalleled opportunity to receive first-hand support and advice from thousands of successful business owners and entrepreneurs from across the region at the 3rd Annual Durham Ambitious Business Startups (DABS) Festival will get Enterprise sponsored by Swinburne Maddison.

Hosted by broadcast journalist and presenter Charlie Charlton on Thursday, October 13th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham, the event will bring together like-minded people from across the region and an introduction from industry-leading experts. A range of exciting keynote speakers providing entrepreneurial inspiration.

The theme of this year’s event – ​​New Start-Ups in a New World – will focus on entrepreneurs who have reoriented their business models to seize opportunities in the new post-pandemic economic environment.

Sarah Slaven, Managing Director of Business Durham, said:

Sarah Slaven, Managing Director of Business Durham, said:

“In this post-pandemic era, new businesses must be more innovative and agile than ever before. DABS is a unique program for ambitious new entrepreneurs to meet these challenges.

“Anyone with a new business idea, or who is in the early stages of their business journey, should attend the Festival to connect with the DABS and Business Durham team and county Durham”.

DABS is an ERDF-funded program that helps quality start-ups in County Durham get into business, providing the highest quality support during the critical first 12 months of their business.

Two support packages are available. One for pre-startup businesses with great ideas and one for early stage businesses.

The program is delivered by Business Durham and key partners TEDCO, UMi and Candle Digital.

Nicki Clark OBE, CEO of UMi, added: Startup owners and entrepreneurs can get strategic support and make connections to grow their business. ”

The speakers confirmed at the event are:

  • Bradley Jensen, co-founder of Jensen & Jensen.
  • Jack Sutcliffe, CEO and founder of Power Sheds.
  • Jeni Smith – Founder of NetKno.
  • Danielle Phillips, Founder and Principal Consultant of Inside Out Communications Consulting.
  • Gillian Smelly, owner and CEO of Gillian Smelly Eco Print Textiles.
  • Kimberley Cattin – CEO of West Barn Co.

What is Durham Ambitious Business Startup?

DURHAM Ambitious Business Start-ups (DABS) is a program set up by Business Durham to help new businesses succeed in County Durham. DABS helps quality start-ups in County Durham get into business and provides quality support to businesses that have started operations in the last 12 months.

The DABS program offers workshops, group sessions, monthly networking events, and one-on-one support and mentoring with targeted business professionals. By joining the Durham Ambitious Business Startups (DABS) program, companies can:

• Turn business ideas into real action plans.

• Expansion and utilization of business networks.

• Access to knowledgeable and experienced business specialists.

• Access DABS job grant funds and start-up funds.

Since the program launched in early 2020, Durham Start-Ups has helped hundreds of people in the early stages of their business.

Those interested in attending the Festival of Enterprise can book a place by visiting

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