Darlington Council Business Support

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Are you a Darlington based business looking for business funding and support? Or, are you thinking about relocating your business to the Darlington area? Working in partnership, the Invest in Darlington team help provide you with a dedicated, tailor made service to help your business grow.

Darlington Borough Council’s specialist business growth and inward investment team has a strategic aim to secure new investment and employment for the borough. The team can provide a comprehensive, free and confidential package of advice and assistance for location consultants and potential investors, as well as supporting the start-up and growth of existing businesses located in Darlington.

Some of the services available to you include:

  • Advice on funding for your business growth projects
  • Advice on financial initiatives within Darlington
  • Support to identify skills gaps and training
  • Links to intermediaries
  • On-going support if required

Invest

We provide a dedicated point of contact for businesses looking to establish themselves in Darlington, from first engagement through to actual investment who will provide:

  • Land and property search and shortlisting
  • Co-ordinated responses from other parts of the council such as planning, building control,
    environmental health and highways, as well as providing relevantinformation and contacts for
    infrastructure service providers, or utilities provision;
  • Introductions to external specialists, intermediaries and business networks
  • Advice on sources of funding and business support incentives available
  • Economic data to support business case development
  • Staff relocation information such as housing, schooling, local transport networks

Grow

We provide ongoing support for businesses based in Darlington to help them grow. Services include:

  • Identification of suitable sites and premises for business relocations or expansions
  • Advice on business funding and grant opportunities
  • Guidance on accessing training services and funding streams for staff development, including
    impartial advice on local training providers for employing apprentices and graduates
  • Introductions into key business networks and professional service providers
  • Business networking events and workshops, including an annual recruitment fair and employers
    apprenticeship fair

Start

We work with a range of start-up support partners including TEDCO and Virgin Start-Up who
provide practical advice and guidance on:

  • Business planning
  • Raising finance
  • Marketing
  • Legislation

We can also identify suitable sites and premises to house your business in Darlington.