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Business Support

Support for people thinking of starting a business and for existing businesses is available across the rural areas of Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland.  The Rural Growth Network (RGN) Business Support Programme is being delivered by:

  • CDC, Derwentside Enterprise Agency, EDBS and SDEA in County Durham
  • NBSL in Northumberland
  • Gateshead Council in the rural south and west of Gateshead Borough.

The RGN programme provides a direct route for people and businesses in rural areas into all the business support available in the North East from advice and mentoring to grants and loans.

If you think you need assistance to start to develop your business, if you want to find out exactly what support may be available to help you or if you simply want to chat through your ideas with a willing listener then please get in touch.  RGN staff are based across the rural areas of Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland and can be contacted as follows:

County Durham –

Business Support with Digital Drive Durham

Drive your business forward and do more with digital technology.   Fully funded business support, events and grant funding for eligible businesses across County Durham.

Weekly drop in sessions with Digital Drive Durham every Tuesday 9.30am - 12.30pm.

For more information please contact Digital Drive Durham T: 0191 389 8458 E: or visit 






Business Support

Providing support to businesses wishing to grow

Business Support

Business support can range from advice and mentoring to grants and loans