We bring you DABS Business Builder, a special programme to support would-be entrepreneurs and new businesses still within their first year of trading. It’s delivered by the newest expert on the team, Alan Dodsworth*.

Register for DABS Business Builder now

Here’s what you need to know:

What will I do?

Meet Alan at the 1st of 6 weekly online sessions on Tuesday 2nd August. From 4pm-6pm with Q&A and creating live connections afterwards.

What next?

For the following 5 weeks, dedicate your Tuesday tea break to joining us online. You’ll listen and learn (or refresh your thoughts) as Alan shares his impressive business building knowledge bank. He knows how to build your business. Network with your peers too.

What’s in it for me?

Each session is packed full of answers to issues that new business owners need RIGHT NOW. Also, you won’t catch Alan anywhere else!

Why 6 weeks?

You can choose to do the complete DABS Business Builder programme (it fits snugly around topics we’ve covered to take you to a new level) or you can pick and choose which ones to attend, using them as one-off knowledge builders on your journey.

Why now?

The DABS Programme comes to a close in just over 4 months. This is your one chance.

Tell me the topics!

The Impact of Leadership on a Start-up Business 2nd August See more
Being Truly Customer-centric 9th August See more
Adopting Winning Ways of Working 16th August See more
Strategies for Growth! 23rd August See more
Being Business Pitch Ready 30th August See more
Future Proofing the Proactive Way 6th September See more

* Who is Alan Dodsworth?

Alan Dodsworth – TEDCO Business Support

Alan Dodsworth has recently joined the team and we’re lucky to have him on board! We know you’ll think so too. It took a while to crystallise his credentials into just ONE sentence…

Alan is a results driven Multi Channel Retail / Commercial Operator with 20+ years Senior Leadership experience, growing turnover and profitability across Retail Stores, Wholesale, E Commerce, Export, National Accounts, Travel Retail as well as Franchisee and Distributor Partnerships on the international stage.

Phew! Wait till you see the list of brands he’s worked for!


To attend the DABS Business Builder Programme register now 

Register for DABS Business Builder now

If you’re already registered for DABS, all you need to do is email us and quote Business Builder in the Subject – click here.

Please note that to be eligible for the DABS programme you must be a resident of County Durham looking to launch a business in the County Durham region, or have an early-stage SME based in County Durham which has been registered for less than 12 months.

Find out more here – Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups




Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups (‘DABS’) is an ERDF-funded programme that helps high-quality start-ups in County Durham start trading and offers premium quality support during your critical first 12 months in business.

What we offer

TEDCO offers one-on-one support provided by a dedicated team of business advisors and a range of pre start seminars available to clients who are taking the first steps into self-employment. This could be looking at an initial idea and developing it further, looking at how to start a business plan, business competitors, business marketing.

Are you eligible?

If you are looking to start and grow a business we’d love to hear from you. Our friendly team of experienced Business Advisors are on hand to take your call to discuss the support available.

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