December 2018


Another year almost over, we've welcomed 54 new members so far, and are about to hold our 30th event!
Far too many venues to mention, including some new additions; Hotel Indigo, Old Tom's Gin Bar, The Butterfly Room and The Impeccable Pig.
It seems no time since we kicked off the year with our Member Showcase and we're busy planning it all again.
We look forward to another exciting year ahead showcasing more great places and already have some crackers lined up for 2019!

It's been another prosperous year for the group, with many new clients, and offices at capacity here at Portland House, with a little restructure a partition was added behind reception to create a small meeting room behind reception.  I  couldn't have done without the support of our fantastic team, Sarah, Beth and Sue, our Board of Directors, and of course, our amazing members and clients!  We hope you can join us for our final event of the year as we celebrate the festive season with our AGM Christmas lunch on 11th December.

On behalf of all at Durham Business Group, we wish you and your families a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Happy Networking! 


Alison Gittins
CEO, Durham Business Group
Tel. 0191 3755700 / 07495 395593.
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Durham Business Group AGM and Christmas Lunch
Ramside Hall Hotel - DBC Members Only
Tuesday 11th December 2018
12.00 pm - 2.30 pm 
We invite you to join us for our final event of 2018! 
Durham Business Group Annual General Meeting will be held in  the Ballroom of Ramside Hall Hotel followed by an optional Christmas lunch.  
12 - 12.30 pm Networking - Coffee & Mince Pies      
12.30 pm Welcome - Annual General Meeting  
The AGM is open to DBC Members and Clients of Durham Office Services Only.

Once the formalities are over we hope you will get into the festive spirit, stay for lunch and celebrate another year of business!

1.00 pm -2.30 pm 3 course Christmas lunch served with a glass of wine.

Cost £22 pp inc VAT to be paid by Friday 7th December 2018.  Colleagues are welcome so go on bring your office party to us!             
  DBC presents 'Let's Kick off 2019 Making an
Exhibition of Ourselves!' with Sintons LLP

Ramside Hall Hotel
Tuesday 15th January 5pm - 9pm

We invite you to kick off the New Year at DBC Annual Showcase event!


A great opportunity to exhibit your business, the main event will follow, filled with club and members news and we welcome event sponsors to the stage.  


What better way to get motivated in 2019 than a business showcase event and a great evening; ending with a networking buffet, let's face it we all need a little helping hand in January! The event is free to attend for members and £10 for non members  (max. 2 visits) with a nominal charge for those wishing to exhibit - table, cloth and space for your stand.  
£25 inc. VAT for Members,  £50 inc. VAT for Non Members  (including entry for up to 2)

Launch of Rural Digital Hub in East Durham

East Durham Business Centre officially opened with a launch and networking event, over 50 local businesses attended and were given advice on business support and grants for local businesses in East Durham.
Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council's Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said "It's fantastic to see a new opportunity for small digital businesses, especially one that brings new job opportunities and revives an existing building. Ensuring the success of small businesses is an important aspect of regeneration so we fully support any project that nurtures this." 
North East LEP Business Growth Director, Colin Bell said: "The Strategic Economic Plan clearly sets out our ambitions to stimulate economic growth and provide funding and support in rural areas. This digital enterprise hub is an excellent example of the type of project we look to invest in, mixing digital technology and business space, which are both drivers of the regional economy."
If you are looking for office space in East Durham please visit:


                                 Supports local foodbank

Clive Owen LLP in Darlington has supported King's Foodbank with £500 donation raised through its staff room tuck shop.   Staff have been 'tuck'-ing into a range of tasty treats to help raise funds for the local foodbank.
Each year, the team at Clive Owen pick a different charity which has a presence in the local community and this year they have chosen to donate to the local foodbank.

Elizabeth Layfield, Tax Manager at Clive Owen LLP, said: "As part of Clive Owen's community support, we want to engage with local good causes and raise money for people who are having a difficult time and need a little bit of extra support.  It's important to everyone at the firm that we support local good causes.

"King's Foodbank does some great work in the Darlington area and we're proud to be able to help make a difference."

Caroline Todd of King's Foodbank said: "This donation from Clive Owen is phenomenal.  It's going to go a long way to help people in need in Darlington.

DBC Member Wins Small Marketing 
Agency of the Year

At the inaugural North East Marketing Awards 2018, Durham Business Club members, Cal Partners won the Agency of the Year (under 20 employees) category.

The awards took place on the evening of Thursday 18th October at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle and was attended by marketing industry leaders from across the region. As well as being finalists for the Agency of the Year Category, Cal Partners' founder and director, Chris Lucarelli, was a finalist in the Marketing Director of the Year category.

To read the full article                            


Employer Breakfast: 11 December 2018
08:00 - 10:00am

You are invited to join employers from across the region at New College Durham's networking breakfast and employer fair on Tuesday 11 December.
The theme of the event is 'meet the students'. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover how to create a pool of talent for your business. You can meet current New College Durham students and find out more about how they can support your business through work placements and internships, that will in return provide them with the skills and experience they will need to succeed in the work place.  

Employer Fair: 11 December 2018, 10:30 - 12:00pm

Following the breakfast event, the College and Westray Recruitment are hosting an Employer Fair, giving students the chance to meet businesses and hear about work related opportunities. Employers attending the breakfast event can have a stand at the fair where they can discuss potential industry placements, work placements and apprenticeships with students.
Both events are free of charge and open to all employers, regardless of whether you work with New College Durham now or have in the past.   To register click here

Mining Art Gallery Tops Tourism Awards

The Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland has been crowned the region's best Small Visitor Attraction, just a year after opening.

Part of the Auckland Project, the gallery took the title at the North East England Tourism Awards 2018,  held on Wednesday, 21 November at Newcastle Civic Centre.

BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey hosted the awards ceremony. And as the son of a South Durham coal miner, he described his visit to the Mining Art Gallery as, "thrilling, moving and an incredible experience."

Kathy Wilson, Experience Team Officer at the Mining Art Gallery accepted the award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year on behalf of the Gallery.
She said: "Working in the Mining Art Gallery is an absolute privilege. The collection evokes a real sense of pride and belonging.

"My team of staff and volunteers are so proud to have been recognised in this way in the first year of opening. It is an amazing achievement and honour."   To read the full article
Ramside Spa has Christmas all wrapped up this year with three festive gift vouchers. 
The Spa at Ramside, at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, County Durham, has released three Christmas gift vouchers, offering the ideal choice for anyone struggling to find a special gift.  Spa Gifts

In This Issue

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More fantastic new members! 
*Hello* until we officially welcome you at a future club meeting.  

New book 
reveals secrets of historic County Durham building
A new book has revealed the secrets of an historic building in County Durham. 'Hidden in Full View' tells the story of the Grade II* listed 18 th Century Manor House in Sedgefield and has been written and published by Ean Parsons, who owns the building with his wife Vivienne, with artwork and design by locals Kevan Stevens and Neil Edmundson. The book has been a labour of love for Ean,  who took on researching the history of the building in 2016, having bought it two years earlier. 

Strictly St Cuthbert's 2019 
Search for contestants underway!
Saturday 9th March, 6pm 'til late at The Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead, NE11 9JR 
Calling all Strictly fans!
Strictly St Cuthbert's is returning for its fourth year of toe tapping fun, and it's your chance to get in on the action. We're recruiting twelve couples to dance the night away for a good cause. Your partner could be a friend, spouse, relative or anyone who is happy to don their dancing shoes with you.
Working with a professional dance choreographer, couples receive eight weeks of expert dance tuition leading up to the Grand Finale on Saturday 9th March at The Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead.
During training you will take part in a behind the scenes video that is shown on a big screen at the event before you take to the stage to perform in front of a live audience. After wowing the crowds with your moves you will be interviewed by a host, and receive comments and scores from a judging panel. It really is just like the television show!   Dance lessons start in January 2019. Spaces are limited to just twelve couples. 
Call the Development Team on 0191 386 1170 ext.5 or email to chat about your Strictly adventure.

EMG in the Legal 500 
The Durham based practice - which now operates from an impressive two storey building which houses its 30 plus staff - has made the list once again, confirming its ability to provide the highest standards of service to a fast-growing client base.
Being featured in the Legal 500 yet again comes at a time when EMG Solicitors goes from strength to strength. The company's expertise is further consolidated by the fact that Director, Jemma Morland is once again listed as one of the regions "next generation lawyers."     Read more

Whitworth Hall Hotel
                               Top of the Pops,  Da nce through the Decades
                                              Saturday 12th January 2019

The best hot hits from 60's to 00's for a night on the dance floor
Great food - great music - great party! 

£29.95 per person includes 3 course meal and disco 

Bar from 6:30pm - 12:30am
Dinner at 7:30pm prompt (3 course meal)  
2 Bottles of Complimentary House Wine per Table of 10 people  
Dress to dazzle and a chance to win fabulous prizes!
Party goers Bed and Breakfast rate: £40 per person
Book now on 01388 811772 or email
A fantastic festive offer. Two for One lunches on selected days.  Please call 0191 329 3535 to book.

Durham Office Services provide a range of virtual office services -  call answering,   business address, mail management and administrative support - designed to allow you to focus and concentrate your time and energy  on your business rather than in your business.

With our fantastic team of Sarah, Sue and Beth (pictured) ready to answer calls at Portland House, our telephone answering clients are ensured a friendly and professional service!


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