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Birmingham Post
Graeme Whitfield

Business festival aims to boost growth for start-ups in County Durham

A business festival in County Durham is aiming to give promising start-ups support and advice on growth.

The third annual Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups (DABS) Festival of Enterprise will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham on October 13, offering advice from industry experts. The event has the theme of New Start-Ups in a New World and will focus on entrepreneurs who have pivoted their business models to take advantage of the opportunities in the new economic environment that has arisen after the pandemic.

The festival is part of a programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund that offers support and advice to high-quality start-ups in County Durham start trading and during their fist year of operation. Delivered by Business Durham with partners Tedco, UMi and Candle Digital, the programme provides packages for both early-stage companies and people with business ideas that have not yet formally launched.

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Sarah Slaven, managing director at Business Durham said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of Enterprise for a third year. In this post-pandemic era new businesses need to be more innovative and agile than ever before. DABS is a unique programme to equip ambitious new entrepreneurs to tackle these challenges.

“I encourage anyone who has an idea for a new business or who is in the early stages of their business journey to come along to the Festival and connect with our DABS and Business Durham teams to find out about the extensive support that is available in County Durham.“

Nicki Clark UMi (Allinson's Photography)

Nicki Clark, chief executive at UMi, said: “At a time when businesses of all sizes are seeking the best advice, insight and knowledge to help navigate the many challenges that exist as well as opportunities, the DABS Festival of Enterprise provides an unmissable event for start-up owners and entrepreneurs to gain strategic support and make connections to help grow their business.”

Speakers confirmed for the event include Bradley Jensen, co-founder of marketing firm Jensen & Jensen; Jack Sutcliffe, CEO and founder of Power Sheds; and Jeni Smith, founder of networking consultancy NetKno.

People interested in attending the event by book places at


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