Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP)

Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP)

The Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme offering business support in County Durham. 

The DBOP programme aims to help your County Durham business by linking you with opportunities for growth. From a new contract, to finding new premises, a new supplier or perhaps some investment, the team can talk through the options with you.

This programme focuses on reaching companies that have not taken up business support previously. Our team will work with you to understand the challenges you may face, the barriers to growth and above all, to identify and provide you with the help to access the support that’s right for your business.

We have become the first port of call for many County Durham businesses, helping them:

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

The DBOP team aim to simplify the support available, and help you identify opportunities for growth.

Sector specific support programmes

The DBOP programme includes a number of sector specific support programmes. These programmes focus on sectors identified as having high growth potential. The programme includes one-to-one support in addition to professional workshops delivered by industry experts to help businesses take advantage of opportunities.

Routes to success

The DBOP Construction – Routes to Success Programme is a two-year business support programme designed to help County Durham SME’s and those in their supply chain win more public and private sector contracts.

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Events and workshops

Explore the benefits of attending our varied events programme to expand your network, broaden your knowledge and raise your profile. Our events often welcome expert speakers providing guidance on a range of specialist business topics.

Businesses we’ve helped

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 employing thousands of people.

County Durham Engineering Manufacturing Network take the lead on engagement with SMEs in the engineering and manufacturing sector, in particular by identifying market opportunities.

Contact us

If your business is based in County Durham and would like us to explore the opportunities for growth please contact us: DBOPEnquiries@durham.gov.uk.

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

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How We've Helped

Niall Ash, Co-founder Ashgarth Engineering

Business Durham do a good job. They are proactive in making contact with you as a newly formed company on their patch. The challenge for new start-ups is making the time to meet with your advisor - but do it. Make the investment as it pays dividends in the long run.

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