Delivery Partners

Business Durham


Business Durham is the economic development organisation for County Durham, working on behalf of Durham County Council to deliver the environment for business and economic growth.

It is a knowledgeable and trusted guide which connects businesses with the funding, advice, and networks they need to grow and thrive.

Business Durham works closely with partners to encourage an enterprise culture, helping entrepreneurs to turn bright ideas into successful reality and students to develop enterprise skills to become our future business leaders.

Business Durham builds long-term relationships to foster sustainable growth in businesses, raising economic aspirations and making Durham a place where business is done.

Durham University

 Durham UniversityDurham University is one of QS World University Rankings top 100 universities in the world, and is consistently ranked as a top ten university in national league tables.

A member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities, Durham University has a global reputation and performance in research and education. It is ranked in the world top 40 globally for the employability of its students by blue-chip companies world-wide (QS World University Rankings) and has the highest rate of employment and further study in the UK for undergraduates completing their first degree (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017/18).

New College Durham


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New College Durham prides itself on excellence in education, delivering a diverse and dynamic curriculum in an inspirational learning environment.

With designated Ofsted outstanding status, the college boasts excellent pass rates and student achievement rates.

New College Durham is the top performing college in the North East LEP for achievement and retention of apprentices, and its state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing centre is due for completion in September 2019.



EU Structural Investments

Durham City Incubator is part of Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise (DICE) which is part funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme.

Northstar Ventures

 North Star Ventures

Northstar Ventures has been supporting entrepreneurs since 2004 across the North East. Northstar provides venture capital and impact investments to entrepreneurs with big ideas.

Northstar is always on the look out for innovative founders, strong teams and great ideas – ideas that will drive high growth, scalable businesses. The organisation’s experienced team works closely with companies in its portfolio to offer advice and support as well as capital.

Northern Powerhouse


Northern Powerhouse is about boosting the local economy by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture, as well as devolving significant powers and budgets to directly elected mayors to ensure decisions in the North are made by the North.

They are backing business growth right across the North, and giving our great cities the power and resources they need to reach their huge untapped potential.