Helping launch successful new businesses in County Durham

Do you want to turn a great idea into a successful business? Have you started a business but need help putting your ambitious growth plans into action?

If you’re based in County Durham the DABS programme has been specifically designed to give ambitious individuals like you the support and guidance they need to start and grow their business.

Whatever challenges you are facing, don’t do it alone. See the range of support available to pre-start and early stage businesses.

Start your business

Start your business

Turn your idea into a reality. We can help launch your success.

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Grow your business

Grow your business

How can you turn your business into a multi-million pound success? Let us support you.

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Explore business support

Explore business support

Other funding and support available to support you in starting or growing your business in County Durham.

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Steam Machine Brewing Company: brewing their way to business success

Steam Machine Brewing Company: brewing their way to business success

Nick and Gulen Smith have travelled the world but in the last five years, they embarked on their most intrepid journey yet, from complete business novices to co-founders of a successful brewing business.

With support from DABS delivery partner TEDCO, Nick and Gulen turned their home brewing hobby into a successful business.

Read Steam Machine’s story

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  • Jenny Halford

    Durham Ambitious Business Start-Ups is all about increasing ambition, raising aspirations and helping a new breed of businesses to reach their full potential!

    Jenny Halford, Business Durham
  • James Craft

    “We’re really excited to be helping new and young businesses in County Durham to thrive!”

    James Craft, TEDCO
  • Jenny Halford

    The fresh approach of DABS will furnish entrepreneurs with the support they need to build scalable businesses in this new ‘low-touch’ economy. I want to see a lasting legacy of great businesses that County Durham can be proud of.

    Jenny Halford, Business Durham

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