DBN gets a brand new image

DBN gets a brand new image

Over the years many businesses have felt unable to join DBN because they are not in the former Derwentside area.  In fact, we have never excluded businesses from other parts of the region and are delighted to have members from as far afield as Hexham, Gateshead, Durham, Newcastle, Seaham, Stockton, Bishop Auckland and many others.  We were keen to rebrand ... Read More
 
New Business Support Fund in County Durham

New Business Support Fund in County Durham

County Durham businesses can now access an improved offer of up to 40% funding towards Business Improvement projects costing between £2,500 and £8,000 (maximum funding of £3,200) and / or access a fully funded 2 day Business Improvement Masterclass. This is a new programme so businesses that have benefitted from previous NBSL funding can apply ... Read More
 
What is a virtual assistant?

What is a virtual assistant?

“A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. . . . Virtual Assistants usually work for other small businesses.” BUT: Some VAs have a niche, either by the clients they work ... Read More
 

Maccine & Graeme play their cards right!

Success is on the cards for Maccine and Graeme Hall as they prepare to make the most of a major opportunity. The pair, who own design consultancy Designs Unique, are going to London on April 19 to pitch their greeting card designs to influential Dragons’ Den type panels from the greeting cards industry. The event, ... Read More
 
Make it your business at Hotel 52, Stanley

Make it your business at Hotel 52, Stanley

Hotel 52, Stanley is offering a special 20% discount for DBN Members on corporate bookings for:       Conference facilities On-site Italian Restaurant Coffee Lounge Accommodation Office Space to Rent You can find out more about the facilities and packages available at Hotel 52 by downloading their new corporate brochure here. 
 
Donna becomes Certified Data Protection Officer

Donna becomes Certified Data Protection Officer

We’re delighted to report that Donna McGregor of CyberTek Consultancy has successfully passed the Data Protection Course she sat in December and is now a Certified Data Protection Officer. Donna told us:”We are hoping that this will help boost the profile of the company and build trust with current clients and future ones. With this Certification you can trust ... Read More
 
Meet Sharron of Westwood Accountancy

Meet Sharron of Westwood Accountancy

Westwood Accountancy was set up in 2009 by Sharron Skeen to provide financial management to businesses.  “I’d always wanted to set up my own business and as a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with years of experience of working within businesses, I’m well-placed to help small businesses with all aspects of their finances. It is not ... Read More
 
Jan gets on her bike for charity!

Jan gets on her bike for charity!

Jan Cook of Cloudburst Business and Legal Services will be raising money for 3 women’s cancer charities in May and is looking for sponsorship. We met up with Jan at the last DBN event who told us: “There are 3 of us doing it as a team, and all 3 of us had / have significant birthdays ... Read More
 
If you can’t move because of snow, what happens?

If you can’t move because of snow, what happens?

Sue Shaw-Toomey of Toomey Legal explains: If you have exchanged contracts and you cannot move because the removal men can’t get to you what do you do? This week a client was selling a house which was in a rural Northumberland setting. By a stroke of good luck, they had moved out a week before ... Read More