Business Support

The Business Engagement Team is part of Darlington Borough Council’s Economic Growth remit. The Team provides a wide range of services such as:

  • Starting a Business
  • Growing your Businesses
  • Moving your Business to Darlington
  • Funding and Business Finance
  • Skills and Training
  • Business Events and Seminars
  • Darlington Business Directory
  • Information and Publications
  • Doing Business with the Council

The team can be contacted at:

Useful contacts

Mark Carrigan - Economy Manager 01325 406298

Richard Baker - Business Growth & Investment Officer 01325 406297

Lucy Humphreys - Policy & Research Officer 01325 406308

Sue White - Business Growth & Investment Officer 01325 406225

Owen McAteer - Foundation for Jobs Coordinator 01325 406299

Business Support (general) -

We are running a new scheme to support town centre businesses

On Thursdays we are offering traders the opportunity to open a pop up shop in the newly refurbished Town Hall civic reception area. This will give businesses direct access to 900 council and Department for Education staff between 11am and 2pm. It is intended this scheme will raise awareness of what the town centre has to offer and encourage more staff to shop locally.

The pop up shops will be free of charge and will be grouped weekly by theme with up to three stalls on each day. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to sift all applicants; our aim is to ensure a well-balanced and interesting mix of goods.

If you are interested in taking part please fill in the initial application [pdf document] and return via email to or post to the Town Hall using the address above.

You must include documentary evidence of your public liability insurance and, if selling food and/or drink, the other relevant documents identified.

Once your application has been approved we will contact you to arrange your first booking. Future bookings can be made via email to