DABS Programme

DABS Programme

DABS will test pioneering new approaches for encouraging and supporting ambitious business start-ups across the county. The three-year project is providing a programme delivered by three sub-contractors – TEDCO, Candle Digital and UMi.

Business support experts TEDCO has been contracted to deliver the premium-quality prestart and post-start programmes. Working in conjunction with Business Durham, TEDCO’s uniquely designed programme uses a combination of peer-learning, one-to-one coaching and intensive interactive workshops.
Innovative individuals with a fledgeling business idea can take advantage of a new dynamic idea creation and formation model to identify, test and validate their business idea.

Another strand will bring together potential co-founders to create aspirational businesses. Through corporate team-building activities, this strand connects like-minded entrepreneurs with complementary strengths, knowledge and experience.

For those with a clear business idea with growth-potential, the pioneering support focuses on developing a scale-up strategy and making the business more robust. A tailored package of workshops will help entrepreneurs navigate the start-up process with topics like: innovation and opportunity, growth through partnerships and pricing strategies to grow and scale.

Other topics will help businesses navigate this new “low-touch” economy, like the brand new “Digitising Your Business” module. All workshop content are newly designed for this new post-COVID era.

To complement the programmes a start-up web portal has been launched. The portal makes it easy for people to access online resources wherever they are based in the county, including in rural areas, something that hasn’t been available before.

UMi have been contracted to deliver a profile-raising campaign to increase the visibility of start-up support. The campaign includes monthly meet-ups, an annual Festival of Enterprise to bring together clusters of like-minded entrepreneurial new-start business and would-be entrepreneurs to collectively gather, share and grow the regional knowledge economy.

Managed by Business Durham, the DABS programme has been uniquely designed to inspire and support entrepreneurial activity across different sectors within the county to create higher value jobs and boost the local economy.

For more information on the DABS Programme, please go to www.durhamstartups.co.uk, and to enquire directly, please call 0191 516 6102, or email DABS@durhamstartups.co.uk

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