Graham Soult at the Durham Business Club breakfast at the Honest Lawyer Hotel in 2017

In our members’ words

“Important connections”

Positive words from Jane Reynolds of Northstar Ventures

“The Durham Business Club meetings are well structured and offer an opportunity to grow business awareness in the County Durham region.

“With a choice of events taking place morning, afternoon and evening, at a wide range of venues, it is a focus for networking.

“It is an objective of Northstar Ventures to raise awareness of the North East (ERDF) Innovation Fund and the North East Social Investment Fund and the Club continues to offer that opportunity.

“A great place to make those connections that are so important to business.”

Jane Reynolds, Business Development Manager, Northstar Ventures

“An extended family”

Testimonial from DBC member Lynn Hughes of Whitworth Hall

“Being a part of DBC is like being part of an extended family where you all look out for each other and offer support freely, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun without actually realising that you are growing your businesses together.”

Lynn Hughes, Whitworth Hall Hotel

“Feelgood factor”

Testimonial from DBC member Martin Thompson of Thorn Lighting

“As a member of Durham Business Club, it gives Thorn Lighting great pleasure to have our brand more well known within our own backyard, and for us to learn about other regional businesses and places.

“The Durham Business Club networking is very good, with a genuine feelgood factor running through the members.”

Martin Thompson, Thorn Academy of Light Manager, Thorn Lighting Limited

“Great value”

“We have been members of Durham Business Club for many many years, and the staff and directors are friendly and helpful.

“It is great value, useful for all sorts of businesses, and a good way to meet lots of people.”

Nancy Radford, Roundtuit Coaching

“Proud members”

“We are very proud to be members of Durham Business Club. Alison and the team work tirelessly to bring a huge range of high-quality networking events to the membership.

“There’s always something going on – be it the opportunity to have an insider’s insight into an exciting new venue or to hear from an inspiring speaker. The tone of the events is always relaxed, informal, warm and friendly – and it’s been a fantastic way for us at Beamish to grow the museum’s connections with the business community.

“I would recommend Durham Business Club unreservedly – it’s really great value for your business, and also great fun!”

Sally Dixon, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North

“Generated new business”

“I’ve been in the area now for two years, and have generated a sizeable amount of new business – 80% of which has come from contacts and links established with Durham Business Group.

“Their relaxed networking allows me the chance to visit new places and meet new people on a monthly basis.”

Bob Park, Aspiral Learning

“Warm welcome”

Kind words from Adam Brown of Great Annual Savings Group

“Durham Business Club is one of the best networking groups I’ve attended. Alison is a great figurehead for the Club, and there’s always a really warm welcome to every event.

“Some of them are held at exclusive venues, such as the opening of new hotels, and this shows the high regard in which the Club is held in the North East business community.”

Adam Brown, Great Annual Savings Group

“Diverse membership”

“Durham Business Club offers unique events, and opportunities to meet new and existing contacts from a diverse membership of businesses.”

Stephen Adair, Broad Chare Partners 

“Great atmosphere”

“I would like to thank you all at DBG for welcoming me back to the group and have to say that [Ramside Hall] was a lovely venue, well planned, the buffet was excellent (wish I had eaten more of it!) and the atmosphere was great – well done you guys!”

Soraya Taylor, Desirably Creative  

“Paid for itself many times over”

Testimonial from DBC member Graham Soult of

“For me, networking is as much a social thing as it is work. Being a member of Durham Business Club helps me feel a part of the local business community, with the opportunity to meet interesting people in a relaxed environment.

“Relationships always take time to be established, but some of my biggest clients now are organisations that I first met, directly or indirectly, through a Durham Business Club event. I can safely say that my annual membership fee has paid for itself many times over.”

Graham Soult, (pictured)

“Favourite networking event”

Praise for Durham Business Club from Richard Carter of Peacock Carter

“Durham Business Club has helped Peacock Carter grow our business not only through new clients introduced during meetings, but through a range of professional contacts.

“The relaxed, informal atmosphere makes it easy to talk to members, new and old, making it by far my favourite networking event in the North East.”

Richard Carter, Peacock Carter Ltd

“The perfect platform”

“Durham Business Club has a reputation for friendly and informal networking which is thoroughly deserved thanks to the dedicated work of Alison and the rest of the team.

“Not only do DBC  provide excellent networking opportunities for businesses of all sizes they manage to do this in some of the region’s most fantastic settings.

“DBC have provided the perfect platform to inform a large cross section of regional businesses about Open Treasure which has helped grow the 995 Club tremendously.”

Durham Cathedral

“Guaranteed to meet someone new”

“I have attended many breakfast events of Durham Business Club. The attraction is that they are always well attended by an excellent cross section of the business community and you’re nearly always guaranteed to meet someone new.

“I have a good range of new contacts that I would not otherwise have met and this has enabled us to try and help each other win business.

“Meeting up in a relaxed atmosphere in some great venues has been of value to our business and I would recommend anyone to attend an upcoming event.”

Mike Layfield, Lateral Financial Ltd

“Lovely, friendly bunch”

“I really enjoyed meeting everyone, such a lovely, friendly bunch, looking forward to the next one already.”

Joanne Waddell, Sage UK Ltd