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Specialist support.

The Durham Business Growth programme aims to empower County Durham businesses by providing long-term investment and strategic assistance.

Are you running a Tourism and Hospitality business facing the challenge of increasing competition and rapid advances in technology?

The Durham Business Growth Programme focuses on practical ways to boost your business exposure, leads and sales. It’s designed and delivered by tourism sector professionals, just like you. 

Why Join the Programme?


Tailored Action Plans

Every business is unique. That’s why you’ll receive an action plan to address your specific challenges and capitalise on your strengths. Whether you’re a boutique hotel owner, a visitor attraction, a retail business, or a restaurant manager, we’ve got you covered.


Access to online Masterclasses

Stay ahead of the curve with our engaging masterclasses. Led by experts, these sessions cover topics including direct marketing, what makes a great website, creating content that works, and managing your online reputation. You’ll gain practical insights and actionable tips to enhance your business.


One-to-One Support

Need guidance on complex topics like optimising your online booking system? Struggling with distribution channels? Our dedicated advisors are here to assist you with an individual session to discuss your business goals, troubleshoot challenges, and explore growth opportunities.


Networking Opportunities

Connect with fellow entrepreneurs and local businesses at masterclass workshops to exchange ideas, collaborate, and build valuable relationships.  


Further Resources

Knowledge is power. In some cases, there are many helpful programmes, advice, data, and even funding. We’ll help you find additional support and tools you need to thrive.

Open to 25 eligible County Durham-based businesses. 

This support will be delivered by Avenue Six

Avenue Six is a company that provides consultancy services to destinations and businesses and DMC services to the international travel trade. The team from Avenue Six providing specialist support to the Durham Business Growth programme comprises Jackie Ellis, Melanie Sensicle and Nick Head. They are joined by local retail and hospitality expert Graham Soult.  


The team has significant and diverse experience of supporting businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector and worked together on a project to provide businesses support to over 150 business across Somerset to help with Covid-19 recovery and planning for future growth.  Individually they have acted as business mentors in the UK and across Europe and worked as destination managers, hoteliers, retailers and tour reps. Collectively their knowledge, skills and experience covers marketing including digital marketing, customer service, product development, commercial operations, business planning, online distribution systems and sustainable tourism and they have sector specialisms in accommodation, attractions, hospitality, tourism services, retail, culture, heritage and food and drink.

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Register now to find out more about opportunities available.

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