The Bishop Auckland and Shildon Business Network provides businesses with the chance to share their challenges and find solutions at a bi-monthly event founded by the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), managed by Business Durham.
The free business led, bi-monthly session is attended by around 40 businesses and features a speaker who addresses a key business topic. Previous speakers have focussed on digital tax, GDPR and cyber security – offering attendees practical solutions to the challenges they present.
David Tinmouth, Principal Economic Development Officer at Durham County Council and Durham Savers Project Lead, met Nick Postma, chairman of Bishop Auckland Football Club at the network. The connection led to a new sponsorship deal for the club – just one example of the type of opportunity to emerge from the network.
David said: “Our connection with Bishop Auckland Football Club and the resulting sponsorship deal is a great example of the value that can come out of attending the network.”
Lisa Wall, business engagement officer for DBOP, who leads the network said: “Many business owners feel like they simply don’t have the time to find new resources and knowledge to help their businesses grow, and that’s where the Durham Business Opportunities Programme can help.
Many of our attendees have found shared opportunities through the process of networking.
The Network is business led so attendees guide the theme and content of each session suggesting subjects which may be affecting their business or that may be on the horizon. Speakers are then brought in to offer guidance or solutions”.
Ray Brown of security specialist Vinovium Associates Ltd is a regular attendee. He said: “This is a real Network and not just a talking shop. It has given Vinovium the opportunity to meet with real people who have the interests of both the business and community of Bishop Auckland and Shildon at heart.”
The sessions alternate between locations in both towns and I’d encourage any businesses – regardless of size – to come along and get the most out of it.”
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows there are more than 1,000 businesses across Bishop Auckland and Shildon all of whom are welcome to the attend the Network.
Sessions are attended by representatives from several different business support schemes, including NBSL, Durham Savers, Digital Drive, NE BIC and The Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) to name a few.
Find out when the next Bishop Auckland and Shildon Network event takes place on our events page.