Durham businesses urged to tap into manufacturing growth programme


Growing businesses from County Durham’s manufacturing and engineering sectors are being urged not to miss out on tapping into support from a unique exhibition programme.

The Incubator Zone is a support strand of Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), created to help new and growing micro and SMEs within the engineering and manufacturing sectors to exhibit at EMCON.

The project was added to the EMCON line-up in 2017 and has so far supported 39 firms to participate in the annual networking event, held at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

This year’s event in on Thursday 10 October.

Eligible companies are being sought for what could be the final year the Incubator Zone will be held, and by doing so tap into the 12-hours of support provided and the discounted exhibitor package which comes with it.

Ben Gilhespy is operations director at the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) which organises EMCON. He said: “Over the last couple of years since it was introduced, the Incubator Zone programme has helped dozens of businesses to win work, or to put themselves on the radars of some of the biggest companies in the region and beyond with a view to winning contracts further down the line.”