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THIRTY minutes could help businesses in Darlington achieve their full potential as a programme of Business Growth Workshops is set to take place as part of Darlington’s first ever Business Week from 18 – 22 September.

The Week will give local businesses, from start-ups to established companies, the chance to take part in more than 20 free events and workshops across five days. The Business Growth workshops will take place on Thursday 21 September at Business Central, Darlington’s purpose-built growth hub for businesses.

Local businesses, small or large, can book a half hour appointment between 8.30am-4.30pm with a range of support organisations. Organised jointly between Tees Valley Business Compass and Darlington Borough Council, The free sessions will give the opportunity to gain expert advice and support from a range of business specialists. Information and guidance will be available on:

Funding opportunities and financial advice
Improving current business technologies
Apprenticeships and skills training to take your business forward
Supply chain development
How to win business in the public sector
Coaching and mentoring for business owners.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for economy and regeneration said;

“This is a brilliant way to get industry experts together under one roof to offer tailor made advice to those who wish to start a new enterprise or grow their existing business. I urge local businesses and those considering starting up on their own, to get involved in Business Week and see what’s on offer. Thirty minutes or more could make the difference between surviving and thriving.”

Other related events during the week will cover sales and marketing, business start-up finance and an Innovation workshop to help generate profitable business ideas.

Places on the workshops are free and can be booked by following the links* from: the page also details other events throughout the week.

For more information on Darlington Business Week, call the business team on 406305 or email