Town’s business week returns for fifth year

A host of activities aimed at supporting local businesses through a series of free online and in person events will be on offer when a popular event returns for a fifth year.

Darlington Business Week will run from Monday, October 4, and is again organised by Darlington Borough Council’s business support team.

This year’s highlights include an international motivational speaker, updates on local developments, and bespoke workshops to support post-covid business growth.

The week starts with a series of interactive workshops to help businesses with aspects of recovery, including support for going digital, developing new markets, and exploring the opportunity for improving workforce skills.

Business start-up specialists TEDCO will be hosting a full programme of online workshops to support those who wish to follow their dream and set up their own business.

Existing businesses can take advantage of the business funding, finance and support update on Tuesday, October 5.

Featuring numerous support, grant funding and financial organisations, who can answer questions and provide impartial advice.

Other sessions include how to win public sector contracts hosted by North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO), employment law and employee rights post-Covid hosted by BHP Law, and various networking opportunities with Darlington Business Club, Federation of Small Business and the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Teesside University returns on Wednesday, October 6, with their business exchange, featuring guest speaker Paul McGee, one of the world’s leading motivational speakers on change, workplace relationships, leadership, and customer service.

The week programme culminates with presentations by the council’s chief executive, Ian Williams and Tees Valley mayor, Ben Houchen, on how new developments in Darlington and the Tees Valley are set to have a positive impact on the area and the wide-ranging benefits and opportunities they may bring.

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “The week will bring a range of events and workshops aimed at local businesses who are at different stages in their business journey, including those who are yet to start theirs.

“There’s a full and varied programme of activities that will appeal to a wide range of businesses.”

Tees mayor Houchen added: “I’m delighted to be a part of Darlington Business Week 2021, which will bring together a host of organisations to give our companies expert insight and knowledge, plus the chance to network, so they can grab new opportunities with both hands and ultimately grow, succeed and create good-quality, well-paid jobs for local people.”

For a full list of all of the free events and to book a place, visit www.investindarlington.co.uk/events or email business.support@darlington.gov.uk.