Living in Consett, I was absolutely chuffed to discover The DO Business Network.
I've been networking (and running our own events) since we launched Sparkle, but as soon as I became a member of DBN, I knew it was the one for me. It's an informal and supportive business community passionate about the businesses in Derwentside and most of all filled with interesting, friendly and approachable business people.
None of your cliques here.
Over the last 2 years, The DO Business network has launched itself as a CIC, doubled the membership and delivered invaluable business training for its members.
Digital Sparkles has delivered on two of its flagship digital programmes providing 12 hours of funded support to dozens of businesses based within the Derwentside and County Durham.
Following our training, David from The Derwentside Business Network itself took the time to write the following kind words:
"I had always felt nervous about using social media as I never knew what to write to make an impact. Nicola helped to break that trepidation by showing us how to approach social media. The presentation clearly showed the benefits of using social media to reach out to other businesses.
A clear plan and strategy were essential in how to target individual messages. We also learnt that social media does not need to take up a massive amount of time to boost business. It became clear that social media could focus on your customers, build your brand, and create and curate content. As someone who is not using social media to its full potential, I discovered that making a plan and then implementing it is the way forward.
Nicola gave us plenty to think about and how we can start using social media to get ourselves noticed in the wider business community."