Inspiring others

Enterprise is about inspiring people today for tomorrow’s economy.

We encourage more businesses to start up and grow by bringing together a network of partners, contacts and support to help local entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Our mission is to ensure that the next generation of business leaders is inspired by the spirit of entrepreneurship.

We’re always looking for new and interesting ways to help support enterprise and entrepreneurship. If you have an idea for a business, contact us now on 03000 261261 to find out how we can support you.

We can provide you with innovation support, help you attract inward investors, support you in building long-term engagement with businesses and provide you with a range of premises to help you start and grow your business here in County Durham.

Inspiring STEM

Manufacturing, engineering and technology is a major part of County Durham’s economy and accounts for 20% of the County’s GVA. Business Durham is passionate about inspiring communities, families, teachers and young people about the career opportunities in the sector.

NETPark, in Sedgefield, is one of the UK’s leading science parks. Science and technology affects us every day – from cars, trains and games consoles to smartphones, lighting and fabrics and much, much more. NETPark is expanding rapidly and will offer a range of employment opportunities in all aspects of science-based businesses: engineers, designers, scientists, technicians, sales and marketing, HR and administration – the possibilities are endless.

We deliver an outreach and engagement programme including inviting high profile speakers, running projects, teacher CPD to engage and inspire.

We work closely with partners such as the Institute of Physics, the British Science Association and Durham University to support the delivery of their programmes in County Durham.

Have an idea for something we could do?  Contact us now

Enterprise agencies

There are a number of specialist agencies who can give you the business start-up and funding advice you need, as well as highlighting the training courses to support you in preparing your business.

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Developing enterprise skills

With the right training, exposure to great role models and access to opportunities you could be one of the next generation of business leaders.

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Linking schools and businesses

There are some great examples of schools and businesses in County Durham already working closely together on a range of programmes and projects, and many of our employers and teachers give up much of their time to support young people to learn about the world of work.

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Future Business Magnates

This exciting and fun competition aims to build enthusiasm in young people and introduces them to the basics of starting and running a business.

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Durham City Incubator

If you have a Durham-based business that’s been trading less than twelve months or you’re looking to launch an ambitious, potential high-growth start-up, you and your team can join the Durham City Incubator (DCI) – a six-month fully-funded programme to help you grow your business.

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