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Transforming County Durham Businesses

Digital Drive is a £4m initiative that aims to help SMEs in County Durham to maximise their growth potential and sustainability through digital technology.

Digital Drive is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Business Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council, and private investment. The initiative forms part of the wider Digital Durham initiative to improve broadband speeds for residents and businesses across the North East.

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The Digital Durham programme is a £35 million initiative to transform broadband speeds for residents and businesses across the North East region.

Broadband suppliers are not always inclined to invest in communities where it will take a long time to get a financial return on their investment.


This is where the Digital Durham programme comes in to help fill those gaps.

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Business Durham is the economic development arm of Durham County Council.

It is a knowledgeable and trusted guide, which connects businesses with the right funding, advice, and networks they need to grow and thrive.


Business Durham works closely with partners to encourage an enterprise culture, helping entrepreneurs to turn bright ideas into successful reality and students to develop enterprise skills to become our future business leaders.

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Digital Drive County Durham is made available through our delivery organisation UMi.


UMi connects businesses with the right information, resources and expertise so they can get more of what they want - customers, talent, funding - and go further. 

For over 14 years we have specialised in helping guide over 450,000 small and medium sized businesses. Our 145 strong team located across the UK get a buzz out of making a difference, not just through the businesses they help, but in the communities where they live and work.