DBOP (Durham Business Opportunities Programme) - Business Durham
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Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP)

The Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) aims to help your County Durham business grow by linking you with tangible opportunities to help facilitate your business growth, which could be a new contract, finding new premises, a new supplier or perhaps some investment. 

We focus on reaching businesses that have not yet taken up existing support for whatever reason. We aim to understand the issues you face, possible barriers to growth and help you to access business support by simplifying the business support map so that we can help you to identify and go after opportunities for growth.

The opportunity-spotting nature of the programme is crucial: the DBOP team, managed by Business Durham will work with you to develop excellent working relationships. We want to be the first port of call for your business, should you need guidance. We are always here to offer impartial, practical advice so we can deliver support tailored to the needs of your business saving you time and money helping you to:

  • win new business
  • recruit the best staff
  • secure funding
  • discover new supply chain opportunities
  • overcome barriers to growth

The DBOP team utilise their extensive range of business contacts, networks and knowledge to identify and go after opportunities including but not limited to, new contracts, supply chain opportunities, premises, assisting with tender applications or perhaps identifying the most suitable source of funding for new machinery, a new member of staff or maybe research and development.

But don’t just take our word for it - take a look at some of the businesses we have helped in the case studies below or read our feature in The Northern Echo feature.

Events and workshops

Another way we help to facilitate your business growth is by organising a number of events and workshops that will help you meet like-minded people, make new connections, up-skill your workforce, increase knowledge and raise the profile of your business. These events will often welcome expert speakers from other support organisations that can provide guidance on a range of specialist business topics. 

Take a look at our events programme here.

Intensive business support strands

The Durham Business Opportunities Programme includes a number of sector-specific areas of business support. The intensive programme of support focuses on delivering assistance that is tailored to a specific sector identified as having high growth potential. The programme includes one on one support and workshops delivered by industry experts to help businesses overcome barriers to growth in these sectors and take advantage of development opportunities. 


Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN)

DBOP works closely with EMN, the organisation tasked with supporting the continued growth of the area’s engineering and manufacturing industries.

County Durham has a rich history in this sector and is home to hundreds of businesses, contributing millions of pounds to our economy and employing thousands of people.

County Durham Engineering Manufacturing Network takes the lead on engagement with SMEs in the engineering and manufacturing sector and on identifying potential market opportunities. 


Contact us

If you’re a business in County Durham and would like us to help your business grow please contact a member of the team DBOPEnquiries@durham.gov.uk or call a member of the team. 

The Durham Business Opportunities Programme is a six-year programme for SMEs running up until November 2022, is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council. 




  • Pam Reynolds

    Pam Reynolds

    Project Monitoring Officer (DBOP)
    Call 03000 263746
  • Lisa Wall

    Lisa Wall

    Business Engagement Officer (DBOP)
    Call 03000 263734
  • Guy Bashford

    Guy Bashford

    Business Engagement Officer (DBOP)
    Call 03000 263720
  • Michael Harriott

    Michael Harriott

    Business Engagement Officer (DBOP)
    Call 03000 263725

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DBOP Case Studies

DBOP – Untold Publishing

Local publisher trebles the number of books produced after acquiring London based publishing house with the help of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme.    Show Details
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