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Durham County Council services

Durham County Council services

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Durham County Council provides a number of services for businesses.

Durham County Council provides a number of services for businesses, including statutory services, such as licensing and planning. If your business needs to access a county council service and you’re not sure who to talk to, we can help you find the right contact quickly.
It may sometimes seem difficult to do business with such a large organisation, but the corporate procurement team is keen to make it as easy as possible while complying with regulations covering the use of public money. The council is committed to engaging with the local supply base in an open, transparent and fair way, promoting a competitive market across sectors to deliver value for money for
local people.

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Business Durham is the business support service for Durham County Council, helping to deliver more and better jobs and a strong competitive economy.

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Proactive and responsive supplier engagement is key and Durham County Council offers:

  • Supplier engagement workshops to help potential bidders understand documents and processes.

  • Market engagement events for specific procurements, particularly those for the provision of new and/or innovative services.

The council uses the online OPEN e-tendering system, for all quotations and tenders. This is a shared facility which is managed on behalf of all North East councils by the North East Procurement Organisations (NEPO). To register your business as a supplier on the NEPO portal all you need to do is go to the and following the instructions. 

NEPO has set up a separate solution called Bloom NEPRO 3 to help Durham County Council and other public sector bodies engage consultants, professional services and interim support and manage a range of suppliers, from SMEs to publicly listed companies. To register your business as a supplier visit

The council also offers a business continuity service as it has a responsibility to provide advice and support to local businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management. To find out more visit

Contact us if your business needs access to a county council service and you aren’t sure who to talk

Better Business for All (BBfA)

Better Business for All (BBfA) provides support to businesses to help them comply with the law; making it easier to ‘get it right first time’ as well as to grow and flourish. Our aim is to remove regulatory barriers and the fear of regulation by helping businesses to be safe and achieve compliance. 

BBFA works with businesses and regulatory services in the Durham area to ‘bridge the gap between businesses and regulators’ 


They can help all businesses with:- 

  • free signposting to business advice

  • tailored business advice 

  • direct you to possible sources of funding and other support You can then focus on:

  • starting, re-opening or growing your business 

  • establishing an excellent reputation

Contact Christine Ditchburn,
Better Business for All Co-Ordinator
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