Helping you take your new business to the next level

You’ve taken the big step of starting your business and the first 12 months are critical. How do you continue to develop your business in line with your vision?

DABS modules for new-start businesses are designed to combine expert guidance and practical hands-on approach to evolve your ambitious business model that will drive growth, make your business more robust and maximise opportunities through different topics and strategies.

Make sure you have the best support team. Register for DABS >

Support for pre-start businesses

How DABS helps early stage businesses

  • Fully-funded SME business growth programme

    Fully-funded SME business growth programme

    Helping you to build on your early successes and foster new opportunities for growth.
  • COVID-19 response support

    COVID-19 response support

    Helping you to adapt and innovate in the ever-changing marketplace.
  • 1-2-1 support and mentoring

    1-2-1 support and mentoring

    Bespoke support with an experienced business advisor.
  • Connect with like-minded new entrepreneurs

    Connect with like-minded new entrepreneurs

    To aid collaboration and support across County Durham.
  • Insights from sector experts and contacts

    Insights from sector experts and contacts

    Providing focussed recommendations to help your business immediately.
  • Guidance on new opportunities

    Guidance on new opportunities

    To help you seize market advantage in your new start-up.
  • Access to the online digital portal

    Access to the online digital portal

    To provide you with useful tools and resources to support your business.
  • Entry to the ‘Festival of Enterprise’

    Entry to the ‘Festival of Enterprise’

    Your chance to learn from key note speakers and other successful start-ups in the region.

DABS Early Stage Support

You’ve taken the big step of starting your business and the first 12 months are critical. How do you continue to develop your business in line with your vision?

Our DABS programme for new-start businesses offers ambitious business owners like you the support and know-how to make your business more robust and identify opportunities to grow.

DABS modules are designed to combine expert guidance and practical hands-on approach to evolve your business model that will drive growth and maximise through different topics and strategies. Our series of modules include:

Innovation and Opportunity

Using Strategic Partnerships to drive growth

Customer Analytics for Growth

Measuring, Capturing, and Retaining Value whilst developing a pricing strategy for Growth and Scale

Digital Business Model Innovation

Developing Growth through Innovative Finance models

Joining the DABS early stage programme

Am I eligible?

To join the DABS early stage programme, you must:

  • Have an early-stage SME based in County Durham which has been registered for less than 12 months.
  • Have the drive, capability and desire to grow your business rapidly.
  • Be willing to be challenged and explore opportunities to help you build the best business possible.
  • Have a high level of business integrity.

Sound like you? Register your interest in the programme >

Not for you?

Yet to start your business? Check out the DABS programme for pre-start businesses.

Not the right time? Contact our team to discuss your options.

Looking for alternative support? Explore the options in County Durham in our business support directory.

Ready to grow your business?

Accelerate your business with support from DABS.