(L-R) Sarah Slaven, Business Durham’s interim managing director, and Michael Harriott, business engagement officer (DBOP)
Chloe Shakesby

New programme launched to support Durham SMEs' recovery from pandemic

A Durham business support organisation has announced that it is launching a new programme to help support SMEs following the economic impact of Covid-19.

Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, is launching the new two-year Opportunities Programme (DBOP) Covid Recovery Support for Micro and Small Businesses.

The programme will be delivered by the CDC Enterprise Agency and will offer one-to-one support sessions focusing on developing marketing and sales plans, as well as other strategies to help combat the impact of coronavirus.

It is expected to support at least 110 micro and small businesses throughout County Durham.

As part of the programme businesses can also apply for a £500 grant to contribute towards the implementation costs of a marketing or sales plan.

Sarah Slaven, Business Durham’s interim managing director, commented: “The recent local restrictions, and now second national lockdown, are a prime example of how the Covid-19 crisis will continue to affect businesses in different ways and at different times, often unexpectedly.

“The Durham Business Opportunities Programme is an excellent opportunity for micro and small companies from across County Durham to benefit from professional advice and support to help them navigate the economic impact of COVID-19 and beyond.

“The programme is all about increasing sales, raising your business profile, and helping you get back on track. I encourage all County Durham micro and small businesses to take advantage of the scheme.”

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