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Thirty minutes to change the course of local business

THIRTY minutes could help businesses in Darlington achieve their full potential as a programme of Business Growth Workshops is set to take place as part of Darlington’s first ever Business Week from 18 – 22 September.

Darlington Business Week 2017
Tuesday 29th August, 2017

The Week will give local businesses, from start-ups to established companies, the chance to take part in more than 20 free events and workshops across five days. The Business Growth workshops will take place on Thursday 21 September at Business Central, Darlington’s purpose-built growth hub for businesses.

Local businesses, small or large, can book a half hour appointment between 8.30am-4.30pm with a range of support organisations. Organised jointly between Tees Valley Business Compass and Darlington Borough Council, The free sessions will give the opportunity to gain expert advice and support from a range of business specialists. Information and guidance will be available on:

Funding opportunities and financial advice
Improving current business technologies
Apprenticeships and skills training to take your business forward
Supply chain development
How to win business in the public sector
Coaching and mentoring for business owners.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for economy and regeneration said;

“This is a brilliant way to get industry experts together under one roof to offer tailor made advice to those who wish to start a new enterprise or grow their existing business. I urge local businesses and those considering starting up on their own, to get involved in Business Week and see what’s on offer. Thirty minutes or more could make the difference between surviving and thriving.”

Other related events during the week will cover sales and marketing, business start-up finance and an Innovation workshop to help generate profitable business ideas.

Places on the workshops are free and can be booked by visiting: the page also details other events throughout the week.
For more information on Darlington Business Week, call the business team on 406305 or email

Tees Valley Business Compass is the local growth hub delivered by BE Group on behalf of Tees Valley Combined Authority. It helps ambitious businesses realise their growth potential by offering access to a range of practical services, from local business information, assessing growth options through to unlocking finance and funding streams. The growth hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The Tees Valley Business Growth Hub has received £9,520,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www,

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