Darlington Business Week

18 to 22 September Business Events Taking Place Across Darlington

A wide range of business events and activities supporting the full spectrum of business – from sole trader to large businesses.  We have a fantastic selection of partners taking part – details on the individual events in the listings below. Please note, events may be subject to change. For further information please contact the Business team on 01325 406305 or by email – business.support@darlington.gov.uk

Darlington Business Week Digital Schedule (non interactive version) [pdf document]

The interactive digital schedule can be viewed here (download for interactive features) [pdf document]

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IT systems for Business

IT systems for Business

20 September 2017
11:00 to 13:00
Business Central
Free
Resilient Systems
Information on business IT, including: • To server or not to server! - The various options available for small businesses to allow them to centrally store data for their users to access. • Software – am I legal? – Advice and guidance on what versions of software small businesses need to purchase. • Backups – avoiding that disaster! – A review of the backup options available to every size of business and the implications of not having a solution in place.
Sales, Marketing and all things web: A general best practice guide to going online

Sales, Marketing and all things web: A general best practice guide to going online

20 September 2017
14:00 to 16:30
Business Central
Free
Federation for Small Businesses
A seminar to help small businesses go online to boost their sales.
VIP Behind the scenes tour of The Hippodrome

VIP Behind the scenes tour of The Hippodrome

20 September 2017
15:00 to 16:00
Darlington Civic Theatre
Free - ticket only - must register first
Darlington Borough Council
This is an exclusive opportunity for Darlington businesses to get a sneak peak, ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Darlington Hippodrome, which is set to reopen to the public in November coming, having undergone a £12m restoration project. The project will see the introduction of new meeting spaces, family café, bar, coffee shop and creative play spaces, turning the theatre into both a daytime and night-time place to visit. Located in a conservation area, Darlington Hippodrome is a Grade II Listed Edwardian building and is significant for its place in telling the industrial and social history of the foundling railway town of Darlington as well as being the most complete surviving example of the unique 'house style' of architects Owen & Ward. The project has repaired, restored and revitalised the theatre to include the restoration of the distinctive exterior of the theatre and the beautiful Edwardian auditorium, a modern new entrance and promenade gallery, celebrating its heritage, the creation of a stunning vaulted function room in the former water tower, as well as improved seating with more leg room and disabled access, including two lifts providing access to all levels both front and back of house. There will also be an increase in seats to 1000, which together with improved back stage facilities for touring companies, will enable larger shows to be accommodated. A new education centre and improved public spaces will support a vibrant new range of daytime learning and engagement activities. Unfortunately as the building is still a designated construction site, for Health & Safety reasons, those with mobility issues will be provided a separate tour after opening, when the building is fully accessible. Hard hats and safety footwear will be provided, so we will need to obtain shoe sizes ahead of the day. Tickets are offered on a first come-first served basis, are not guaranteed, and are strictly limited to 2 tickets per business.
FSB Connect launch

FSB Connect launch

20 September 2017
17:30 to 20:00
Business Central
Free
Federation for Small Businesses
Launch of the FSB Connect networking programme
Business Growth Workshop

Business Growth Workshop

21 September 2017
08:30 to 17:00
Business Central
Free
Darlington Borough Council Economy Team
This event that brings together key intermediaries who can support business growth. Darlington businesses will be able to book in advance for half hour appointment slots with Business Advisors from a range of support organisations, including: Tees Valley Business Compass; BE Group; UK Steel Enterprises; DIT; TEDCO; FW Capital; Clive Owen; DBC Estates Team and Teesside Uni/ Innovate Tees Valley; RTC North and MPI.

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Chamber Exchange in conjunction with Darlington Business Week

Chamber Exchange in conjunction with Darlington Business Week

21 September 2017
11:00 to 14:00
Rockliffe Hall
Free
North East Chamber of Commerce
This is the Chamber's flagship networking event encouraging an exchange of experiences, ideas and offers between members; intertwined with multiple opportunities to network and build new contacts. Chamber exchange events will be held the second Thursday of each month across the regioon. Chamber Exchanges consistently attract around 100 attendees representing members from various sectors and of various sizes. A round-table networking event with two table changes. The first table 'Sharing a Success' – delegates are encouraged to share a recent business success. The second table 'Discussing a Challenge' – delegates are encouraged to discuss current or recent challenges, how you may have overcome this challenge or if someone is facing a current challenge, those around the table are encouraged to offer advice and guidance. Chamber staff including senior management and partners will lead each table. Limited amount of exhibition stands available at £30.00+VAT, email events@neechamber.co.uk. This event will be in conjunction with Darlington Business Week and in Association with Darlington Business Club.
Employers for Carers

Employers for Carers

21 September 2017
14:00 to 16:00
Dolphin Centre
Free
Lisa Holdsworth
An event primarily aimed at HR representatives or managers, which will explain about Darlington Borough Councils FREE umbrella membership of Employers for Carers (EfC). The umbrella membership is accessed via Darlington Borough Council, and gives you and your employees full access to the website, providing your staff with information to support them in their caring role and giving your managers the information they need to support their staff who are carers.
Business Start up finance workshop - TEDCO

Business Start up finance workshop - TEDCO

22 September 2017
09:30 to 12:30
0191 516 6102
Business Central
Free
The Finance workshop will cover sales and expenditure, financial planning and forecasting, break even, how to finance your new business, funding options and information needed to progress a funding application.

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Harvey & Hugo - Launch of Hugoversity

Harvey & Hugo - Launch of Hugoversity

22 September 2017
10:00 to 12:00
01325 486 666
The Forum Music Centre
Free
Harvey & Hugo
Launch of Harvey & Hugo's PR, social media and content marketing training school.
Ingenious Engineering

Ingenious Engineering

22 September 2017
10:00 to 15:00
Dolphin Centre
Free
Darlington Borough Council Economy Team
An event for Darlington school pupils to take part in engineering activities, designed to boost their understanding of the important North-East industry sector.