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 you need to start and grow your 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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Festival of Enterprise

Festival of Enterprise

Join our free online event on the 21st and 22nd October to kick-start your business plans and growth.

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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

Upcoming events

programme event Programme Innovation & Opportunity

This interactive workshop will use a range of technology, tools and principles to help you to effectively identify, evaluate and validate new business opportunities. We will support you to build an architecture that allows innovation to thrive throughout your business, while managing the risks of disruption. We have a range of design thinking and lean validation methods to help you to maximise potential opportunities and income streams.

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Online DABS Festival of Enterprise

Are you looking for some inspiration and motivation to get started on your journey of entrepreneurship?

Log on to the online DABS Festival of Enterprise on the 21st and 22nd October and hear from a fantastic line up of successful business owners and skills trainers who will help to inspire, motivate and educate you to be successful in what you do.

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programme event Programme Customer Analytics for Growth

This highly interactive workshop will help you to steal a march on your competitors. We will help you create an understanding of the power of data, analytics and artificial intelligence and how this can really drive growth in your business. This will give you the foundations for cultivating an analytics-based mind-set and help you to explore ways to embed this across your organisation.

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Latest news from DABS

Events Only two weeks until virtual DABS Festival of Enterprise

Only two weeks until virtual DABS Festival of Enterprise

06/10/2020

Are you thinking about starting up your own business or have recently started and looking for inspiration on how to […]

News Interactive workshops available for Durham based Businesses

Interactive workshops available for Durham based Businesses

06/10/2020

Different from many other business accelerators, the Durham Ambitious Business Start-Ups (DABS) programme offers two unique support packages. One for […]

News Enquiries Jump 60% For Durham New Business Support Programme

Enquiries Jump 60% For Durham New Business Support Programme

23/09/2020

As the economic ramifications of the Covid-19 lockdown continue to be heard across County Durham, a newly launched enterprise support […]

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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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